2013-2014 Catalog & Handbook 
    Jan 23, 2020  
2013-2014 Catalog & Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Welding, Diploma

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The Welding diploma at Southeast Tech introduces students to welding safety, fundamentals of shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and plasma arc welding. Students are instructed in the setup and safe operation of welding equipment for various welding processes. In addition, ferrous and non-ferrous materials and the welding of these materials in all positions and with various joint designs are introduced. The second semester of this two-semester program is used to develop skills in two welding processes, with the goal of successfully completing an American Welding Society welding certification test.

  • Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) (You can either purchase a laptop on your own or purchase one from the STI Support Center. Estimated 750.00 for laptop.)

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a Diploma in Welding, a student will be able to:

Science & Technology

  • Gain proficiency in commonly used welding processes. (GMAW, SMAW, GTAW, FCAW)
  • Understand characteristics of various metals.
  • Understand how metal/material characteristics affect the welding process.
  • Understand the use and proper identification and selection of fillermetals and electrodes.
  • Understand the use, selection and application of shielding gasses.
  • Determine weld quality and identify weld defects and discontinuities.
  • Understand and correctly apply American Welding Society (AWS) codes and specifications.
  • Implement proper and appropriate safety measures for any weld process.
  • Understand and apply weld symbols, blueprints and engineering drawings.

Problem Solving/Critical Thinking

  • Identify, isolate and solve issues leading to weld defects and discontinuities.
  • Properly adjust weld parameters of  welding equipment to produce quality welds.
  • Locate and properly interpret AWS weld procedure specifications.
  • Identify weld defects and take proper steps to correct weld problems.
  • Determine the proper weld process and set-up for specific materials.


  • Maintain personal conduct in a manner that reflects well on the individual and the institution.
  • Treat customers, co-workers and the public with respect and understanding.
  • Maintain high standards in all work preformed.
  • Be a positive and productive team member.
  • Maintain a high degree of honesty and integrity.


  • Correctly read and interpret AWS codes and specifications.
  • Correctly read and interpret weld symbols, blueprints and work orders.
  • Communicate with customers, both internal and external, for the efficient and effective completion of any job.
  • Accept verbal or written direction from customers, co-workers or supervisors.
  • Communicate honestly and factually.

Program Curriculum - Total Credits: 34

First Semester

Additional Information

Students entering a program in any semester other than outlined may not graduate in the expected amount of time.

AWS Certification:

To qualify for AWS Certification Testing within the STI Welding Diploma program, students must:

  • Carry a 2.0 or greater cumulative GPA.
  • Meet all attendance requirements.
  • Be a student in good standing in all required classes.


Estimated total program fees

Tuition $3,536
Fees $3,026
Books & Supplies $360
TOTAL $7,162

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