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 and gas industry boom and the number of older welders retiring. Welding requires detail-oriented people with good vision and hand-eye co-ordination.
Students will start with oxy-fuel and 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 learn to read blueprints, work with AutoCAD, gain experience in CNC Plasma Cutting and other fabrication related equipment. At the end of the Basic SMAW series, students have the option to take a structural stick-welding certification test, through the Ohio Department of Transportation. During the start of their second 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 elect to 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 take courses in industrial materials (metallurgy) and manufacturing processes. Internships in the welding field may 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 8:30 am–7:00 pm. Lab attendance is set up in 6 hour shifts and arranged by the 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.