The State of North Dakota is in dire need of professional welders. The NHSC welding program provides students with the basic welding skills needed for entry-level welding jobs and apprenticeship programs. Program Outcomes:
- Be able to weld in all positions (flat, horizontal, vertical, overhead, pipe) with the six basic welding processes (Oxy-acetylene, Shielded Metal Arc, Gas Metal Arc, Flux Cored Arc self-shielded, Flux Cored Arc gas shielded, Gas Tungsten Arc).
- Be capable of passing the Washington State Building Officials (WABO) welding tests in the applicable welding processes.
- Be able to cut metals using thermal cutting processes (Oxy-acetylene, Plasma, Air Carbon Arc).
- Have their state industrial first aid and CPR cards.
- Know the basic fundamentals of welding processes and applications, metallurgy, and math and measurement.
- Be able to read and interpret basic blueprints, welding symbols, and welding codes and specifications.
Professional Course Requirement: Fall:
- WELD 165 Blueprint Symbols for Welding
- WELD 170 Arc Welding Operations
- WELD 173 Methods in Arc Welding Operations
- WELD 180 Shielded Metal Arc Welding
- WELD 183 Testing in Shielded Metal Arc Welding
- WELD 187 Types of Non-Destructive Testing
- WELD 110 Oxyfuel Operations
- WELD 118 Testing OA in Welding, Brazing, Cutting
- WELD 130 Advanced Testing in OA Welding, Brazing, Cutting
- WELD 135 Welding Principles
- WELD 140 Methods in GMA & FCA Welding
- WELD 145 Advanced Methods in GMA & FCA Welding
- WELD 150 Methods in GTA & Pa Welding
- WELD 155 Blueprint Reading for Welders
- WELD 160 Advanced Methods in GTA & PA Welding
Welding students may start the program in either fall or spring semester. Regardless of when program is started, WELD 155 must be taken before WELD 165.
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