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Welding

 

Anoka Technical College offers multiple options in Welding education. Students can begin with a certificate and start working as soon as possible, and then continue to a diploma and then a degree.

Welding Pathway

  • Certificate
  • Diploma
  • Degree

Also see: Advanced Certificates and Robotic and Laser Welding

The Anoka Technical College Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Welding is a 66-credit program designed for individuals seeking a well-rounded welding background.

The Welding program consists of technical courses, specifically designed to develop exceptional welding skills utilizing the major welding processes that are vital to industry.

The technical courses are broken out into semester-long certificates to provide quick access into a welding career.

The degree program also offers a balance of general education courses to complement the welding courses and to provide students with opportunity to capitalize on a broad-based welding education.


 

Prerequisites

Some courses may require appropriate test score or completion of basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Program Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.

  1. Students will weld to visual acceptance criteria per applicable American Welding Society standards in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, and the shielded Metal Arc Welding process.
  2. Students will prepare weld joints and perform welding operations using welding symbols information.
  3. Students will follow established procedures and policies regarding personal protective gear, shop safety and welding equipment.
  4. Students will visually examine all work for discontinuities and defects with knowledge of industry specification.
  5. Students will work in a team environment and accept constructive criticism.
  6. Students will operate safely and proficiently using Oxy-fuel, Plasma, and Carbon Air Arc equipment.
  7. Students will demonstrate the ability to weld to entry level standard per American Welding Society on carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum.

Program Sequence

First Semester
 17
 WELD 1000
 Blueprint I- Lecture
1
 WELD 1001
 Blueprint I - Lab
1
 WELD 1002  Math for Welders
1
 WELD 1004  Oxy-Fuel Applications
1
 WELD 1006  Oxy-Fuel Processes
1
 WELD 1012  Processes and Power Sources I
3
 WELD 1014  Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I
3
 WELD 1018  Shielded Metal Arc Welding I
3
 WELD 1020
 Gas Metal Arc Welding I- A
1
 WELD 1021
 Gas Metal Arc Welding I- B 2
Second Semester 
17
 WELD 1022  Blueprint Reading II
3
 WELD 1024  Metal Theory I
2
 WELD 1026  Processes and Power Sources II
3
 WELD 1028  Gas Tungsten Arc Welding II
3
 WELD 1034  Gas Metal Arc Welding II
3
 WELD 1036  Shielded Metal Arc Welding II
3
Third Semester
17
 WELD 1209  Basic Pipe Welding
3
 WELD 2000  Basic Pip Layout
5
 WELD 2004  Metals Theory II
3
 WELD 2006  Welding Code Interpretation
2
 WELD 2008  Blueprint Reading III
4
 General Education/MnTC Requirements
15 
Fifteen (15) general education credits of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 MATH 1500  Mathematical Ideas
3
 General Education/MnTC courses
 12 remain credit must be taken from the MnTC
12

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, diploma or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

Certification

The Welding program not only provides students with a thorough background in welding and related theory, but also prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to take three national certification examinations:

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers certification examination;
  • American Petroleum Institute certification examination; and
  • American Welding Society’s Welding Code certification examination.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, visit:

Industry Information

The diversification of the welding industry impacts virtually every industry around the globe. From the depth of the world’s oceans to the far-reaching corners of outer space, there is a welding position for every hardworking, ambitious, smart individual who is ready and willing to constantly improve and striving for excellence.

A career choice in welding offers a vast array of options for employment and continuing personal development. Welding is the most common way to permanently join metal parts. Heat is applied to the pieces that are being joined; melting and fusing them together which forms a permanent bond.

Therefore, welding plays a key role in industry production lines, laboratories, research and development, national defense, sales and service, NASCAR and drag racing, custom motorcycle building, artwork, sculptures, pipelines, power plants, refineries, construction, maintenance, repair and much more.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Welders and solderers can advance to more skilled jobs with additional training and experience. For example, experienced welders may become technicians, supervisors, inspectors, or instructors. Other experienced welders and solderers open their own repair shops.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Faculty

Jay Gerdin
763-576-4055

Lisa Glendower
763-576-4086

Rich Godeen
763-576-4122

David Vlasyuk
763-576-4257

For service during summer hours contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

The Anoka Technical College Welding Technology diploma is a 34-credit program (the 34 total credits include 17 credits from the Basic Welding certificate) specifically designed to develop exceptional welding skills utilizing the major welding processes that are vital to industry.  

The Welding Technology diploma integrates theory with technical skills. Through the rigorous curriculum students will develop fundamental knowledge of GMAW, GTAW, SMAW and Oxy fuel welding processes. Blueprint and math ability are incorporated in the coursework. Students will also learn metal comprehension, industry safety practices and related equipment applications.

