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Welding Technology

Associate of Applied Science - Transfer

Prepare for your welding career through this program. Then put your high-demand skills to work in the metal and construction trades as a welder, cutter, or welding machine operator. Students choose to specialize in one of three areas: aluminum, structural fabrication, or pipe welding. In our state-of-the-art welding and fabrication facility, you’ll learn valuable skills that high-wage employers are looking for. From safety practices and blueprint reading, to technical skills like metallurgy, MIG, and TIG welding, BTC’s hands-on training will prepare you for a career in boat manufacturing, steel manufacturing, refining, and transportation, or with federal, state, or local governments.

Program Facts

75% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $44,517

Wage potential $54,725 annually

Employment and wage data sources

Student Chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS)

Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities for welders are expected to increase. Employment opportunities for welders, cutters, and welding machine operators differ by occupational specialty.

About 75% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $44,517, with an earning potential of about $54,725 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Welders are employed in various areas of business and industry that require working with different types of metal for either manufacturing, repair, or cutting. Nationally, nine out of ten welders and cutters are employed in manufacturing, services, construction, or wholesale trade.

Typical places of employment include sheet metal fabrication companies, energy service companies, steel manufacturing companies, refineries, fence and iron companies, transportation, heating and plumbing companies, various unions, federal, state and municipal government, and self-employment. Potential positions include welder, cutter, welding machine tender, welding machine operator, foreman, and leadman.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • WLD 101Welding Safety I2 credits

    Introduction to the general welding industry, shop safety and orientation to the metal shop environment. Also electrical and compressed gas cylinder safety, and safe applications with grinders, band saws, and ironworkers.

  • WLD 104Career Opportunities For Welders2 credits

    Survey course introduces students to careers in the welding & fabricating industry. Lecture topics will include code and non-code welding, fabricating, structural steel welding, aluminum welding, pipe welding & fitting, artistic, creative, and architectural welding, and local opportunities in the shop, refinery, and marine based industries. Guest speakers and tours of local industry will enhance the course to give students a broad-based view of the industry.

  • WLD 105Thermal Cutting Processes4 credits

    This course will introduce the student to the basics of plasma arc cutting, and oxy-fuel cutting processes; cutting safety; theory of gases; and hands-on lab practice cutting exercises. Compressed bottle handling and equipment safety and orientation will be stressed.

  • WLD 110SMAW I5 credits

    Students will learn applications of power sources, electrode identification, and basic steel metallurgy, while practicing lab techniques in E6010 and E7018 SMAW Electrodes in the weld booth.

  • WLD 120GMAW I5 credits

    Introduction to the Gas Metal Arc Welding, welding process for mild steel. Power sources, techniques, shielding gases, metallurgy, and electrode identification will be covered. The student will learn the application of this process through lab practice in the weld booth.


    Future Offerings
    11/3-12/12MW10:00a-11:30aWILLIAMS MOpenings: 1
     MW12:00p-4:00pWILLIAMS M
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pWILLIAMS M
     WTh 8:00a-9:55aWILLIAMS M
    11/3-12/11MW10:00a-11:30aRUSH COpenings: 2
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     TTh 2:15p-4:00pRUSH C
     WTh 8:00a-9:55aRUSH C
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  • MATH& 141 *Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBILLS MOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pBILLS MOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • Quarter 2
  • WLD 102Welding Safety II2 credits

    In depth welding & fabricating industry safety topics, including: general fabrication shop hazards; outside construction hazards; confined spaces, firewatch, fall protection hazard training and respirator/fresh air breathing apparatus training.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26M 8:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26M 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
  • WLD 103Hand & Power Tools4 credits

    This course introduces students to the safe and proper use of hand and power tools used in the aluminum welding and fabrication trade. The uses, set-up, trouble shooting, maintenance, and proper care will be covered.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26T 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    1/7-3/26T 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • WLD 106Print Reading I4 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TW 8:00a-9:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    1/7-3/26TW 8:00a-9:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • WLD 130FCAW I4 credits

    Course covers the flux core arc welding process, including dual shield and self-shielding processes. Classroom discussion includes process safety and applications, power sources, shielding gases, FCAW electrodes and metallurgy. Lab practice on mild steel in the weld booth.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/17W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    1/7-2/17W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • WLD 140Supervision and Management I4 credits

    An introduction to supervision. This course focuses on basic skills in communication, time management, planning, delegation, improving productivity, and the legal aspects of supervision. Practice sessions in communication, interviewing, merit reviews, and termination. Text required.


