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WELDING TECHNOLOGY


Award: Certificate / 30 Credits
Location: Albert Lea  
Program Starts: Fall
Course Plan: Four Semesters

This certificate will provide students with knowledge of manufacturing processes and plant operations, along with an advanced skill set in welding technology and processes. Students will engage in topics of technical mathematics, introductory computer skills, print interpretation, manufacturing processes, quality control, maintenance, and safety. Also included in coursework, students will engage in topics of welding symbols, metallurgy, Plasma Arc Cutting and Air Carbon Arc Cutting (OxyFuel), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Flux Cord Arc Welding (FCAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW).

The nationwide Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) System, based upon industry-defined and federally-endorsed national standards, offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have acquired the skills increasingly needed in the high-growth, technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century. The MSSC System awards certificates to individuals who pass any of its four Production modules: Safety; Quality Practices & Measurement; Manufacturing Processes & Production; and Maintenance Awareness and a full Certified Production Technician (CPT) Certification to those who pass all four. Students completing this Certificate will have gained the knowledge required to pass the MSSC full-certified Production Technician Certification.

Accuplacer Requirements

All courses require a reading cut score of 52

CMAE 1502 Technical Math requires arithmetic cut score of 45

Employment Outlook

Riverland graduates from this program are eligible to immediately work in a variety of industries including production, fabrication, pipelines, maintenance or job shops around the region. You will find many appealing job opportunities, plus options to advance to supervisory positions after gaining work experience and developing skills.

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Welding Technology Certificate was last updated on 05/09/2014
Note: This is an unofficial document that should be used for planning purposes only. Course listings are provided only as a guideline and may be changed.

