Welding Technology

Business & Technology

Degree Awarded: Associate in Applied Science;
Certificate and Specialized Diploma conferred

Welding Technology

Program Narrative

Northampton's Welding Technology A.A.S. degree program is designed to prepare you to enter a modern welding setting. The program offers career-specific coursework for a student wishing to complete their studies within four semesters. The program also provides course offerings that prepare you to work as a team player in a specialized manufacturing environment.

Your studies will include state-of-the-art welding equipment and principles from the American Welding Society. You will learn the marketable skills required to work effectively with other people in a manufacturing environment. We emphasize development of professional attitudes, values, and ethics. As you progress through the program, you'll gain critical thinking, priority setting, and decision-making skills needed in today's quality-oriented business environment.

Graduates of this AAS degree program may continue on to a Baccalaureate program.

Program Features

This program prepares you for the responsibilities and challenges expected of a highly skilled welder. A welder in today’s manufacturing environment is expected to possess numerous skills and abilities that allow them to be problem solvers. At Northampton you will learn a variety of different welding processes and inspection techniques that will allow you to become an asset in the job you obtain after your education is complete. The program may be completed in four semesters if taking courses during the day.

Courses for the Welding Technology A.A.S. degree include Welding Fundamentals, OSHA, Fabrication & Welding Symbols, Introduction to Pipe Welding Processes, Advanced Plate Welding Processes, and Gas Tungsten Arc & Semiautomatic Welding Processes Welding & Structural Blueprint Reading, Advanced Gas Tungsten & Semiautomatic Welding Processes, and Pipe Welding Processes II, and Introduction to Metallurgy.

This program prepares you for the responsibilities and challenges expected of a skilled trades person in the welding environment. Responsibilities of a welder include the ability to read and interpret blueprints at an advanced level, demonstrate advanced level welding principles, and to apply the knowledge of welding inspection principles. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for American Welding Society certification exams while achieving a competency-based degree.

Program Outcomes

Students who complete the Welding Technology program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Analyze and present data in an acceptable and standardized manner.
  • Solve common weldability problems.
  • Demonstrate a basic framework of technical vocabulary and graphics interpretation.
  • Demonstrate observational, integrative, and synthetic skills.
  • Demonstrate the proper use and care of common welding equipment.
  • Apply basic defect prevention philosophy and techniques to achieving weld integrity.
  • Describe the key process elements and technology commonly found in industrial welding and cutting processes.
  • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge needed for the Certified Welding Inspector and Certified Welding Educator certifications. AWS D1.1, ASME Section IX, & API 1104

Endorsed by Local Employers

Potential employers for those following this healthcare career pathway include:

  • Manufacturers
  • Sheet Metal Fabricators
  • Construction Companies
  • Gas Line Companies
  • Auto Body Repair Shops
  • Material Supply Sales Companies

This program can be completed in the day or evening, on a full or part-time basis.

Please contact Dino Forst, Program Manager, at 610.332.6270 or dforst@northampton.edu or the Admissions Office at 610.861.5500 for more information.

Welding Technology

Degree Awarded: Associate in Applied Science

Course Code Course Title Credits
First Semester
CISC101 Introduction to Computers 3
EMEC118 Hand and Power Tools 1
ENGG117 Technical Drawings and Specifications 3
MATH103 Applications in Mathematics 3
OSAH100 Industry Outreach Safety Education 1
WELD105 Introduction to Welding Processes 5
WELD135 Welding Fabrication and Symbols 2
18
Second Semester
EMEC117 Industrial Rigging 1
ENGL101 English I 3
WELD110 Introduction to Pipe Welding Processes 3
WELD123 Advanced Plate Welding Processes 5
WELD125 GTAW and Semiautomatic Welding Processes 5
17
Third Semester
ENGL151T English II (Technical Writing) 3
PHYS152 Physical Science II 3
WELD205 Advance Gas Tungsten & Semiautomatic Welding Processes 4
WELD224 Pipe Welding Processes II 3
WELD230 Welding & Structural Blueprint Reading 4
17
Fourth Semester
CMTH102 Speech Communication 3
WELD255G Introduction to Metallurgy 3
_______ General Education Elective + 3
_______ General Education Elective + 3
_______ Elective 3

15
Total Credits: 67

Career Potential: Pipefitter/Steamfitter Welder, Pipeline Welder, Sheet Metal Worker, Structural & Pressure Vessel Welder, Welding Shop Foreman.