Prerequisites

Some courses may require appropriate test score or completion of basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.

Program Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.

  1. Students will weld to visual acceptance criteria per applicable American Welding Society standards in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding and the Shielded Metal Arc Welding process.
  2. Students will prepare weld joints and perform welding operations using welding symbol information.
  3. Students will follow established procedures and policies regarding personal protective gear, shop safety and welding equipment.
  4. Students will visually examine all work for discontinuities and defects with the knowledge of industry specification.
  5. Students will work in a team environment and accept constructive criticism.
  6. Students will operate safely and proficiently using Oxy-fuel, Plasma and Carbon Air Arc equipment.
  7. Students will demonstrate the ability to weld to entry level standard per American Welding Society on carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum

Program Sequence

 First Semester  17
 WELD 1000
 Blueprint I- Lecture
1
 WELD 1001
 Blueprint I- Lab
1
 WELD 1002  Math for Welders
1
 WELD 1004  Oxy-Fuel Appllcations
1
 WELD 1006  Oxy-Fuel Processes
1
 WELD 1012  Processes and Power Sources I
3
 WELD 1014  Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I
3
 WELD 1018  Shielded Metal Arc Welding I
3
 WELD 1020
 Gas Metal Arc Welding I- A
1
 WELD 1021
 Gas Metal Arc Welding I- B 2
 Second Semester  17
 WELD 1022      Blueprint Reading II  3
 WELD 1024  Metals Theory I  2
 WELD 1026  Processes and Power Sources II  3
 WELD 1028  Gas Tungsten Arc Welding II  3
 WELD 1034  Gas Metal Arc Welding II  3
 WELD 1036  Shielded Metal Arc Welding II  3

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, diploma or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

Certification

The Welding program not only provides students with a thorough background in welding and related theory, but also prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to take the national certification examination:

  • American Welding Society’s Welding Code certification examination.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, please visit:

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Welders and solderers can advance to more skilled jobs with additional training and experience. For example, experienced welders may become technicians, supervisors, inspectors, or instructors. Other experienced welders and solderers open their own repair shops.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Industry Information

The diversification of the welding industry impacts virtually every industry around the globe. From the depth of the world’s oceans to the far-reaching corners of outer space, there is a welding position for every hardworking, ambitious, smart individual who is ready and willing to constantly improve and striving for excellence.

A career choice in welding offers a vast array of options for employment and continuing personal development. Welding is the most common way to permanently join metal parts. Heat is applied to the pieces that are being joined; melting and fusing them together which forms a permanent bond.

Therefore, welding plays a key role in industry production lines, laboratories, research and development, national defense, sales and service, NASCAR and drag racing, custom motorcycle building, artwork, sculptures, pipelines, power plants, refineries, construction, maintenance, repair and much more.

Faculty

Jay Gerdin
763-576-4055

Rich Godeen
763-576-4022

Lisa Glendower
763-576-4086

For service during summer hours contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

The Anoka Technical College Basic Welding certificate is a 17-credit program designed for individuals seeking a well-rounded foundation in welding.

The Basic Welding certificate is designed for individuals who want quick access into the welding careers.

Prerequisites

None

Program Sequence

 First Semester
 
 17
 WELD 1000
 Blueprint I- Lecture
1
 WELD 1001
 Blueprint I- Lab
1
 WELD 1002  Math for Welders
1
 WELD 1004  Oxy-Fuel Applications
1
 WELD 1006  Oxy-Fuel Processes
1
 WELD 1012  Processes and Power Sources I
3
 WELD 1014  Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I
3
 WELD 1018  Shielded Metal Arc Welding I
3
 WELD 1020
 Gas Metal Arc Welding I- A 1
 WELD 1021
 Gas Metal Arc Welding I- B 2
 The Basic Welding certificate is designed to be completed in one semester with day and evening options.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, diploma or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, visit:

 

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Industry Information

The diversification of the welding industry impacts virtually every industry around the globe. From the depth of the world’s oceans to the far-reaching corners of outer space, there is a welding position for every hardworking, ambitious, smart individual who is ready and willing to constantly improve and striving for excellence.

A career choice in welding offers a vast array of options for employment and continuing personal development. Welding is the most common way to permanently join metal parts. Heat is applied to the pieces that are being joined; melting and fusing them together which forms a permanent bond.

Therefore, welding plays a key role in industry production lines, laboratories, research and development, national defense, sales and service, NASCAR and drag racing, custom motorcycle building, artwork, sculptures, pipelines, power plants, refineries, construction, maintenance, repair and much more.

Faculty

Jay Gerdin
763-576-4700

Rich Godeen
763-576-4700

Lisa Glendower
763-576-4086

For service during summer hours contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710