Course Sequence Example Plan - Four Semesters

Semester 1 - First 8 Weeks
Course # Course Title Credits
CMAE1502
Technical Mathematics
This is an introductory technical math course. The course is designed both for students who have basic math skills and for those who need a review of basic technical math concepts. The primary goal of this course is to help individuals acquire a solid foundation in the basic skills of math/shop algebra and geometry. This course will show how these skills can model and solve authentic real-world problems. This is a blended on-line course utilizing Tooling "U", Desire to Learn (D2L) and proctored unit exams. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)
3.00
CMAE1510
Print Reading
This course will orient the student to the basic skills and abilities required for understanding prints as utilized in a manufacturing/industrial environment. Emphasis will be placed upon the interpretation of lines and symbols, multi-view drawing (including orthographic projection, isometric and perspective drawings, title blocks, revision systems, dimensioning and tolerance symbols and principles.) Additional knowledge and skill development will include applications of math/geometry in relation to mechanical print reading, interpretation of basic weld symbols, and basic shop sketching. Students will apply the knowledge acquired through a variety of in-class activities and external assignments. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00
Total 5.00
Semester 1 - Second 8 Weeks
Course # Course Title Credits
CMAE1506
Introduction to Computers
This course is designed to provide a learning experience using critical thinking and problem solving approach. Students will develop the software concepts and practical skills they need to succeed beyond the classroom. Core learning activities will encompass the Microsoft Office suite. Specific software applications featured in this class include Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Additional software based skill development include email/netmail, Desire to Learn (D2L), Smart Thinking, Computer Security and E-folio. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 1 lect, 1 lab)
2.00
CMAE1562
Oxyfuel Welding and Cutting Process
This course covers the use of oxy-fuel equipment while welding, cutting, brazing, and using the Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC) and Air Carbon Arc Cutting (CAC-A) processes. There will also be in introduction into laser cutting equipment. A very important part of this course will be discussing safety as it relates to the thermal welding and cutting equipment. Time will be spent in the lab developing skills using the thermal welding and cutting processes. Welds will be made in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. Cuts will be made in the flat and horizontal positions. Written and fundamental tests will be done in accordance with the American Welding Society (AWS) codes and standards. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (3 Cr – 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00
Total 5.00
Semester II - First 8 Weeks
Course # Course Title Credits
CMAE1506
Introduction to Computers
This course is designed to provide a learning experience using critical thinking and problem solving approach. Students will develop the software concepts and practical skills they need to succeed beyond the classroom. Core learning activities will encompass the Microsoft Office suite. Specific software applications featured in this class include Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Additional software based skill development include email/netmail, Desire to Learn (D2L), Smart Thinking, Computer Security and E-folio. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 1 lect, 1 lab)
2.00
CMAE1564
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
Students will study the safety concerns connected with the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process, along with an introduction into the types of power sources used for arc welding, process applications, electrode selections, overview of weld types and other work-related safety conditions in the welding field. Time will be spent in the lab developing skills using the SMAW processes. Welds will be made in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. Written and fundamental tests will be done in accordance with the American Welding Society (AWS) codes and standards. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (3 Cr – 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00
Total 5.00
Semester II - Second 8 Weeks
Course # Course Title Credits
CMAE1526
Maintenance Awareness
The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Maintenance Awareness course introduces the concepts of Total Productive Maintenance and Preventative Maintenance. This course is designed to align with the MSSC assessment and certification system for Maintenance Awareness. Preparation for, and completion of, the MSSC-Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification assessment will be emphasized. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00
CMAE1570
Metallurgy and Mechanical Properties of Materials
This course covers the study of metals and how the effects of welding and heat treatments affect them. Terminology dealing with metallurgy will be in important part of the course. Physical and mechanical properties of ferrous and nonferrous metals will be covered along with the classifications of the different types of metals. By understanding the mechanical properties of metals, students will gain an understanding of the range of usefulness of the materials in the metal working community. Written tests will be done in accordance with the American Welding Society (AWS) codes and standards. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (1 Cr – 1 lect, 0 lab)
1.00
Total 3.00
Semester III - First 8 Weeks
Course # Course Title Credits
CMAE1566
Gas Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)/Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
Students will study the safety concerns associated with the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Flux Cord Arc Weld (FCAW). The GMAW process will be discussed in depth in relationship to the different types of modes of transfer available, shielding gases, and the different types of materials that can be welded. Differences in the electrode types of gas-shielded wires and self-shielded wires will be discussed along with the types of shielding gases that are used. There will be discussions on the importance of how the welding process intersects with the arc welding symbols and codes. Students will review procedures used in the visual inspections of welds. Time will be spent in the lab developing skills used in the GMAW and FCAW processes. Welds will be made in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. Written and fundamental tests will be done in accordance with the American Welding Society (AWS) codes and standards. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. Pre-requisite: CMAE 1524 (3 Cr – 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00
Total 3.00
Semester III - Second 8 Weeks
Course # Course Title Credits
CMAE1514
Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Safety
This course is designed to align with the MSSC assessment and certification system for safety. This course delivers the 30-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 501-mandated standard. Preparation for taking and passing the MSSC-Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification assessment will be emphasized. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00
CMAE1560
Interpreting Symbols
The Welding profession requires a good working knowledge of the fundamental component of welding prints that make up structures in the welding industry. To accurately layout and fabricate parts, the welder will need basic knowledge of print lines, dimensions, notes, and welding symbols. The students will breakdown welding prints to develop the skills necessary to fabricate individual component parts that will make-up welded structures. Written and Fundamental tests will be administered in accordance with the American Welding Society (AWS) and the appropriate correlating code books. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00
Total 4.00
Semester IV - First 8 Weeks
Course # Course Title Credits
CMAE1568
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
This course covers the safety hazards and applications for Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) in the welding industry. Students will learn about power sources, setup, types of current, current selection, shielding gases and torch types. Various procedures will be discussed for welding different metals (aluminum, stainless steel and mild steel) and potential problems that may be encountered. Applications for the process in different industries, and the use of back purging and its application will also be discussed. Welds will be made in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. Written and fundamental tests will be done in accordance with the American Welding Society (AWS) codes and standards. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. Pre-requisites: CMAE 1520, CMAE 1524, CMAE 1526 (3 Cr – 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00
Total 3.00
Semester IV - Second 8 Weeks
Course # Course Title Credits
CMAE1522
Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Quality
This course provides the student with the basic knowledge necessary to understand and apply quality concepts that have been identified by the MSSC Assessment and certification system for Quality Practices. Students will be introduced to a quality management system and its components. Preparation for taking and passing the MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification assessment will be emphasized. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00
Total 2.00
Estimated Tuition
30 cr  x  $197.00 = $5,910.00 
Books: contact program advisor 
Other Costs: contact program advisor 

