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Certificate Programs

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New River Community College’s Welding Program offers three levels of completion based on the American Welding Society’s - SENSE program and time available to students. Completed certificate courses can transfer to other welding certificates. All three certificates are designed for completion in two semesters minimum. Welder qualifications are offered.
The completion certificates are:

  • Entry Level Welder for 16 Credits
  • Advanced Entry Level Welder for 26 Credits
  • Certificate in Welding for 35 Credits

Entry Level Welder Career Studies Certificate

Designed for students who work during the day.
Academic courses are not required.
Required courses are:

FIRST SEMESTER
WEL 123 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Basic
WEL 160 – Gas Metal Arc Welding
SECOND SEMESTER
WEL 141 - Welding Qualification Tests I
WEL 130 – Inert Gas Welding

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Advanced Welder Career Studies Certificate

Offers all the courses of the Entry Level Welder plus the day time courses:
WEL-100 Fundamentals of Welding; WEL-141 Welder Qualifications 1; and
SAF- 126 Principles of Industrial Safety.
Academic courses are not required.
Required courses are:

FIRST SEMESTER
WEL 100 - Fundamentals of Welding
WEL 123 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Basic
WEL 160 – Gas Metal Arc Welding
SAF 126 - Principles of Industrial Safety
SECOND SEMESTER
WEL 124 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Advanced
WEL 130 - Inert Gas Welding
WEL 141 – Welder Qualification Tests 1
 

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Welding Technology Certificate

Designed for full time day students.
A combination of day and evening classes may be utilized.
Academic courses are not required.
Required courses are:

FIRST SEMESTER
WEL 100 - Fundamentals of Welding
WEL 123 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Basic
WEL 160 – Gas Metal Arc Welding
SAF 126 - Principles of Industrial Safety
SDV 100 - College Success Skills
MTH 103 - Applied Technical Mathematics 1 (fall semester)
SECOND SEMESTER
WEL 130 - Inert Gas Welding
WEL 141 - Welder Qualification Tests I
WEL 145 - Welding Metallurgy
WEL 150 - Welding Drawing and Interpretation
ENG 108 – Critical Reading and Study Skills (spring semester)
 

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Course Descriptions

Welding 100 – The Fundamentals of Welding

Through the methods of lecture/discussion, films, and demonstration, the student will be introduced to electric and gas welding and cutting. The student will be provided with the fundamental principles of joining ferrous and non-ferrous metals, welding and cutting processes, equipment operation, and safety procedures. The student will develop the skills to safely use oxy-acetylene cutting equipment and the skills to use the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process in all positions. Training will also be included in plasma cutting and air carbon arc gouging with an introduction to shop fabrication equipment.


Welding 123 – Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) I

The student will be taught the operation of AC transformers and DC motor generator arc welding sets, welding polarities, heats and electrodes for use in joining various metal alloys by the arc welding process. The student will acquire the ability to weld in the flat and horizontal positions with a variety of electrodes. The student will acquire manipulative skill, and demonstrate his/her ability by passing an ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Sec. IX welder qualification test in the 2G position.


Welding 124 – Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) II

The student will gain skills welding in the vertical and overhead positions. The student will also be required to pass an ASME welder qualification test in the vertical (3G) and overhead (4G) positions.


Welding 130 – Inert Gas Welding (GTAW)

The student will acquire the ability to set up GTAW equipment and the skills to prepare tungsten electrodes for both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The student will develop welding skills in various positions and with a variety of base metals.


Welding 141 – Welder Qualification Tests

Studies techniques and practices of testing welded joints through destructive and non-destructive testing. (Prerequisites WEL 123 and WEL 160). Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 8 hours per week.


Welding 145 – Welding Metallurgy

Through the use of lab experiments the student will be able to understand the physical changes that take place in metals during and after welding. The student will also perform basic heat treating experiments to gain an understanding of their effects on steels.


Welding 160 – Semi-Automatic Welding Processes

The student will be able to set up and adjust gas metal arc equipment for welding in all positions. The student will gain skills with both solid and cored wire. The student will also pass an ASME welder qualification test in at least the horizontal and vertical positions.


Welding 199 –299 Supervised Study in Welding

The student will be assigned independent studies to complete for the purpose of gaining the abilities to fabricate, solve problems, and further develop the skills learned in the prerequisite welding courses. The student will also design a special welding course covering a special skill area, e.g., GTAW pipe welding, GMAW pipe welding, etc. The student will pass welder qualification tests in SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW.


Safety 126 – Principles of Industrial Safety

Teaches principles and practices of accident prevention, analysis of accident causes, mechanical safegaurds. fire prevention, housekeeping, occupational diseases, first aid, safety organization, protectionequipment and general safety principles and promotion. Lecture 3 hours per week.


CAD 161 – Blueprint Reading

Teaches the application of basic principles, visualization, orthographic projection, detail of drafting shop processes and terminology, assembly drawings and exploded views. Considers dimensioning, changes and corrections, classes of fits, tolerances and allowances, sections and conventions in blueprint reading. (Credit will not be awarded for both CAD 161 and DRF 161.) Lecture 1 hour. Total 1 hour per week.


CAD 231 – Computer Aided Drafting

Teaches computer aided drafting concepts and equipment designed to develop a general understanding of components and operate a typical CAD system. Lecture 1 hour. Labratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.

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