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Welding Technology

The welding technology curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to become a licensed certified welder.

Overview

San Bernardino Valley College offers classes in welding for all disciplines. Students desiring to learn a skill can receive training and can earn a welding certification. Students can also upgrade their welding skills and work towards earning Associate’s degree in GENERAL WELDING; they can also explorer courses in welding inspection ranging from Certified Welding Inspector to the International Code Counsel.

These inspection classes will prepare student for the written exams to become a licensed Weld Inspector. Valley College is renowned to be the place where “Students can make all their dreams come true.”

For more information about the career choice in welding, explore the 7 Incredible Facts About a Career in Welding.

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Degrees/Certificates

Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) Certificate

This certificate is designed to provide students with training in Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW-G and FCAW-S). This is the semi-automatic welding process often used to replace Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) in many industrial applications. Industry certifications are stressed.
Required Courses: Units
WELD 010 Introduction to Welding 2
WELD 090 Flux Cored Arc Welding-Gas Shielded 4
WELD 091 Flux Cored Arc Welding-Self Shielded 4
WELD 092 Flux Cored Arc Welding-Advanced 3
 
Total Units 13
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Show an understanding of the safety precautions for  working in a welding lab and demonstrate an awareness of the importance of safety in welding
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use tools related to the welding industries
  3. Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret prints and shop drawings to produce quality welds
  4. Demonstrate the ability to read and understand Welder Procedure Specification to produce quality welds
  5. Demonstrate the ability to fabricate and layout parts that meet quality standard
  6. Demonstrate the ability to pass a Welder Performance Qualification Test that meets the standard of acceptability to pass a National Standard

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Certificate

This certificate is designed to provide students with training in Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW). Metals will include Steel and Aluminum. Industry Certifications for both plate and pipe will be stressed.

Required Courses: Units
WELD 010 Introduction to Welding 2
WELD 080 Gas Metal Arc Welding-Beginning 3
WELD 081 Gas Metal Arc Welding-Intermediate 4
WELD 082 Gas Metal Arc Welding-Advanced 3
 
Total Units 12
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Show an understanding of the safety precautions for working in a welding lab and demonstrate an awareness of the importance of safety in welding
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use tools related to the welding industries
  3. Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret prints and shop drawings to produce quality welds
  4. Demonstrate the ability to read and understand Welder Procedure Specification to produce quality welds
  5. Demonstrate the ability to fabricate and layout parts that meet quality standard
  6. Demonstrate the ability to pass a Welder Performance Qualification Test that meets the standard of acceptability to pass a National Standard

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) Certificate

This certificate is designed to provide students with training in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). GTAW is commonly known as TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas Welding). Students will work with Steel, Stainless Steel and Aluminum in both plate and pipe applications. Industry Certifications are stressed.
Required Courses: Units
WELD 012 Oxy-Acetylene Welding 2
WELD 015 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding-Beginning 3
WELD 016 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding-Intermediate 4
WELD 017 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding-Advanced 3
 
Total Units 12
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Show an understanding of the safety precautions for working in a welding lab and demonstrate an awareness of the importance of safety in welding
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use tools related to the welding industries
  3. Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret prints and shop drawings to produce quality welds
  4. Demonstrate the ability to read and understand Welder Procedure Specification to produce quality welds
  5. Demonstrate the ability to fabricate and layout parts that meet quality standard
  6. Demonstrate the ability to pass a Welder Performance Qualification Test that meets the standard of acceptability to pass a National Standard

Pipe Welding Certificate

This certificate will give students an introduction into pipe welding with all of the four major welding processes used in the industry. These include SMAW, GMAW, FCAW-G/FCAW-S, and GTAW.
Required Courses: Units
WELD 017 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding-Advanced 3
WELD 047 Power Plant and Field Pipe Welding I 3
WELD 048 Power Plant and Field Pipe Welding II 4
WELD 082 Gas Metal Arc Welding-Advanced 3
WELD 092 Flux Cored Arc Welding-Advanced 3
 
Total Units 16
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Show an understanding of the safety precautions for  working in a welding lab and demonstrate an awareness of the importance of safety in welding
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use tools related to the welding industries
  3. Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret prints and shop drawings to produce quality welds
  4. Demonstrate the ability to read and understand Welder Procedure Specification to produce quality welds
  5. Demonstrate the ability to fabricate and layout parts that meet quality standard
  6. Demonstrate the ability to pass a Welder Performance Qualification Test that meets the standard of acceptability to pass a National Standard

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Certificate

This certificate is designed to train students in the use of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) often known as Arc or Stick Welding. Electrode identification, welding symbols, and joint design are stressed. Students working for certificates must have a basic knowledge of arithmetic, reading and writing in order to learn and work in the occupations they select.
Students must complete ALL the REQUIRED COURSES plus pass the SMAW Welding Certification either through the City of San Bernardino or Los Angeles. The practical welding certification test for both cities is administered by SBVC Welding Department.  
 
REQUIRED COURSES: Units
WELD 012 Oxy-Acetylene Welding 2
WELD 045 Beginning Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 3
WELD 046 Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 4
WELD 066 Preparation for Los Angeles City Welding Certification 3
 
Total Units 12
Students completing all course work but not finishing the SMAW Certification may proceed to the next certificate. In order to be awarded the certificate, both course work and certification must be completed.  
 