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Program Graduate Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will: Graduates will be able to:
  1. Identify and apply appropriate safety procedures
  2. Analyze and apply specific manufacturing process procedures
  3. Identify and apply specific quality procedures
  4. Identify and select the proper filler metal dependent on base metal to be welded
  5. Troubleshoot and solve common problems involved with everyday use of a welding machine
  6. Fabricate several different welding projects to demonstrate expected skills required by industry standards
  7. Interpret symbols and blueprints accurately for a variety of projects

Welding Technology Faculty & Advisors

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ALBERT LEA CAMPUS
2200 Riverland Dr.
Albert Lea, MN 56007
507-379-3300
AUSTIN CAMPUS
1900 8th Avenue NW
Austin, MN 55912
507-433-0600
OWATONNA COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY CENTER
965 Alexander Drive SW
Owatonna, MN 55060
507-455-5880
Program Notes Requirements for program admission: Safety kit. Consult instructor for more information.

Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:
Reading: An Accuplacer score of 52 is recommended.

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Riverland Community College program may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

Required Core Courses (30 Credits)
Course ## Name
Credits
Course Outline
CMAE1502
Technical Mathematics
This is an introductory technical math course. The course is designed both for students who have basic math skills and for those who need a review of basic technical math concepts. The primary goal of this course is to help individuals acquire a solid foundation in the basic skills of math/shop algebra and geometry. This course will show how these skills can model and solve authentic real-world problems. This is a blended on-line course utilizing Tooling "U", Desire to Learn (D2L) and proctored unit exams. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)
3.00 CMAE1502
CMAE1506
Introduction to Computers
This course is designed to provide a learning experience using critical thinking and problem solving approach. Students will develop the software concepts and practical skills they need to succeed beyond the classroom. Core learning activities will encompass the Microsoft Office suite. Specific software applications featured in this class include Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Additional software based skill development include email/netmail, Desire to Learn (D2L), Smart Thinking, Computer Security and E-folio. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 1 lect, 1 lab)
2.00 CMAE1506
CMAE1510
Print Reading
This course will orient the student to the basic skills and abilities required for understanding prints as utilized in a manufacturing/industrial environment. Emphasis will be placed upon the interpretation of lines and symbols, multi-view drawing (including orthographic projection, isometric and perspective drawings, title blocks, revision systems, dimensioning and tolerance symbols and principles.) Additional knowledge and skill development will include applications of math/geometry in relation to mechanical print reading, interpretation of basic weld symbols, and basic shop sketching. Students will apply the knowledge acquired through a variety of in-class activities and external assignments. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00 CMAE1510
CMAE1514
Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Safety
This course is designed to align with the MSSC assessment and certification system for safety. This course delivers the 30-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 501-mandated standard. Preparation for taking and passing the MSSC-Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification assessment will be emphasized. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00 CMAE1514
CMAE1518
Manufacturing Processes
This course develops the basic knowledge necessary to understand and apply industry defined standards in manufacturing processes and production needed by entry level production employees. Preparation for, and completion of, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)-Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification assessment will be emphasized. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00 CMAE1518
CMAE1522
Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Quality
This course provides the student with the basic knowledge necessary to understand and apply quality concepts that have been identified by the MSSC Assessment and certification system for Quality Practices. Students will be introduced to a quality management system and its components. Preparation for taking and passing the MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification assessment will be emphasized. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00 CMAE1522
CMAE1526
Maintenance Awareness
The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Maintenance Awareness course introduces the concepts of Total Productive Maintenance and Preventative Maintenance. This course is designed to align with the MSSC assessment and certification system for Maintenance Awareness. Preparation for, and completion of, the MSSC-Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification assessment will be emphasized. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00 CMAE1526
