2017-2018 Catalog and Handbook 
    Feb 07, 2023  
2017-2018 Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Welding, Diploma

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 performed.
  • 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.