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Entry level employment as a certified/licensed welder
  2. Proper identification of electrodes as per AWS standards
  3. Trouble shooting welding defects and corrective actions

Welding Inspection Technology Certificate

This certificate is designed to prepare students for the American Welding Society (AWS) and/or International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) Welding Inspector examination.
REQUIRED COURSES: Units
WELD 010 Introduction to Welding 2
WELD 027 Inspection of Welds: Destructive Tests 3
WELD 028 Inspection of Welds: Non-Destructive Examination 3
WELD 045 Beginning Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 3
WELD 060 Layout Fitter I 4
WELD 065 Welding Inspection Visual 4
WELD 067 Structural Steel Special Inspection (ICBO) 2
 
Units
 
Total Units 21
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. The AWS certified welding inspector examination
  2. The ICBO or ICC welding inspector examination
  3. Determination of welding defects and the effects on soundness of welds
  4. Visual inspection of welds as to AWS standards

Welding Technology Certificate

This certificate is designed to provide students with an understanding of the terminology, concepts, procedures and skills used in the welding field to equip them with the fundamental skills necessary for entry- and intermediate-level employment in structural steel construction, maintenance of industrial equipment, strengthening and repair of infrastructure.
REQUIRED COURSES: Units
WELD 010 Introduction to Welding 2
WELD 012 Oxy-Acetylene Welding 2
WELD 015 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding-Beginning 3
WELD 016 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding-Intermediate 4
WELD 027 Inspection of Welds: Destructive Tests 3
  or
WELD 028 Inspection of Welds: Non-Destructive Examination 3
WELD 045 Beginning Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 3
WELD 046 Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 4
WELD 060 Layout Fitter I 4
WELD 066 Preparation for Los Angeles City Welding Certification 3
WELD 080 Gas Metal Arc Welding-Beginning 3
WELD 081 Gas Metal Arc Welding-Intermediate 4
WELD 090 Flux Cored Arc Welding-Gas Shielded 4
WELD 091 Flux Cored Arc Welding-Self Shielded 4
TECALC 087 Technical Calculations 4
 
Total Units 47
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Show an understanding of the safety precautions for  working in a welding lab and demonstrate an awareness of the importance of safety in welding
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use tools related to the welding industries
  3. Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret prints and shop drawings to produce quality welds
  4. Demonstrate the ability to read and understand Welder Procedure Specification to produce quality welds
  5. Demonstrate the ability to fabricate and layout parts that meet quality standard
  6. Students will demonstrate the ability to determine the causes of a weld failure using the knowledge and skills developed in destructive testing and correctly develop a new welding procedure that meets AWS code requirements for structural steel
  7. Students will demonstrate the ability to perform visual inspection on weld specimens along with dye penetrant, magnetic particle and ultrasonic examination. Students must also be able to write a clear and concise reports describing what type of weld discontinuity and reference it to a specific welding code
  8. Demonstrate the ability to pass a Welder Performance Qualification Test that meets the standard of acceptability to pass a National Standard

Welding Technology A.S. Degree Major

This degree is designed to provide students with an understanding of the terminology, concepts, procedures and skills used in the welding field to equip them with the fundamental skills necessary for entry- and intermediate-level employment in structural steel construction, maintenance of industrial equipment, strengthening and repair of infrastructure. To graduate with a specialization in Welding Technology, students must complete the following required courses for the certificate plus the general breadth requirements for the Associate of Science Degree (minimum total = 60 units)

REQUIRED COURSES: Units
WELD 010 Introduction to Welding 2
WELD 012 Oxy-Acetylene Welding 2
WELD 015 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding-Beginning 3
WELD 016 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding-Intermediate 4
WELD 027 Inspection of Welds: Destructive Tests 3
  or
WELD 028 Inspection of Welds: Non-Destructive Examination 3
WELD 045 Beginning Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 3
WELD 046 Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 4
WELD 060 Layout Fitter I 4
WELD 066 Preparation for Los Angeles City Welding Certification 3
WELD 080 Gas Metal Arc Welding-Beginning 3
WELD 081 Gas Metal Arc Welding-Intermediate 4
WELD 090 Flux Cored Arc Welding-Gas Shielded 4
WELD 091 Flux Cored Arc Welding-Self Shielded 4
TECALC 087 Technical Calculations 4
 
Total Units 47
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Show an understanding of the safety precautions for  working in a welding lab and demonstrate an awareness of the importance of safety in welding
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use tools related to the welding industries
  3. Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret prints and shop drawings to produce quality welds
  4. Demonstrate the ability to read and understand Welder Procedure Specification to produce quality welds
  5. Demonstrate the ability to fabricate and layout parts that meet quality standard
  6. Students will demonstrate the ability to determine the causes of a weld failure using the knowledge and skills developed in destructive testing and correctly develop a new welding procedure that meets AWS code requirements for structural steel
  7. Students will demonstrate the ability to perform visual inspection on weld specimens along with dye penetrant, magnetic particle and ultrasonic examination. Students must also be able to write a clear and concise reports describing what type of weld discontinuity and reference it to a specific welding code
  8. Demonstrate the ability to pass a Welder Performance Qualification Test that meets the standard of acceptability to pass a National Standard

Career Opportunities

The Welding Technology program prepares men and women for employment in welding occupations and occupations where welding is required.

Our program provides students with an understanding of the welding industry’s requirements for employment, and helps them to acquire entry-level job skills. Handson experience is emphasized in addition to a strong background in theory. Courses are held in two well-equipped welding labs. Upon successful completion of the program, a student will be able to weld with SMAW, FCAW, GMAW, GTAW, OAW and OFC in all positions with a variety of metals and alloys. The student will be able to certify in one or more of the following codes: API, AWS, and ASME depending on the individual skills.

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