Welding & Fabrication

Program Narrative

Northampton's Welding programs are designed to prepare you to enter a welding profession. The Welding & Fabrication certificate program is designed to prepare you to enter a welding setting in a short time frame or advance your current welding skills to the next level. The program offers career-specific coursework for a student wishing to complete their studies within three full-time semesters.

Your studies will include state-of-the-art welding equipment and principles from the American Welding Society. You will learn the marketable skills required to work effectively within a welding environment. Strong emphasis on the development of professional attitudes, values, and ethics. As you progress through the program, you'll gain critical thinking, priority setting, and decision-making skills needed in today's quality-oriented business environment.

Graduates of this certificate program can gain employment and then pursue NCC's Welding Technology associate degree program. This program will be of benefit to those who are seeking an entry level position in welding or those who are seeking to change careers. It is also useful for welders in need of updated skills and certification.

Program Features

This program prepares you for the responsibilities and challenges expected of a skilled trades person in a welding setting. Responsibilities of a welder include the ability to read and interpret blueprints at an advanced level, demonstrate advanced level welding principles, and to apply the knowledge of plasma arc cutting principles. Program students will be provided with the knowledge and skills to prepare for the American Welding Society certifications. The program may be completed in as little as three semesters if taking courses during the day.

Courses for the Welding & Fabrication Certificate include Welding Fundamentals, OSHA, Fabrication & Welding Symbols, Introduction to Pipe Welding Processes, Advanced Plate Welding Processes, and Gas Tungsten Arc & Semiautomatic Welding Processes Welding & Structural Blueprint Reading, Advanced Gas Tungsten & Semiautomatic Welding Processes, Plasma Arc Cutting and Pipe Welding Processes II. All of the courses in the certificate can be applied to either the certificate or associate degree welding programs.

Graduates of this certificate program can also continue on to complete the Welding Technology associate degree.

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Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Welding & Fabrication certificate program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrate safe welding and thermal cutting practices.
  • Produce welds that consistently meet American Petroleum Institute (API) 1104 Standard.
  • Analyze and present data in an acceptable and standardized manner.
  • Solve common weldability problems.
  • Demonstrate a basic framework of technical vocabulary and graphics interpretation.
  • Demonstrate observational, integrative, and synthetic skills.
  • Demonstrate the proper use and care of common welding equipment.
  • Apply basic defect prevention philosophy and techniques to achieving weld integrity.
  • Describe the key process elements and technology commonly found in industrial welding and cutting processes.
  • Demonstrate the skills & knowledge needed to obtain AWS D1.1, ASME Section IX, & API 1104 certifications.

Endorsed by Local Employers

Potential employers for those following this welding pathway include:

  • Manufacturers
  • Sheet Metal Fabricators
  • Construction Companies
  • Gas Line Companies
  • Auto Body Repair Shops
  • Material Supply Sales Companies

This program can be completed in the day or evening, on a full or part-time basis.

Please contact Dino Forst, Program Manager, at 610.332.6270 or dforst@northampton.edu or the Admissions Office at 610.861.5500 for more information.

Welding and Fabrication

Degree Awarded: Certificate

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

First Semester
CISC101 Introduction to Computers 3
EMEC118 Hand and Power Tools 1
ENGG117 Technical Drawings and Specifications 3
MATH103 Applications in Mathematics 3
OSAH100 Industry Outreach Safety Education 1
WELD105 Introduction to Welding Processes 5
WELD135 Welding Fabrication and Symbols 2
18
Second Semester
EMEC117 Industrial Rigging 1
ENGL101 English I 3
WELD110 Introduction to Pipe Welding Processes 3
WELD123 Advanced Plate Welding Processes 5
WELD125 GTAW and Semiautomatic Welding Processes 5
17
Third Semester
WELD205 Advance Gas Tungsten & Semiautomatic Welding Processes 4
WELD224 Pipe Welding Processes II 3
WELD230 Welding & Structural Blueprint Reading 4
WELD245 WELD245 Plasma Arc Cutting 3
14
Total Credits: 49

+ For the General Education Electives, students must complete two courses from two different categories: Arts & Humanities (AH); Social Science: Societies and Institutions over Time (SIT); Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior (SSHB).

