Welding

LIMITED ENROLLMENT

Delivery method: On campus
Program begins: Fall, Spring

Program Description

The one-year Welding program provides students with basic skills for an entry-level job or apprenticeship program. Students spend most time in a modern, well-equipped lab practicing different welding techniques: oxyacetylene, gas tungsten arc, flux cored arc, shielded metal arc, and gas metal arc. In shielded metal arc welding, students develop skills needed to pass the Certified Welder test of the American Welding Society. Enrollment is limited to space available with starting dates in August and January. Summer session is optional depending on demand. A third semester of advanced welding courses is available to interested students.

Preparation

Background in these areas is helpful: basic math, metrics (conversion), geometry, trigonometry, and basic drafting. Courses in physics, chemistry, electricity and computer technology are useful and some knowledge of metallurgy. Welders need good eyesight, hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, and ability to concentrate on detailed work for long periods. They should be physically fit and able to work in awkward positions.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the curriculum requirements earn a Program Certificate (37 credits). Additional coursework may lead to a Diploma (61 credits) or Associate in Applied Science degree (64 credits).

Required program entrance scores:

  • ACCUPLACER:  Math - 40 (elementary algebra), Reading - 61
  • ACT:  Math - 15, Reading - 15
  • COMPASS:  Math - 33 (pre-algebra), Reading - 73

Special Costs

A $100 deposit, required upon acceptance into the program, is applied toward tuition. Fee is non-refundable if you decide not to attend BSC.

Career Opportunities

Skilled welders are in great demand. Six in 10 welders work in manufacturing. Jobs are concentrated in fabricated metal products, transportation equipment, machinery, architectural and structural metals, and construction. Welders can advance to more skilled jobs with additional training and experience to become welding technicians, supervisors, inspectors or instructors. Some experienced welders open their own shops.

Additional Information

Industry Technical Standards

Awareness of the following technical standards may help students determine suitability for this career:

  • Noise level in work environment is usually noisy.
  • Requires good manual dexterity, good color vision and hearing, and ability to speak.
  • Requires continuous walking, frequent standing, bending, stooping, climbing stairs and ladders, kneeling, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, reaching above and below shoulder level, and occasional sitting, crawling, lifting 100 pounds from knee to shoulder high, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Continuously exposed to noise; frequently exposed to dirt, dust, fumes, chemicals, and extreme heat and cold, and occasionally exposed to vibration, poor ventilation, and confined areas. Respiratory concerns should be discussed with an instructor.

Contact

David Mozingo • Tech Center 105L
701-224-2672
David.Mozingo@bismarckstate.edu

WELD 110. Oxyfuel Operations

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course provides the training to develop the manual skills necessary to produce high quality welds using the oxyacetylene welding, brazing, and cutting process on mild steel.

WELD 118. Testing OA in Welding, Brazing and Cutting

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course provides the lab to develop the manual skills necessary to produce high quality welding using the oxyacetylene welding, brazing and cutting processes on mild steel.

WELD 130. Advanced Testing in OA Welding, Brazing, Cutting

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course provides the advanced lab to develop the manual skills necessary to produce high quality welding using the oxyacetylene welding, brazing, and cutting processes on mild steel.

WELD 135. Welding Principles

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course trains students in manual skills necessary to produce high quality welds on mild steel plate using the gas metal and flux cored arc welding process in all positions.

WELD 140. Methods in GMA and FCA Welding

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course provides the lab to develop the manual skills necessary to produce high quality welds on mild steel plate using the gas metal and flux cored arc welding process in all positions.

WELD 145. Advanced Methods in GMA and FCA Welding

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course provides the advanced lab to develop the manual skills necessary to produce high quality welds on mild steel plate using the gas metal and flux cored arc welding process in all positions.

WELD 150. Methods in GTA and PA Welding

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course trains students in manual skills necessary to produce high quality welds using the gas tungsten and plasma arc cutting process on mild steel plate in all positions.

WELD 155. Blueprint Reading for Welders

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This program concentrates on the understanding and use of technical blueprints. This includes basic lines, geometric construction, orthographic projection, isometric projection, oblique projection, pictorial drawings, and structural sizes.

