Welding

Spark your career

The welding program prepares students for employment, including apprenticeship, in many industries, including aerospace, maritime, energy, construction and transportation. Students build skills across multiple processes, receiving training from Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) faculty. One of only two Washington colleges accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS), students can complete their studies with an associate’s degree and multiple welding certifications, including WABO (Washington Association of Building Officials). With an emphasis on hands-on training, graduates leave the welding program with both classroom knowledge and work experience. The program also has a strong reputation for giving back to the community, and, in particular, has been recognized for its contributions to Pierce County Parks and Recreation - Fantasy Lights.

General Information

Admissions Officer / Recruiter: Lee Williams
253.680.7188 | leewilliams@batestech.edu

Location: South Campus
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:15 a.m. - 3 p.m. (day) Mon-Fri, 2:30 - 10 p.m. (swing)

Program Length: Seven Quarters

  • National Median Salary$46,800
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings4,400

This information is base on data from August 2018. For updated information, visit careeronestop, a database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

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Welding - Associate of Applied Science: 120 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Students may choose courses from the following options to fulfill their degree requirements.

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CHEM&131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Introduction to ogranic chemistry and biochemistry includes the study of the nomenclature, structure, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds and biochemistry applications in the nursing fields. The course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science, such as genetics, microbiology, physiology and nutrition.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
POLS&101 - Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Students will study the United States Constitution, governmental institutions, the political system, and the regulatory processes embedded within the document. The course format is lecture/discussion.
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5
Quantitative 5.0 MATH&141 - Precalculus I
In this course students solve functions, function operations, rational, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and linear functions and equation solving, function graphs, matrices and determinants, sequences and series.
5
MATH&142 - Precalculus II
Right and oblique triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, inverse trig functions, vectors and polar coordinates, and parametric equations
5
MATH&146 - Statistics
This course is designed to teach the student counting rules, probability, mean and standard deviation, graphing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Also applications in business, health and technology
5
MATH&151 - Calculus
Limits and limit laws, continuity, tangents and rates of change, derivatives using definition and differentiation rules for polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic and transcendental functions, max/min problems, LHospitals rule, Newtons method and antidifferentiation.
5
MATH&153 - Calculus III
Emphasizes the study of infinite sequences and series including power series. Topics include plane analytic geometry, graphing in polar coordinates, and an introduction to vectors.
5
MATH171 - Technical Math
Application of linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry and vectors and their applications in the technical workplace.
5
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
5
MATH174 - Math for Allied Health
Mathematical concepts for allied health fields including systems of measurement, use of formulas, ratios and proportions in health applications; and basic statistics
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
WELD101 WELD101 - Safety Principles
This course is an introduction to the safety practices and procedures common to the welding industry
2
WELD102 WELD102 - Fabrication Plans
Students read, interpret and create graphic drawings to complete welding projects
4
WELD103 WELD103 - Pre and Post Welding Activiteis