One course should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness (D).

Career Potential: Welding Educator, Welding Inspector, Welding Sales Representative, Welding Supervisor, Welding Technician.

Welding Fundamentals

Program Narrative

Northampton's Welding programs are designed to prepare you to enter a welding profession. The Welding Fundamentals specialized diploma is designed to prepare you to enter a welding setting in a short time frame or advance your current welding skills to the next level. The program offers career-specific coursework for a student wishing to complete their studies within two semesters.

Your studies will include state-of-the-art welding equipment and principles from the American Welding Society. You will learn the marketable skills required to work effectively within a welding environment. Strong emphasis on the development of professional attitudes, values, and ethics. As you progress through the program, you'll gain critical thinking, priority setting, and decision-making skills needed in today's quality-oriented business environment.

Graduates of this specialized diploma program can gain employment and then pursue NCC's Welding & Fabrication certificate or Welding Technology associate degree programs. This program will be of benefit to those who are seeking an entry level position in welding or those who are seeking to change careers. It is also useful for welders in need of updated skills and certification.

Program Features

This program prepares you for the responsibilities and challenges expected of a skilled trades person in an entry level welding setting. Responsibilities of a welder include the ability to read and interpret blueprints and demonstrate basic welding principles. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for American Welding Society certification exams while achieving a competency-based academic specialized diploma. The program may be completed in as little as two semesters if taking courses during the day.

Courses for the Welding Fundamentals specialized diploma include Welding Fundamentals, OSHA, Fabrication & Welding Symbols, Introduction to Pipe Welding Processes, Advanced Plate Welding Processes, and Gas Tungsten Arc & Semiautomatic Welding Processes. All of the courses in the specialized diploma can be applied to either the certificate or associate degree welding programs.

Graduates of this specialized diploma can also continue on to complete the Welding & Fabrication certificate or the Welding Technology associate degree with ease.

View Gainful Employment information on the Welding specialized diploma.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Welding Fundamentals specialized diploma program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrate safe welding and thermal cutting practices.
  • Produce welds that consistently meet industry, American Welding Society (AWS) and pressure vessel standards.
  • Analyze and present data in an acceptable and standardized manner.
  • Solve common weldability problems.
  • Demonstrate a basic framework of technical vocabulary and graphics interpretation.
  • Demonstrate observational, integrative, and synthetic skills.
  • Demonstrate the proper use and care of common welding equipment.
  • Apply basic defect prevention philosophy and techniques to achieving weld integrity.
  • Describe the key process elements and technology commonly found in industrial welding and cutting processes.

Endorsed by Local Employers

Potential employers for those following this welding pathway include:

  • Manufacturers
  • Sheet Metal Fabricators
  • Construction Companies

This program can be completed in the day or evening, on a full or part-time basis.

Please contact Dino Forst, Program Manager, at 610.332.6270 or dforst@northampton.edu or the Admissions Office at 610.861.5500 for more information.

Welding Fundamentals

Specialized Diploma conferred

Course Code Course Title Credits
First Semester
EMEC118 Hand and Power Tools 1
ENGG117 Technical Drawings & Specifications 3
OSAH100 Industry Outreach Safety Education 1
WELD105 Introduction to Welding Processes 5
WELD135 Welding Fabrication and Symbols 2
12
Second Semester
EMEC117 Industrial Rigging 1
WELD110 Introduction to Pipe Welding Processes 3
WELD123 Advanced Plate Welding 5
WELD125 Gas Tungsten Arc and Semiautomatic Welding Processes 5
14
Total Credits: 26

Career Potential: Autobody Repairer, Business Owner, Maintenance Repair Technician, Welding Assistant, Welder Fabricator.

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