Why Choose Welding and Fabrication A.A.S. Degree at CLC?
• The welding program is 90% hands-on with real welding experience.
• Our welding facility is one of the best in the state.
• 100% industry directed program curriculum.
• Use the American Welding Society SENSE program for student to earn entry level welding certificate (industry recognized)
• Very strong program related placement for graduates in thriving industry.
• Instructors have a strong background in welding, including car and snowmobile racing.
• Advanced welding processes incorporated in the program, including automated processes.
Special Department Information:
WELDING AND FABRICATION A.A.S. DEGREE
Program Course Requirements
First Year – Fall Semester
WELD 1100 Intro to Welding (2 cr)
WELD 1101 Shielded Metal ARC Welding I (2 cr)
WELD 1111 Blueprint Reading I (2 cr)
WELD 1115 Gas Tungsten ARC Welding I (2 cr)
WELD 1117 Gas Metal ARC Welding I (2 cr)
WELD 1140 Welding Trade Knowledge (4 cr)
WELD 1160 Welding Theory (4 cr)
Total – 18 Credits
CCST 1530 Employment Strategies (3 cr)
WELD 1102* Shielded Metal ARC Welding II (3 cr)
WELD 1112* Blueprint Reading II (Welding Symbols) (2 cr)
WELD 1116* Gas Tungsten ARC Welding II (3 cr)
WELD 1118* Gas Metal Arc Welding II (3 cr)
WELD 1128* Metal Fabrication (3 cr)
WELD 1150* Advanced Metal Fabrication/CNC Automation (4 cr)
Total – 18 Credits
WELD 1113* Blueprint Reading III (CAD Systems) (2cr)
WELD 1120* Fabrication Design and Construction (4 cr)
WELD 1134* Welding Qualification (3 cr)
Total – 9 Credits
Second Year – Fall Semester
General Education (15 cr)
Total – 15 Credits
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 60 CREDITS
Career Description: Welding Program students will prepare for careers in the construction, pipe line, metal fabrication, manufacturing, repair, and specialty/custom job fields. Jobs that utilize arc welding, gas metal arc welding, flux core, TIG, oxyacetylene cutting, plasma cutting, and general fabrication are examples of the choices graduates will have. The welding and fabrication field is for the person that likes hands on work.
Program Information: The Welding and Fabrication Program is designed to create a foundation of skills and knowledge, allowing for a career in welding and fabrication. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to take welding certification and job entry tests.
Graduates will be able to:
- Apply proper industry safety standards;
- Apply welding and cutting safety procedures;
- Identify proper welding consumables and fluxes for a selected process;
- Perform a variety of welding processes using appropriate equipment and setup procedures and for GMAW, SMAW, GTAW, and OAW;
- Apply principles of basic welding fundamentals, symbols, blueprints and welding metallurgy;
- Design and execute fabrication projects to specifications;
- Read and interpret fabrication blueprints and drawings;
- Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
Special Program Requirements:
Transfer Opportunities: Some welding courses can be transferred to a variety of the four-year colleges. Because each college has its own requirements, check with a counselor about transferability.
Career Opportunities: Graduates have found employment in a wide variety of occupations ranging from pipe welding in construction projects to opportunities in manufacturing.
Career Titles: Common career titles for this field include production welder, welder fabrication person, metal fabrication person, shop foreman in fabrication, welding shop foreman, welding shop owner or manager, welding supply salesperson, and welding product salesperson.
Paul Jillson is a 1997 graduate with a Welding and Fabrication Diploma from CLC. Paul worked for Dane Engineering as the Foreman of the welding/fabrication department. Dane Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automated industrial equipment. Paul has a strong passion for the industrial arts and brings many years of experience to the program. He specializes in the state of the art Pulsed Mig welding process and CNC plasma/oxy-fuel cutting.
David Otto is a 2001 graduate with a Welding and Manufacturing Diploma from CLC. David worked for Graphics Packaging INC. in Crosby, MN as a welder, machinist, and assembler, fabricating large automated packaging machines. David then followed his passion for snowmobiles and racing while working as a chief mechanic on the factory Arctic Cat professional snowmobile race team in Thief River Falls, MN He also worked for Carlson Motorsports in Elk River, MN as chief mechanic for their race team until 2013. David also maintains his own fabrication shop at home. He started teaching at CLC in the Fall of 2013.