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Welding Technology (A.A.S.)

Study welding at JCC

This career program is for students desiring employment in the expanding field of welding and welding technology engineering. JCC’s welding technology program focuses on the applied aspects of science and engineering and involves understanding welding and welding applications, as well as the development of critical welding skills. Welding technology is an integral part of many construction type activities both in the manufacturing sector and civil construction field. The field depends upon a blend of knowledge, combining the chemistry of materials, an understanding of physics, and good hand and eye coordination.

Welding processes taught include shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) of steel and stainless steel plate and pipe; gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) of steel, stainless steel, and aluminum plate and pipe; gas metal arc welding (GMAW) of steel and aluminum plate and pipe; flux cored arc welding (FCAW) of steel plate; and submerged arc welding (SAW) of steel plate. Associated processes taught include plasma arc cutting (PAC); oxy-acetylene cutting (OAC); and air carbon arc cutting and gouging (CAC-A). Students also learn about welding metallurgy, non-destructive and destructive testing examination methods, welding codes, welding symbols and blueprint reading, shielding and purge gases, and welding distortion. Safety is emphasized in all laboratory courses.

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Facilities and equipment

Students enrolling in JCC’s welding technology program have the following available:

  • The MTI’s fully equipped machine shop, including manual mills and lathes; CNC Haas SL-20 lathe featuring live tooling; CNC Haas Mini Mill Vertical Machining Center; CNC Haas Tool Room Mill; Acu-Rite Millpower automated knee mill; Accurpress 7606 50-ton six foot CNC press brake; a shear; an ironworker; Lincoln Pro-cut 80 plasma cutter; welders for shielded metal arc welding (stick), gas metal arc welding (MIG), and gas tungsten arc welding (TIG) instruction 
  • Materials testing lab
  • Fully equipped physics lab

Career opportunities 

Graduates will have the opportunity to pursue careers such as welding technician, welding supervisor, inspector, and sales engineer, qualifying for technician level positions involved in testing and improving welding processes, procedures, and equipment. Graduates also have the option of transferring to four-year institutions offering the bachelor’s degree in welding engineering technology.

The welding technology program prepares students for technician level positions involved in a wide range of welding applications, from production or maintenance, to testing and improving welding processes, procedures, and equipment. The U.S Department of Labor statistics indicate that the aging workforce in the area of welding technologies is a major threat to the U.S. economy and few programs can educate and train high tech welders. An inadequate number of skilled workers dramatically impacts the country's ability to compete in international markets.

Students graduating with a welding technology degree typically will be involved in the following career areas:

  • Manufacturing
  • Test and evaluation
  • Routine design
  • Production
  • Operation, service, and maintenance
  • Distribution and sales

Courses

Semester 1

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

ENG 1510: English Composition I

3 College Composition

WLD 1200: Safety and Cutting Processes

3

WLD 1350: Shielded Metal Arc Welding

3

WLD 1360: Gas Metal Arc Welding

3

WLD 1370: Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

3

INT 1520: Student Success Seminar or

INT 1555: Inquire

1-2 Critical and Integrative Reasoning
  • A fall start may be necessary to complete the program in two years. Discuss with an advisor.

Semester 2

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

ENG 1530: English Composition II

3 Oral Communication

MAT 1220: Applied Mathematics for Technology II or

MAT 1590: College Algebra & Trigonometry (or higher)

4 Mathematical Reasoning

WLD 2250: Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding

3

WLD 2260: Advanced Gas Metal Arc Welding

3

WLD 2270: Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

3
  • Students with the appropriate background may elect to complete a higher level mathematics course. Discuss with an advisor.

Semester 3

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

CSC 1510: Introduction to Computer Science or

CSC 1560: Computer Applications Software I

3

PHY 1250: Technical Physics I

4

WLD 2360: Alternate Processes

3

WLD 2370: Metallurgy

3

Social Sciences Elective

Recommended:

SOC 1510: Introduction to Sociology

3 Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences
  • Students with the appropriate background may elect to complete a higher level physics course. Discuss with an advisor.

Semester 4

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

CHE 1500: Introduction to Chemistry

3 Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

PHY 1260: Technical Physics II

4

WLD 2350: Fabrication

3

WLD 2450: Capstone Project

2 Applied Learning Values and Ethics

Social Sciences Elective

Choose a course that fulfills the Cultural Understanding and/or Global Perspectives Essentials requirements

3 Cultural Understanding Global Perspectives
  • Students with the appropriate background may elect to complete a higher level chemistry course. Discuss with an advisor.

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