Associate Degree in Welding Technology

The PTI Associate Degree in Welding Technology has been designed to provide you both the fundamentals of welding as well as specific training in more advanced welding skills. The associate program includes advanced pipe welding instruction, advanced plate welding instruction, and both GMAW and GTAW pipe welding courses.

In addition, specific career building courses in areas such as critical thinking, personal finance, and career success have been added to give you more tools to begin a successful career.



 

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Welding Associate Degree Courses
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  • Welding Associate Degree Courses

    WELDING TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATION
    Gas Welding Plate and Pipe
    This course will include acetylene welding of steel with and without filler metals. Both fillet and butt joints in flat and vertical positions will be covered. Students will learn brazing of steel. Upon completion of course students will take the ASME Section IX, 3 inch schedule 40 pipe test in the 6G position. All testing and certifications will be done by certified weld inspector.
    Metal Cutting and Fabrication
    Students will learn to set-up equipment for oxy-fuel and plasma cutting. They are taught to accurately make free hand and straight line contour cuts, cut and bevel plate using semiautomatic cutting machines. Carbon arc and back gouging are also taught. Upon completion of this course students will take the SENSE safety test for entry level welders.
    Blueprint Reading & Welding Symbols
    This course will provide the student with the ability to read and correctly interpret weldment designs. This course will enable students to recognize and interpret welding symbols used in the welding field.
    General SMAW Practices
    This is an intensive introductory welding course designed to teach the basic principles of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW). It consists of classroom training in electricity and metallurgy as it pertains to arc welding. Welding symbols and weld joints are also taught. Lab training consists of demonstration and extensive practice with electrodes commonly used in the welding industry. Students will execute surface and fillet welds in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions with the E6013 and E6010 electrode.
    Advanced Pipe Welding
    This is an advanced pipe welding course. Emphasis will be placed on (SMAW) on 6 inch schedule 80 pipe in the 6G position welding downhill and be held to ASME Section IX standards. Students will practice welding open roots with the E7018 electrode downhill and also E6010 electrode downhill. Upon completion of this course students will take the ASME Section IX pipe welding test. All testing and certifications will be done by a certified weld inspector.
    General Exotic Metals
    This course is an introductory welding course to teach students welding methods and techniques for mild steel and stainless steel. Students will perform surface welds and fillet welds on lap, corner and t-joints in all positions. Students will understand the effects and variables of: current, voltage, shielding gas and electrode selection.
    WELDING Certification /Prep
    This is an introductory course to teach students the welding procedures and qualifications for the American Welding Society (AWS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Petroleum Institute (API). Concentration will be in (SMAW) with the E7018 electrode in the 3G and 4G positions on 3/8” plate with removable backing.
    SMAW Pipe Welding
    This is an advanced course in SMAW preparing students for the ASME Section IX pipe test. Students will get extensive practice in SMAW with E6010 and E7018 Electrode on 6 inch schedule 80 pipe in the 6G position with an open root uphill. Upon completion of this course students will take ASME Section IX pipe test. All testing and certifications will be done by certified weld inspector.
    Advanced Plate
    This is an advanced course in continuation of WEL 300 in (SMAW) preparing students for AWS D1.5 certification. Students will get extensive practice in welding with the E7018 electrode in the 3G and 4G positions on 3/8” plate with removable backing and without backing. Upon completion of this course students will take the AWS D1.5 Structural test. All testing and certifications will be done by certified weld inspector.
    Gas Metal Arc Welding
    This course is an introductory welding course to teach students Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW). Class consists of lecture on electricity, metallurgy, shielding gases, and filler wire as it pertains to (GMAW). Students will learn to weld mild steel and stainless steel on edge, lap, butt, corner, and t-joints in all positions.
    GMAW Pipe Welding
    This is an advanced pipe welding course. Emphasis will be placed on (GMAW) on 6 inch schedule 80 pipe in the 6G position, welding uphill with an open root. Students will be held to ASME Section IX standards. Students will practice welding open roots with (GMAW) using bare wire. Upon completion of this course students will take the ASME Section IX pipe welding test. All testing and certifications will be done by a certified weld inspector.
    Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
    This course is an introductory welding course to teach students Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). Class consists of lecture on electricity, metallurgy, shielding gas, filler wire and electrode classification as it pertains to (GTAW). Students will learn to weld mild steel on edge, lap, butt, corner, and t-joints in all positions.
    GTAW Pipe Welding
    This is an advanced course for tube welding that combines (GTAW) and (SMAW). Students will learn to weld 2 ¾ inch tube with (GTAW) root pass and (SMAW) E7018 cover pass uphill. Upon completion of this course students will take the Boilermakers Common Arc certification test. All testing and certifications will be done by certified weld inspector.
    AWS SENSE MIG and TIG Prep
    This course is to prepare students for the (GMAW) and (GTAW) SENSE certification for entry level welders. Emphasis will be placed on students working on the SENSE projects. Upon completion of this course students will take SENSE test for entry level welders.
    GTAW & GMAW Uphill/Downhill Pipe Welding
    This is an advanced course for pipe welding that combines (GTAW) and (GMAW). Students will learn to weld 6 inch pipe with (GTAW) root pass uphill and (GMAW) bare wire cover pass downhill. Upon completion of this course students will take ASME Section IX pipe welding test. All testing and certifications will be done by certified weld inspector.
    Flux Cored Inner and Outer Shield
    This is an introductory course to Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW). (FCAW) is an arc welding process similar to (GMAW), is very popular in fabrication and manufacturing. This course is similar to process taught in WEL 400. Class consists of lecture on electricity, metallurgy, shielding gases, and filler wire as it pertains to (FCAW). Students will learn to weld mild steel and stainless steel using inner and outer shield flux cored wire on edge, lap, butt, corner, and t-joints in all positions. Upon completion of this course students will take the AWS D1.5 Structural test with the (FCAW) process. All testing and certifications will be done by certified weld inspector.
    Advanced Exotic Metals
    This is an advanced course that is continuation of WEL 230 Exotic Metals. Course concentration will be on Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). Students will learn to weld stainless steel and aluminum on edge, lap, butt, corner, and t-joints in all positions.
    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
    Steps to Career Success 1
    The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
    Steps to Career Success 2
    The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the nuances of industry. Topics will include industry related organizations, social networking, employer expectations and other professional skills. The course offering will vary by quarter depending on the program offered, one hour per week.
    Career Development
    The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
    Internship
    The Internship is a cooperative effort between the Institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their major in a related working environment. This internship requires 240 hours work experience.
    GENERAL STUDIES
    Principles of Mathematics
    This general studies course involves a review of the principles of mathematics. Topics to be discussed include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, measurement (both English and Metric systems), and an introduction to Algebra. For programs that require additional mathematics classes, students must earn a “C” or better grade in this course to advance to the next required math course.
    Personal Finance
    This course blends financial theory with financial applications while providing an understanding of the U.S. financial structure. Emphasis is placed on budgeting, personal income and expenditures, present and future value calculations, personal financial statements, and finance and credit alternatives.
    Critical Thinking
    In today’s information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
    English Composition 1
    This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam; otherwise, students must have concurrent success with GEE099 and GEE100 before proceeding on to GEE150.
    English Composition 2
    This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students’ evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam or GEE100.
    Effective Speech
    This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
    Ethics
    This general studies course focuses on ethical and legal principles and social responsibilities as they relate to everyday challenges. Students explore modes of applying ethical standards to issues such as personal accountability, environmental problems, interpersonal relations, and emerging social systems.
    Human Relations in Organizations
    This general studies course focuses on effective human relations in organizations. Specific areas of study include work relationships, ethical choices, team building, conflict management strategies, diversity in the workplace, and work-related stress.
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