This course is an introduction to the tools, equipment, and materials used in the layout and fabrication of welding project
2
WELD104 WELD104 - Oxyacetalene Cutting
This course is an introduction to the use of oxy/acetylene welding and cutting equipment
3
WELD105 WELD105 - Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding
This course is an introduction to the SMAW process with emphasis safety and theory. This class is the beginning in developing eye - hand coordination using fast fill SMAW electrodes on different grove designs and weld positions
5
WELD107 WELD107 - Brazing and Soldering
Students perform brazing and soldering techniques with emphasis on the changes in the process encountered at various temperatures
1
WELD108 WELD108 - Full Penetration Welds - Flat/Horizontal
This course is an extension of weld 107, using more advanced welding techniques in the flat and horizontal positions
5
WELD109 WELD109 - Full Penetration Welds - Vertical/Overhead
This course is an extension of weld 107, using more advances welding techniques in the vertical and overhead positions
5
WELD110 WELD110 - Full Penetration Welds - Open Root
This course is an advanced SMAW class using fast freeze electrodes in preparation for pipe welding
5
WELD111 WELD111 - Introduction to Gas Metal Arc Welding
Students receive instruction on the GMAW process learning theory, safety, and equipment set up
3
WELD112 WELD112 - Gas Metal Arc Welding - Full Penetration
In this course students use hands-on application of the different transfer modes of GMAW on mild steel in all positions
4
WELD113 WELD113 - Gas Metal Arc Welding - Aluminum
In this course students use hands-on application of the different transfer modes of GMAW on aluminum in all positions
5
WELD114 WELD114 - Introduction to Flux Core Arc Welding
Students receive instruction on the FCAW process learning theory, safety and equipment set up
4
WELD115 WELD115 - Flux Core Arc Welding - Full Penetration
Students use the hands-on application skill of FCAW in all positions, on mild steel
5
WELD116 WELD116 - Carbon Arc Cutting
This course is designed to teach students how to safely use plasma arc and carbon arc cutting techniques
5
WELD117 WELD117 - Welding Symbols
Students learn to read and interpret welding symbols and abbreviations using fabrication plans and drawings common to the welding industry per American welding society.
5
WELD201 WELD201 - Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
This course is an introduction to the gas tungsten arc GTAW welding process. Topics include correct selection of tungsten, polarity, gas, and proper filler rod with emphasis placed on safety, equipment setup, and welding techniques
5
WELD202 WELD202 - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding - Full Penetration
Students receive instruction on the GTAW process performing fillet and groove welds with various electrodes and filler materials on steel and stainless steel.
5
WELD203 WELD203 - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding - Aluminum
Students learn to perform GTAW fillet and groove welds on aluminum
5
WELD204 WELD204 - Welding Certification Testing - SMAW
This course gives the student certification testing time in SMAW
5
WELD205 WELD205 - Advanced Welding Applications - Pipe/SMAW
This course covers the knowledge and skills that apply to welding pipe. Topics include pipe positions, joint geometry, and preparation with emphasis placed on bead application, profile, and weld discontinuities. Students perform SMAW welds to applicable codes on carbon steel pipe with prescribed electrodes in various positions
5
WELD206 WELD206 - Advanced Welding Applications - Pipe/GTAW
This course is designed to enhance skills with the GTAW welding process. Topics include setup, joint preparation, and electrode selection with an emphasis on manipulative skills in all welding positions on pipe
5
WELD207 WELD207 - Welding Certification Testing - Flux Core
This course gives the student certification testing time in flux cored arc welding (FCAW).
5
WELD208 WELD208 - Non-destructive Testing
This course is an introduction to non-destructive testing methods used to detect discontinuities to help assure standards of quality in welding. Emphasis is placed on safety, types and methods of testing, and the use of testing equipment and materials
2
WELD210 WELD210 - Advanced Welding Applications - Project
This course offers the student the opportunity to use the knowledge and skills learned in class and apply then to actual projects or in the work based learning program with no lecture
5

