VESL/Accelerated Welding Technology Certificate Curriculum

Mt. Hood Community College

The curriculum described below is designed to serve non-native English speakers and is offered in a restricted-entry, closed cohort format. For additional information, contact program advisers. This group of courses is taught in an accelerated format that will enable students to prepare for welder certification to American Welding Society (AWS) code standards near the end of this six-month, two-term program. There will be Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) classes in addition to the courses listed below. Instruction will include theory and/or laboratory exercises in blueprint reading, industrial safety, computational skills related to the metal working environment, SMAW ( Shielded Metal Arc Welding), GMAW ( Gas Metal Arc Welding), GTAW ( Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) and FCAW ( Flux Cored Arc Welding).

What are the employment opportunities? 
Students who apply themselves in the program and obtain a satisfactory level of competence in welding should be able to secure employment in many areas, including ship and barge building and repair, metal fabrication, aircraft component assembly and repair, automotive, custom car, race car/truck and hot-rod fabrication, repair and retrofit, motorcycle and ATV customization and repair, armorer applications, construction and maintenance welding to name just a few. Most companies require the prospective employee to pass a welding test as a condition of employment. This program will assist the student preparing for welder qualification testing and provide testing opportunities for welder certification to American Welding Society code standards in one or more positions and processes, providing the skill credential for entry into a position in industry as a certified welder. Our success stories include students who graduate to form their own companies or apply their newfound abilities to their hobby passions; others who find their niche with welding and fabrication firms large and small, local and abroad utilizing their skills to build and repair “all things metal” the world over.

Program Outcomes 
At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

Demonstrate safety procedures and safety inspections for welding processes and related equipment

Identify manual welding and cutting equipment and accessories and explain power source principles of operation

Read, interpret and apply blueprint specifications and weld symbols for the production and inspection of manufactured work pieces

List and perform set-up, adjustments and operations of manual welding and oxy-fuel cutting equipment in the preparation of welding practice plates

Describe and perform welding and cutting processes as they relate to ferrous metals

Identify various electrodes, filler wires, shielding gasses and current types and their relationship to base-metal varieties

Describe and apply the variables and techniques used to weld carbon steel and aluminum to blueprint specifications with regard to joint types, weld types and positions of welding

Visually examine welds for discontinuities, defects, correct weld size and placement, providing solutions for welding procedure errors

Produce acceptable test plate weldments according to American Welding Society (AWS) code specifications

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