    Future Offerings
    2/18-3/26W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    2/18-3/26W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/24T 9:00a-11:05aNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
  • Quarter 3
  • WLD 107Welding Leadership I1 credits

    Team and organizational skills are highlighted in a creative activity. Students may practice these skills by participating in the planning, organization, and execution of a multifaceted public performance event, such as the BTC Welding Rodeo, a two-day welding skills competition, or other Team-Based activity involving supervision and leadership, as determined by the Welding Faculty.


    Future Offerings
    4/13-6/22M 8:00a-10:00aHANCOCK MOpenings: 24
    4/13-6/22M 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
  • WLD 121GMAW Aluminum I5 credits

    This introduction to the gas metal arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.


    Future Offerings
    5/12-6/23W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    5/12-6/23W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • WLD 141GTAW Aluminum I4 credits

    This introduction to gas tungsten arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/11W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    4/7-5/11W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • WLD 150 Steel Fabricating I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply basic layout and fabricating techniques, applying simple print reading concepts, and cutting and welding techniques, to produce simple fabricated small projects. GMAW, and FCAW welding processes may be used, as well as Plasma and Oxy/Fuel Thermal Cutting processes, and introduction to bevellers. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project. PREREQUISITES: WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Future Offerings
    5/12-6/23T 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    5/12-6/23T 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     T10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • WLD 151Aluminum Fabrication I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply weld joint theory, prep, and fabrication of aluminum, and application of print reading basics. Storage and handling techniques, metal preparation for fitting and welding, fixture and jigging tools and contamination and distortion control will be demonstrated and practiced. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project. PREREQUISITES: WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/5T 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    4/7-5/5T 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     T10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • PSYC& 100 *General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online MUDD SOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • 2nd Yr: Pipe Welding & Fabricating

  • WLD 205Print Reading II - Pipe3 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade, with emphasis on structural steel. Students will study and interpret industry drawings and prints, plan drawings, symbols, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics, sketching and drawing techniques. PREREQUISITES: All WLD 100 level courses

  • WLD 210SMAW II2 credits

    Shield metal arc welding on steel; open-root groove welding on plate.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 110
  • WLD 215SMAW Pipe7 credits

    Shield metal arc welding of open-root steel pipe in all positions in preparation for industrial applications and the AWS/WABO Pipe Welding Certification Test (AWS/WABO testing is offered in-house). This pipe welding practices follows AWS Welding Standard D1.1 Structural Welding Code and ASME IX and B31.3 SMAW Pipe Welding Certification Standards for pressure piping applications required by local refineries and affiliated industrial applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES
  • WLD 256Pipe Fabrication I7 credits

    Advanced Fabrication techniques for Pipe, including basic trade math, measuring tools and techniques, pipe welding layout and fit-up techniques for large-bore and small-bore steel pipe; pipe materials and fittings; pipe fitting safety, tools and techniques; and preparation of beveled pipe joints for welding. Welding is to WABO structural, AWS and ASME Pressure pipe welding standards, and Fabrication to accepted Industry Standards. This course will be based extensively on The Pipe Fitter’s Blue Book by Graves and BTC’s Pipe Welding and Pipe Fitting, Volumes I & II from NCCER Pipefitting Levels 1-4. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 150
  • 2nd Yr: Welding & Fabricating

  • WLD 206Print Reading II3 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 106
  • WLD 230FCAW II5 credits

    Advanced FCA welding techniques in all positions; in the weld booth and in work simulated difficult positions such as the welding module. Lab practice will include preparation for WABO certification testing. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 130
  • WLD 242GTAW & GMAW Alloys II5 credits

