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Welding Technology Diploma (D50420)


The Welding Technology curriculum provides students with a sound understanding of the science, technology, and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metal working industry.

Instruction includes consumable and non-consumable electrode welding and cutting processes. Courses may include math, blueprint reading, metallurgy, welding inspection, and destructive and non-destructive testing and provide the student with industry-standard skills developed through classroom training and practical application.

Graduates of the Welding Technology curriculum may be employed as entry-level technicians in welding and
metalworking industries. Career opportunities also exist in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision, and welding-related self- employment.

Course Sequence

Fall Semester Class Lab Credit
ISC 112 Industrial Safety 2 0 2
MAT 110 Math Measurement & Literacy (or higher) 2 2 3
WBL 110 World of Work 1 0 1
WLD 110 Cutting Processes 1 3 2
WLD 115 SMAW (Stick) Plate 2 9 5
WLD 116 SMAW (Stick) Plate/Pipe 1 9 4
9 23 17
Spring Semester
Communication Elective 3 0 3
WLD 121 GMAW (MIG) FCAW/Plate 2 6 4
WLD 131 GTAW (TIG) Plate 2 6 4
WLD 141 Symbols & Specifications 2 2 3
9 14 14
Summer Semester
WLD 132 GTAW Plate/Pipe 1 6 3
WLD 261 Certification Practices 1 3 2
2 9 5
Communication Elective – Choose one of the following: UGETC: COM 110, COM 120, ENG 111

Employment Competencies

Upon completion of the Welding Technology program, graduates will/should be able to-
1. Produce acceptable welds with correct set-up using the SMAW (Stick) process
2. Produce acceptable welds with correct set-up using the GMAW (MIG) process
3. Produce acceptable welds with correct set-up using the GTAW (TIG) process
4. Read and interpret welding specific blueprints and symbols

Employment Outlook

Employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to grow 3% from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The nation’s aging infrastructure will require the expertise of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings.

General Education Outcomes

Rockingham Community College has three general education outcomes:

Communication: Students will communicate using the conventions appropriate for the intended academic or professional audience.

Information Literacy: Students will locate, evaluate, and use appropriate information for academic and professional tasks.

Critical Thinking: Students will analyze information and ideas and develop reasoned solutions to academic or professional problems. 

Pass Rates by Year
"This course was challenging and very beneficial. The instructor was excellent at teaching, and explaining questions. The instructor was helpful and easy to get along with."
-- Fall 2021 Welding Student


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