Program Mission: The Chesapeake College Welding Advanced Certificate is designed to prepare students for immediate employment as a certified welder, welding technician, or intermediate welder. Completing this program will prepare students to pass most of the AWS certification exams. Chesapeake College is an Educational Institution Member of the American Welding Society.
Program Description: The MIG & TIG Welder/Fabricator Certificate provides students with specialized instruction in GMAW, GTAW, and metal fabrication. Students are also given opportunities to develop proficiency with shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), thermal and mechanical cutting processes. This certificate is designed for students interested in career pathways involving structural and decorative metal fabrication in shop-settings using carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Completing this program will prepare students to pass various American Welding Society (AWS) performance qualification tests. Safety and professionalism are stressed throughout the program. Students should consult with the College’s Admissions Office or an academic advisor in planning an appropriate program.
Program Goals: The Advanced Welding Certificate program will:
- Promote technical competencies related to MIG and TIG welding/fabrication, as well as general occupational knowledge.
- Employ and promote safety standards and professionalism in the workplace.
- Prepare students for employment in the welding profession or for further study in the field.
Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate proper inspection, setup, and operation of equipment used for each welding and thermal cutting process used.
- Explain physical characteristics, mechanical properties, composition, and classification of common ferrous and nonferrous metals.
- Perform cutting operations using oxyfuel gas cutting (OFC) and plasma arc cutting (PAC).
- Demonstrate proficiency in GMAW, GTAW, SMAW, and FCAW processes.
- Operate GMAW and GTAW equipment to make fillet, grove, and pipe welds in all positions on carbon steel, stainless steel, and/or aluminum.
- Utilize practical math applications in arithmetic, trigonometry, and geometry during fabrication processes.
- Interpret welding symbols and detail drawings to produce fabricated assemblies.
- Utilize effective writing and speaking skills to communicate successfully in work situations.