    This course focuses on GTAW with fillet and groove welds in all positions on aluminum.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses
  • WLD 254Steel Fabrication II6 credits

    This course covers advanced fabricating techniques for the jobsite, including material handling practice and safety, crane & hoist operation & safety, confined spaces and fresh air training, In position welding utilizing proper SMAW, GTAW, and FCAW technique in all positions, and cutting and air carbon arc gouging techniques in the Modular Training Facility. Also includes fall protection & scaffold safety, and use of large shop equipment (brake, shear, power rolls). PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 150
  • Quarter 5
  • 2nd Yr: Pipe Welding & Fabricating

  • WLD 208Metallurgy3 credits

    Examines theory and application of metallurgical principles as they are applied to design, formation, selection, heat treating and distortion, heat effects on crystalline structure, and welding of non-ferrous and ferrous metals and their alloys, and includes a comprehensive study of welding filler metals and ANSI/AAS designations. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES


    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/25TTh10:00a-11:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    1/13-3/25TTh 7:00a-9:00aJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 257Pipe Fabrication II4 credits

    Advanced Fabrication techniques for Pipe per Piping Industry accepted codes and standards. Will include trade math in laying-out angles and offsets; pipefitting calculations; special pipefitting problems, including branch connections, headers; and fabrication piping systems involving reducers, and fabrication of offsets. Also pipe support systems and rigging for piping installations in the Fabrication Module. This course will be based extensively on "The Pipe Fitter’s Blue Book" by Graves and "BTC’s Pipe Welding and Pipe Fitting, Volumes I & II" from NCCER Pipefitting Levels 1-4.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 256

    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/25WThF10:00a-11:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
     TWThF11:30a-2:00pANDERSON D
  • WLD 262 GTAW Pipe Welding6 credits

    GTAW open root welding on carbon steel will be discussed. Pipe fitting techniques; for GTAW remote amperage adjustment and scratch-arc techniques. Welding in the booth and in the fabrication shop or Fabrication Module will be demonstrated and practiced. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES and WLD 215

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 215

    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/25TWThF 7:00a-10:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
  • Electives6 credits

  • 2nd Yr: Welding & Fabricating

  • WLD 208Metallurgy3 credits

    Examines theory and application of metallurgical principles as they are applied to design, formation, selection, heat treating and distortion, heat effects on crystalline structure, and welding of non-ferrous and ferrous metals and their alloys, and includes a comprehensive study of welding filler metals and ANSI/AAS designations. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES


    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/25TTh10:00a-11:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    1/13-3/25TTh 7:00a-9:00aJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 232FCAW Practices II4 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 Level Courses
  • WLD 255Structural Steel Fabrication6 credits

    Students will learn advanced fabricating techniques for industrial jobsite applications. In-position welding utilizing proper SMAW and FCAW technique in all positions, and cutting and air carbon arc gouging techniques in the Modular Training Facility (Module). Also includes fall protection & scaffold safety and use of large shop equipment. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 254
  • Electives6 credits

  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    11/5-12/10W 3:00p-5:00pPISCOPO NOpenings: 14
    1/13-2/10T 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/14-2/11W 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/7-2/11W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/13-5/18M 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/8-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 6
  • 2nd Yr: Pipe Welding & Fabricating

  • WLD 207Welding Leadership II1 credits

    Team and organizational skills are highlighted in a creative activity. Students may practice these skills by participating in the planning, organization, and execution of a multifaceted public performance event, such as the BTC Welding Rodeo, a two-day welding skills competition, or other Team-Based activity involving supervision and leadership, as determined by the Welding Faculty. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES


    Future Offerings
    5/12-5/20ARR 7:00a-6:00pANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    5/12-5/20ARR 7:00a-6:00pJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 209Codes & Standards2 credits

    Discussion of commonly used destructive and non-destructive weld testing processes and techniques, visual weld inspection parameters and techniques, and industry accepted codes and welding standards, publications, and standardizing organizations; including AWS, ASME, ANSI, API, AA and WABO.

