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Welding Technology offers a certified, state-of-the-art welding facility complemented by certified welding instructors. Students train and learn to meet the current certification requirements of manufacturing and construction industries and exploring many career alternatives related to the welding industry. The program's technical training complies with American Welding Society (AWS) S.E.N.S.E. standards, increases the students' understanding of welding and the related science, meets employers' expectations, and increases the students' ability to compete in the employment marketplace. Training includes oxyacetylene cutting and welding, brazing, soldering, SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW, blueprint/layout standards and methods, welding procedure specifications, testing methods, quality control, metallurgy, and safe work practices. Welder certifications are conducted according to AWS/ASME and WABO (Washington Association of Building Officials) standards. Process certifications are available and include plate and pipe welding using shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, flux cored, and gas tungsten arc welding. The Welding Technology curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members.

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MICHAEL HAGGARD

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Walla Walla Campus
500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla, WA 99362


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Mission

The mission of the Welding program is to provide quality training for entry-level skills and the related technical knowledge necessary for entry and advancement in the metals welding industry.

Program Outcomes

  • Assure the Welding program is in full compliance with AWS/WABO standards and the needs of the metals welding industry.
  • Upgrade welding curriculum relevance to employer technical needs in the region with assistance from the advisory committee.
  • Enhance student enrollment, retention, and completion rates.
  • Fully institutionalize aluminum and stainless steel welding certificate programs.
  • Train students to be employed at an entry level by possessing knowledge, attitudes, skills, and habits required to perform welding operations.

Degree Options

Students may earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Science in Welding Technology upon completion of the second year of instruction. To demonstrate welding proficiencies, students must pass certification tests prior to completion. Welding certifications include plate and pipe welding using shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, and gas tungsten arc welding processes. To meet the degree requirements, welding students must become certified in at least two processes, with at least one according to WABO Standards. A Welding Technology certificate is available upon completion of three specific welding courses and related instruction during the first year of instruction in the program.

Certification

The Welding program's technical training complies with standards set by the American Welding Society (AWS), the Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).