Welding & Fabrication
Welding & Fabrication Associate of Applied Science
Students have the opportunity to begin a career in Welding and Fabrication. Openings in this field are varied and growing, especially due to the oil & gas industry boom and the number of older welders retiring. Welding requires detail-oriented people with good vision and hand-eye co-ordination.
Zane State College offers a 2-year Associate of Technical Studies (ATS) degree with a Welding & Fabrication major. The ATS degree requires 5 semesters of full time enrollment. Students will start with oxy-fuel & plasma cutting, followed by Basic SMAW (stick-welding), GMAW (MIG) and GTAW (TIG) courses. In addition, students will be required to work towards an OSHA 30-hour safety card. They will also learn to read blueprints, work with AutoCAD and gain experience in CNC Plasma Cutting. During the start of their 2nd year, students have the opportunity to put their welding and cutting skills together with their blueprint reading knowledge to build a project of their own.
Second year students may take may take pipe welding courses, where they have the opportunity to practice qualification testing for either API or ASME pipe welding procedures. Interested students may also elect to take courses in industrial materials (metallurgy) and manufacturing processes. Internships in the welding field may also be arranged with local employers, according to availability.
All welding classes are taught at the Cambridge Campus and are set up in a self-paced format. To enroll in the Welding Program, contact the Director of Welding Education for an advising appointment. The Welding Lab is open Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. Lab attendance is set up in 6 hour shifts and arranged by instructor, based on the number of credit hours a student is enrolled.
Welding Certification and/or Qualification is available on-site, with or without course completion. AWS, ASME and API procedures are available. Contact the Director of Welding Education to make an appointment for testing.