    Prerequisite:
    ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/8TTh10:00a-11:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 7:00a-9:00aJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 271Welder Testing6 credits

    This course requires successful completion of at least one AWS/WABO Certification Test (SMAW or FCAW) on 1" plate or 8" Schedule 80 Pipe. Proof of industry certification may substitute for this requirement by Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 101 level courses.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23TWThF 7:00a-2:00pANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TWThF 7:00a-2:00pJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 295Capstone Project3 credits

    A culminating project consisting of a portfolio, resume and job search element, and a culminating fabrication project under the direction of staff. PREREQUISITE: All WLD Courses 270 & under

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD courses 270 & under

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23WF10:00a-11:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
     TWThF11:30a-3:00pANDERSON D
    5/26-6/23TWThF 7:00a-2:00pJONES ROpenings: 24
  • Electives6 credits

  • 2nd Yr: Welding & Fabricating

  • WLD 207Welding Leadership II1 credits

    Team and organizational skills are highlighted in a creative activity. Students may practice these skills by participating in the planning, organization, and execution of a multifaceted public performance event, such as the BTC Welding Rodeo, a two-day welding skills competition, or other Team-Based activity involving supervision and leadership, as determined by the Welding Faculty. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES


    Future Offerings
    5/12-5/20ARR 7:00a-6:00pANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    5/12-5/20ARR 7:00a-6:00pJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 209Codes & Standards2 credits

    Discussion of commonly used destructive and non-destructive weld testing processes and techniques, visual weld inspection parameters and techniques, and industry accepted codes and welding standards, publications, and standardizing organizations; including AWS, ASME, ANSI, API, AA and WABO.

    Prerequisite:
    ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/8TTh10:00a-11:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 7:00a-9:00aJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 271Welder Testing6 credits

    This course requires successful completion of at least one AWS/WABO Certification Test (SMAW or FCAW) on 1" plate or 8" Schedule 80 Pipe. Proof of industry certification may substitute for this requirement by Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 101 level courses.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23TWThF 7:00a-2:00pANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TWThF 7:00a-2:00pJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 295Capstone Project3 credits

    A culminating project consisting of a portfolio, resume and job search element, and a culminating fabrication project under the direction of staff. PREREQUISITE: All WLD Courses 270 & under

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD courses 270 & under

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23WF10:00a-11:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
     TWThF11:30a-3:00pANDERSON D
    5/26-6/23TWThF 7:00a-2:00pJONES ROpenings: 24
  • Electives6 credits

  • Electives
  • AAS-T students please see program advisor for quarter electives.

  • CODR 125Forklift Driver Certification1 credits

    This course provides the student with forklift driving safety knowledge and skills to comply with OSHA/WISHA, and meets WAC 296.863.60005 requirements. Instruction emphasizes prevention of workplace related hazards, accidents, and injuries. Students will be awarded the Ives Mobile Equipment Operator's Certification. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have previous forklift driving experience. Employers must also test an employee's ability and provide additional training on any different conditions specific to a particular job site.


    Future Offerings
    11/8Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 1
    12/6Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 1
    1/24Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 5
    3/14Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 5
  • ENVS 151Basic CSTOP Course0.8 credits

    Developed by Construction Safety Professionals to provide superior Safety Training, CSTOP is an industrial and heavy construction safety training and orientation program designed to provide contractor employees with a better than basic understanding of hazards and safety procedures associated with work in highly hazardous work areas.


    Future Offerings
    11/22Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 23
    1/31Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 30
    3/14Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 30
  • HLTH 155First Aid Fundamentals1 credits

    This eight-hour first aid course is in compliance with WAC 296-24 of the State of Washington and meets OSHA/WISHA requirements for first aid training. This course teaches the fundamentals of first aid in order to gain access to the EMS system, render emergency care in a low-risk occupational environment, and teaches adult CPR and obstructed airway techniques. Both CPR and first aid cards are good for two years. Attendance at all sessions and demonstration of competency is required for certification.