CMAE1560
Interpreting Symbols
The Welding profession requires a good working knowledge of the fundamental component of welding prints that make up structures in the welding industry. To accurately layout and fabricate parts, the welder will need basic knowledge of print lines, dimensions, notes, and welding symbols. The students will breakdown welding prints to develop the skills necessary to fabricate individual component parts that will make-up welded structures. Written and Fundamental tests will be administered in accordance with the American Welding Society (AWS) and the appropriate correlating code books. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00 CMAE1560
CMAE1562
Oxyfuel Welding and Cutting Process
This course covers the use of oxy-fuel equipment while welding, cutting, brazing, and using the Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC) and Air Carbon Arc Cutting (CAC-A) processes. There will also be in introduction into laser cutting equipment. A very important part of this course will be discussing safety as it relates to the thermal welding and cutting equipment. Time will be spent in the lab developing skills using the thermal welding and cutting processes. Welds will be made in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. Cuts will be made in the flat and horizontal positions. Written and fundamental tests will be done in accordance with the American Welding Society (AWS) codes and standards. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (3 Cr – 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00 CMAE1562
CMAE1564
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
Students will study the safety concerns connected with the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process, along with an introduction into the types of power sources used for arc welding, process applications, electrode selections, overview of weld types and other work-related safety conditions in the welding field. Time will be spent in the lab developing skills using the SMAW processes. Welds will be made in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. Written and fundamental tests will be done in accordance with the American Welding Society (AWS) codes and standards. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (3 Cr – 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00 CMAE1564
CMAE1566
Gas Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)/Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
Students will study the safety concerns associated with the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Flux Cord Arc Weld (FCAW). The GMAW process will be discussed in depth in relationship to the different types of modes of transfer available, shielding gases, and the different types of materials that can be welded. Differences in the electrode types of gas-shielded wires and self-shielded wires will be discussed along with the types of shielding gases that are used. There will be discussions on the importance of how the welding process intersects with the arc welding symbols and codes. Students will review procedures used in the visual inspections of welds. Time will be spent in the lab developing skills used in the GMAW and FCAW processes. Welds will be made in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. Written and fundamental tests will be done in accordance with the American Welding Society (AWS) codes and standards. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. Pre-requisite: CMAE 1524 (3 Cr – 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00 CMAE1566
CMAE1568
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
This course covers the safety hazards and applications for Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) in the welding industry. Students will learn about power sources, setup, types of current, current selection, shielding gases and torch types. Various procedures will be discussed for welding different metals (aluminum, stainless steel and mild steel) and potential problems that may be encountered. Applications for the process in different industries, and the use of back purging and its application will also be discussed. Welds will be made in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. Written and fundamental tests will be done in accordance with the American Welding Society (AWS) codes and standards. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. Pre-requisites: CMAE 1520, CMAE 1524, CMAE 1526 (3 Cr – 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00 CMAE1568
CMAE1570
Metallurgy and Mechanical Properties of Materials
This course covers the study of metals and how the effects of welding and heat treatments affect them. Terminology dealing with metallurgy will be in important part of the course. Physical and mechanical properties of ferrous and nonferrous metals will be covered along with the classifications of the different types of metals. By understanding the mechanical properties of metals, students will gain an understanding of the range of usefulness of the materials in the metal working community. Written tests will be done in accordance with the American Welding Society (AWS) codes and standards. This course is offered in partnership with the 360° Center of Excellence in Manufacturing and Applied Engineering. (1 Cr – 1 lect, 0 lab)
1.00 CMAE1570

Welding Technology (CERT) Program Curriculum was last updated on 05/09/2014

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