Welder - Certificate of Competency: 103 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Students may choose courses from the following options to fulfill their degree requirements.

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CHEM&131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Introduction to ogranic chemistry and biochemistry includes the study of the nomenclature, structure, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds and biochemistry applications in the nursing fields. The course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science, such as genetics, microbiology, physiology and nutrition.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
POLS&101 - Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Students will study the United States Constitution, governmental institutions, the political system, and the regulatory processes embedded within the document. The course format is lecture/discussion.
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5
Quantitative 5.0 MATH&141 - Precalculus I
In this course students solve functions, function operations, rational, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and linear functions and equation solving, function graphs, matrices and determinants, sequences and series.
5
MATH&142 - Precalculus II
Right and oblique triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, inverse trig functions, vectors and polar coordinates, and parametric equations
5
MATH&146 - Statistics
This course is designed to teach the student counting rules, probability, mean and standard deviation, graphing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Also applications in business, health and technology
5
MATH&151 - Calculus
Limits and limit laws, continuity, tangents and rates of change, derivatives using definition and differentiation rules for polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic and transcendental functions, max/min problems, LHospitals rule, Newtons method and antidifferentiation.
5
MATH&152 - Calculus II
Course content includes the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, definite and indefinite integrals, methods of integration, applications of integration, and improper integrals. The course also includes an introduction to first order differential equations, antiderivatives, definite and indefinite integrals, and methods of integration.
5
MATH&153 - Calculus III
Emphasizes the study of infinite sequences and series including power series. Topics include plane analytic geometry, graphing in polar coordinates, and an introduction to vectors.
5
MATH171 - Technical Math
Application of linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry and vectors and their applications in the technical workplace.
5
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
5
Math173 - Mathematic Concepts for Child Care/Early Education
Mathematics for Early Childhood Educators focuses on the conceptual understanding, connections between and the application of math concepts. Concepts include number systems and computation, geometry, measurement, data analysis, probability and statistics, and problem solving. Emphasis is placed on the ability to communicate mathematical concepts in ways appropriate for young children.
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
WELD101 WELD101 - Safety Principles
This course is an introduction to the safety practices and procedures common to the welding industry
2
WELD102 WELD102 - Fabrication Plans
Students read, interpret and create graphic drawings to complete welding projects
4
WELD103 WELD103 - Pre and Post Welding Activiteis
This course is an introduction to the tools, equipment, and materials used in the layout and fabrication of welding project
2
WELD104 WELD104 - Oxyacetalene Cutting
This course is an introduction to the use of oxy/acetylene welding and cutting equipment
3
WELD105 WELD105 - Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding
This course is an introduction to the SMAW process with emphasis safety and theory. This class is the beginning in developing eye - hand coordination using fast fill SMAW electrodes on different grove designs and weld positions
5
WELD107 WELD107 - Brazing and Soldering
Students perform brazing and soldering techniques with emphasis on the changes in the process encountered at various temperatures
1
WELD108 WELD108 - Full Penetration Welds - Flat/Horizontal
This course is an extension of weld 107, using more advanced welding techniques in the flat and horizontal positions
5
WELD109 WELD109 - Full Penetration Welds - Vertical/Overhead
This course is an extension of weld 107, using more advances welding techniques in the vertical and overhead positions
5
WELD110 WELD110 - Full Penetration Welds - Open Root
This course is an advanced SMAW class using fast freeze electrodes in preparation for pipe welding
5
WELD111 WELD111 - Introduction to Gas Metal Arc Welding
Students receive instruction on the GMAW process learning theory, safety, and equipment set up
3
WELD112 WELD112 - Gas Metal Arc Welding - Full Penetration
In this course students use hands-on application of the different transfer modes of GMAW on mild steel in all positions
4
WELD113 WELD113 - Gas Metal Arc Welding - Aluminum
In this course students use hands-on application of the different transfer modes of GMAW on aluminum in all positions
5
WELD114 WELD114 - Introduction to Flux Core Arc Welding
Students receive instruction on the FCAW process learning theory, safety and equipment set up
4
WELD115 WELD115 - Flux Core Arc Welding - Full Penetration
Students use the hands-on application skill of FCAW in all positions, on mild steel
5
WELD116 WELD116 - Carbon Arc Cutting
This course is designed to teach students how to safely use plasma arc and carbon arc cutting techniques
5
WELD117 WELD117 - Welding Symbols
Students learn to read and interpret welding symbols and abbreviations using fabrication plans and drawings common to the welding industry per American welding society.
5
WELD201 WELD201 - Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
This course is an introduction to the gas tungsten arc GTAW welding process. Topics include correct selection of tungsten, polarity, gas, and proper filler rod with emphasis placed on safety, equipment setup, and welding techniques
5
WELD202 WELD202 - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding - Full Penetration
Students receive instruction on the GTAW process performing fillet and groove welds with various electrodes and filler materials on steel and stainless steel.
5
WELD203 WELD203 - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding - Aluminum
Students learn to perform GTAW fillet and groove welds on aluminum
5
WELD204 WELD204 - Welding Certification Testing - SMAW
This course gives the student certification testing time in SMAW
5
WELD205 WELD205 - Advanced Welding Applications - Pipe/SMAW
This course covers the knowledge and skills that apply to welding pipe. Topics include pipe positions, joint geometry, and preparation with emphasis placed on bead application, profile, and weld discontinuities. Students perform SMAW welds to applicable codes on carbon steel pipe with prescribed electrodes in various positions
5

