Overview

The Welding degree prepares students for high-demand employment opportunities in industries such as manufacturing, construction, automotive, aerospace, and energy piping.

Students gain hands-on skill training in oxyacetylene welding (OAW), oxyfuel cutting (OFC), shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux core arc welding (FCAW) and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). Students also develop knowledge and skills in other welding areas including metal fabrication, visual inspection, and blueprint reading.

The degree program includes cooperative education work opportunities as well.

The Welding curriculum is aligned with the American Welding Society’s SENSE program.

Related Programs

Welding Certificate (WLDC)

Contacts

Program Chair

Michael (Mike) DeVore
PhD, PE

Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Weld in flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions
  • Read welding blueprints
  • Cut metal plates and structural shapes
  • Fabricate and weld multi-component parts
  • Inspect welds
  • Prepared for AWS Welding certifications

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Welding Technician
  • Welding Supervisor
  • Aerospace Welder
  • Fabrication Welder

Graduate Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for welders is expected to increase by 6 percent through 2022, driven by growth in U.S. manufacturing.

$36,300 average annual salary.

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

  • A. K. Steel Company
  • Enerfab Inc.
  • F&M Mafco
  • General Tool
  • Holden-American Fan
  • Welding-Allos USA

$11/hr - $17.50/hr

Co-op Salary Projections

Curriculum

Effective 2020-2021 academic year

Welding (WLD)

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
WLD 100 Fundamentals of Welding ( B) 2 3 3
WLD 105 Print Reading and Weld Design ( B) 2 2 3
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B) 1 0 1
WLD 115 Gas Metal Arc Welding and Flux Cored Arc Welding ( B) 2 6 4
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
Semester 2
WLD 111 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 1 ( B) 2 6 4
MAT 105 Quantitative Reasoning ( G) 2 2 3
PSY 10X Psychology Elective (G) 3 0 3
MET 111 Manufacturing Processes 1 ( T) 2 3 3
Semester 3
WLD 260 Weldability of Metals ( T) 2 2 3
MET 131 MET Computer Aided Drafting 1 ( T) 2 3 3
ENG 10X English Elective (G) 3 0 3
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities or Natural Science Elective (G) 3 0 3
Semester 4
WLD 210 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding ( T) 2 6 4
WLD 231 Pipe Welding 1 ( T) 2 6 4
CIT 105 OSHA 10 General Industry Safety ( T) 1 0 1
XXX XXX Welding Technical Elective (T) 2 2 3
Semester 5
WLD 220 Metal Fabrication ( T) 2 3 3
WLD 291 Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Welding ( T) 1 40 2
Semester 6
WLD 292 Full-Time Cooperative Education 2: Welding ( T) 1 40 2
WLD 250 Welding Inspection and Codes ( T) 2 3 3
Total Credits: 42 127 61

Electives

First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100 College Success Strategies: Overview 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies: Overview and Application 2
FYE 110 College Success Strategies: Practice and Application 3
Psychology Elective
PSY 100 Applied Psychology: Human Relations 3
PSY 102 Applied Psychology: Stress Management 3
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3
Arts/Humanities Elective (take one course from either Arts/Humanities or Natural Science) 3
Any ART, FRN, LIT, MUS, PHI, POL, REL, SPN, THE
Natural Sciences Elective (take one course from either Arts/Humanities or Natural Sciences)
Any CHE, EVS, PHY, PSC
English Composition Elective
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues 3
ENG 104 English Composition 2: Technical Communication 3
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication 3
Welding Technical Elective (select 1 course)
EET 101 Electronic Fundamentals 1 3
MET 112 Manufacturing Processes 2 3
MET 132 MET Computer Aided Drafting 2 3
MET 140 Engineering Materials 3
WLD 112 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 2 4
WLD 232 Pipe Welding 2 4
The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.

G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum
Some courses are offered in alternative versions identified with a letter after the course number -- for example, ENG 101 and ENG 101A.

• This curriculum displays only course numbers without the added letter.
• The alternative version, when available, meets the requirements of the course version without the added letter.

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