Interested in the metalworking industry? RLC students have several options to work both hands-on and in the classroom to prepare for a growing workforce. With one 2-year degree and five occupational certificates, there is something for every student. The welding, soldering, and brazing industry is expected to grow by 2.4 percent, or 1,180 new jobs, between 2010 and 2020, reports the U.S. Department of Labor.
Welding programs are designed to provide the student with a wide range of welding experiences. Programs will cover welding theory, blueprint reading, metallurgy and inspection and test procedures. There will be extensive laboratory practice in SMAW, GMAW, GTAW and oxy-acetylene welding processes. The student will learn to weld with electrodes and wires in all positions common to the welding industry. Program completers will have adequate skills to qualify for employment as a welder.
Degrees & Certificates in Welding TechnologyAPPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION
WELDING TECHNOLOGY - Degree
Associate in Applied Science Degree
The Welding Technology AAS will provide welding courses designed to assist welding professionals by expanding their knowledge base, core competencies and general education. Individually, each course addresses specific workplace situations. Additionally, successful completion of all courses offered demonstrates the student’s readiness to take the American Welding Society certification examinations.
► Total = 65 Hours
1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.
WELDING TECHNOLOGY - CertificateWelding programs are designed to provide the student with a wide range of welding experiences. Programs will cover welding theory, blueprint reading, metallurgy and inspection and test procedures. There will be extensive laboratory practice in SMAW, GMAW, GTAW and oxy-acetylene welding processes. The student will learn to weld with electrodes and wires in all positions common to the welding industry. Program completers will have adequate skills to qualify for employment as a welder.
Gainful Employment Information:
► Total = 24 Hours
PIPE WELDING TECHNOLOGY - Certificate
Prerequisite: The Welding Technology Certificate or five years documented experience as a welder, ability to pass the overhead and vertical up-bend test and permission of the instructor.
► Total = 12 Credit Hours
ADVANCED METALWORKING - Certificate
This certificate is for those students who are seeking to improve their skills for the metalworking industry. Students will increase their skills in the welding, machining and layout processes that are commonly used in the metalworking industry. The skills learned will provide students with the necessary entry-level skills required by most small- to medium-sized metalworking job shops.
► Total = 19 Hours
- Recognize the various type of welding (mig, tig, arc, pipe, etc.)
- Interpret lines, assembly, welding symbols, testing symbols, and abbreviation on welding blueprints.
- Interpret hand sketches
- Perform the mathematical functions of addition, subtraction, fractions, decimal, and angular measurements.
- Perform weld bend applications per AWS guidelines.
- Inspect weld bend applications
- Demonstrate appropriate safety measures to identify occupational hazards.
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