WELD 160. Advanced Methods in GTA and PA Welding

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: SPRING
This lab provides the advanced technical training to develop manual skills necessary to produce high quality welds on mild steel plate using the gas tungsten process in all positions according to the American Welding Society Standards and the plasma cutting process.

WELD 165. Blueprint Symbols for Welding

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: WELD155.
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course is a continuation of WELD 155, and introduces the American Welding Society standardized welding symbols used on blueprints. Actual prints from industry are used during this course.

WELD 170. Arc Welding Operations

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: FALL
This course develops the manual skills necessary to produce high quality welds using the shielded metal arc welding process in all positions, on thin and medium thickness mild steel, using single- and multi-pass welds with the E60 series electrodes.

WELD 173. Methods in Arc Welding Operations

Credits: 4
Typically Offered: FALL
This course develops the testing skills necessary to produce high quality welds on mild steel plate in all positions using the shielded metal arc welding process according to the American Welding Society Standards.

WELD 180. Shielded Metal Arc Welding

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course develops the manual skills necessary to produce high quality welds using the shielded metal arc welding process on thin and medium thickness mild steel plates in all positions using the E70 series electrodes.

WELD 183. Testing in Shielded Metal Arc Welding

Credits: 4
Typically Offered: FALL
This course develops the testing skills necessary to produce high quality welds using the shielded metal arc welding process on mild steel plate in all positions with E70 series electrodes according to the American Welding Society Standards.

WELD 187. Types of Non-Destructive Testing

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
This course studies non-destructive tests such as: magnetic particle, eddy current, visual, ultrasonic, dye penetrant, and radiographic.

WELD 192. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

WELD 194. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

WELD 195. Service Learning

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Designed to increase off-campus community involvement and awareness of civic responsibility, Service Learning gives students the opportunity to earn up to six semester hours of college credit while pursuing volunteer activities that have positive impact in the community. Some examples of activities that may serve as vehicles for Service Learning include: volunteer work at non-profit organizations (e.g., Kiwanis, Lions, etc.); serving as unpaid interns in local and state government; and organizing and participating in activities that are beneficial to the community as a whole (e.g. spring clean-up drives, neighborhood watch programs, meals-on-wheels, etc.). Students interested in Service Learning should discuss options with their academic advisors and/or faculty in areas related to the proposed activity.

WELD 196. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

WELD 197. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 3.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

WELD 199. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

WELD 210. Gas Tungsten Arc Pipe Welding

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Departmental approval.
This course develops the manual skills necessary to produce high quality groove welds on four-inch diameter schedule 40 steel pipe in the 2G, 5G, and 6G positions.

WELD 215. Testing in Gas Tungsten Arc Pipe Welding

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course develops the manual skills necessary to produce high quality groove welds on pipe in the 2G, 5G, and 6G positions using the gas tungsten arc welding process. All testing is in accordance with the American Society of Mechanical Engineer Standards.

WELD 220. Shielded Metal Arc Pipe Wldng

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course trains students to make high quality groove welds on open root mild steel pipe in the 2G, 5G, and 6G positions using the shielded metal arc open root process.

WELD 225. Testing in Shielded Metal Arc Pipe Welding

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course develops the testing skills necessary to produce high quality groove welds on pipein the 2G, 5G, and 6G positions using the American Society Mechanical Engineer Standards.

WELD 230. Gas Metal Arc Pipe Wldng

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course develops the manual skills necessary to produce high quality groove welds on 6-inch diameter schedule 40 steel pipe in the 2G, 5G, and 6G positions using the gas metal arc process.

WELD 235. Testing in Gas Metal Arc Pipe Welding

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course develops the testing skills necessary to produce high quality groove welds on pipe in the 2G, 5G, and 6G positions using the gas metal arc welding process. All testing is in accordance with the American Society of Mechanical Engineer Standards.

WELD 240. Special Projects

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
To design and/or build a special project concentrating on the students major area of interest in the field of welding. This project will allow the student to integrate all the theoretical and hands-on skills acquired in the program.

WELD 245. Special Projects

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: Departmental approval.
Typically Offered: FALL
A continuation of WELD 240 for advanced design and development of projects concentrating on the student's major area of interest in the field of welding, allowing the student to integrate all the theoretical and hands-on skills acquired in the program.

WELD 292. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

WELD 294. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

WELD 296. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

WELD 297. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 3.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

WELD 299. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.