Welder I - Certificate of Training: 32 Credits

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Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
WELD101 WELD101 - Safety Principles
This course is an introduction to the safety practices and procedures common to the welding industry
2
WELD102 WELD102 - Fabrication Plans
Students read, interpret and create graphic drawings to complete welding projects
4
WELD103 WELD103 - Pre and Post Welding Activiteis
This course is an introduction to the tools, equipment, and materials used in the layout and fabrication of welding project
2
WELD104 WELD104 - Oxyacetalene Cutting
This course is an introduction to the use of oxy/acetylene welding and cutting equipment
3
WELD105 WELD105 - Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding
This course is an introduction to the SMAW process with emphasis safety and theory. This class is the beginning in developing eye - hand coordination using fast fill SMAW electrodes on different grove designs and weld positions
5
WELD107 WELD107 - Brazing and Soldering
Students perform brazing and soldering techniques with emphasis on the changes in the process encountered at various temperatures
1
WELD108 WELD108 - Full Penetration Welds - Flat/Horizontal
This course is an extension of weld 107, using more advanced welding techniques in the flat and horizontal positions
5
WELD109 WELD109 - Full Penetration Welds - Vertical/Overhead
This course is an extension of weld 107, using more advances welding techniques in the vertical and overhead positions
5
WELD117 WELD117 - Welding Symbols
Students learn to read and interpret welding symbols and abbreviations using fabrication plans and drawings common to the welding industry per American welding society.
5

Welder II - Certificate of Training: 31 Credits

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Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
WELD110 WELD110 - Full Penetration Welds - Open Root
This course is an advanced SMAW class using fast freeze electrodes in preparation for pipe welding
5
WELD111 WELD111 - Introduction to Gas Metal Arc Welding
Students receive instruction on the GMAW process learning theory, safety, and equipment set up
3
WELD112 WELD112 - Gas Metal Arc Welding - Full Penetration
In this course students use hands-on application of the different transfer modes of GMAW on mild steel in all positions
4
WELD113 WELD113 - Gas Metal Arc Welding - Aluminum
In this course students use hands-on application of the different transfer modes of GMAW on aluminum in all positions
5
WELD114 WELD114 - Introduction to Flux Core Arc Welding
Students receive instruction on the FCAW process learning theory, safety and equipment set up
4
WELD115 WELD115 - Flux Core Arc Welding - Full Penetration
Students use the hands-on application skill of FCAW in all positions, on mild steel
5
WELD116 WELD116 - Carbon Arc Cutting
This course is designed to teach students how to safely use plasma arc and carbon arc cutting techniques
5

Students prepare for apprenticeship employment as welders, filling positions in industries including shipbuilding, industrial construction, energy fields, sheet metal, and auto body. Extensive practical training in all aspects of welding is included as students work in the shop on a variety of welding projects. Upon completion of the welding competencies, students are encouraged to take the certification tests for the American Welding Society and the Washington Association of Building Officials. This program also provides extended learning for persons previously or currently employed in these professions. Note: Through an Opportunity Grant, special tuition and book funding is available to assist low-income adult students entering this program.

At the successful completion of the program curriculum, students will be able to:

  1. Weld in (flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions) using the basic welding processes SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, and GTAW.
  2. Perform metal layout processes.
  3. Cut metals using (oxyfuel and, plasma, arc) cutting process.
  4. Apply the fundamentals of welding processes.
  5. Apply the principles of metallurgy during the welding process.
  6. Read and interpret basic blueprints and welding symbols to fabricate components.
  7. Apply basic math and measurement.
  8. Follow industry safety practices.

In addition, the following college-wide learning outcomes reflect the guiding expectations of all programs at Bates Technical College:

  • Human Diversity
  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Follow the link for gainful employment info concerning this program: Gainful Employment

Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.

Instructors

  • Rick Huston (Day)

    253.680.7454 | Email

  • William Knox

    253.680.7455 | Email

  • Pat Normandeau

    253.680.7451 | Email

  • Tyler Renner

    253.680.7456 | Email