    Future Offerings
    11/3-11/5MW 5:30p-9:30pJORGENSEN KWaitlisted: 2
    11/19W 6:00p-9:00pENGELS JOpenings: 4
    1/20-1/22TTh 5:00p-9:00pLIEBERHERR JOpenings: 14
    1/31Sa 8:00a-5:00pREAD AMOpenings: 14
    2/11W 6:00p-9:00pENGELS JOpenings: 10
    3/6F 1:00p-4:00pKING JOpenings: 10
  • WLD 211SMAW III9 credits

    Shield Metal Arc Welding on steel, open-root groove welding on plate. Advanced SMAW Welding, including overhead welding and Advanced welding positions on various shapes to simulate industry needs. Offered in Summer only.

  • WLD 216SMAW Practices TP2 credits

    SMAW process in E6010 Electrodes in the 1F, 2F, and 3F positions. Focus is skill development for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 217Advanced SMAW Practices6 credits

    Lab exploring avenues for overcoming the difficulties of advanced SMA welding, confined space applications, and out of position welding. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 216 or Instructor permission
  • WLD 218SMAW Practices II TP2 credits

    SMAW process using E7018 Electrodes in the 2F, 3F, and 4F positions. Focus is skill development for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 219GTAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    This course focuses on GTAW with fillet and groove welds in all positions on aluminum plate on the 1F, 2F, & 3F positions, for the beginning or advanced welder.

  • WLD 220SMAW Practice III4 credits

    SMAW process on pipe or plate in various positions with various electrodes for the advanced welder. Practice mainly for 6G Pipe Test or Plate Test.

  • WLD 223GMAW Practices TP2 credits

    GMAW process in 2F, and 3F up positions on 1/4" steel plate for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 224Advanced GMAW Practices2 credits

    GMAW welding practice on steel in all positions. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 120 or WLD 223
  • WLD 225GMAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    GMAW aluminum welding practices in the 2F and 3F positions on various thickness of aluminum for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 226Advanced Aluminum Welding Practices6 credits

    Guided & self-guided Instructor-approved practices in GMAW or GTAW on aluminum. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 222 or WLD 242 or Instructor permission
  • WLD 231FCAW Practices TP2 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 120 or WLD 223
  • WLD 232FCAW Practices II4 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 Level Courses
  • WLD 233FCAW Practices III6 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

  • WLD 243GTAW Steel Practices TP2 credits

    GTAW process in 2F and 3F positions on sheet metal for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 244Alloy Pipe Welding9 credits

    SMAW & GTAW welding applications for alloy pipe, including primarily medium carbon, chrome-moly, and stainless steel. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 215
  • WLD 245Advance GTAW Practices6 credits

    Lab focuses on proper joint preparation, fit-up and welding of alloy plate, including stainless steel GTAW welding, open root butt welds and various alloys and carbon steel. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 243
  • WLD 246GTAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    GTAW aluminum welding practice in 2F and 3F positions on 1/8" aluminum plate. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 247Advance GTAW Aluminum Practices3 credits

    Advanced GTA welding of aluminum alloys in all positions and confined spaces. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 246
  • WLD 258Special Fabrication Projects6 credits

    Guided and self-guided steel or aluminum fabrication projects by instructor permission. Offered in Summer only.

    Prerequisite:
    ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES
  • WLD 259Alloy Fabrication Projects9 credits

    Guided alloy and steel fabrication projects for the advanced welder. Primarily stainless steel and other common steel alloys. SMAW & GTAW welding applications for alloy pipe or plate, including primarily medium carbon, chrome-moly, and stainless steel. Offered in Summer only. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 254 or WLD 258
  • WLD 273Testing II6 credits

    Elective: Guided Lab practice in preparation for WABO/ASME/ABS/in-house testing. Welder qualification and certification testing. Processes may include FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, or GMAW in all positions, including fit-up, and NDE principles. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES and Instructor permission

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 230, WLD 210, WLD 262, WLD 271 or equivalent; Instructor permission
  • WLD 274TESTING III9 credits

    Elective: Guided Lab practice in preparation for WABO/ASME/ABS/In-house testing. Welder qualification and certification testing. Processes may include FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, or GMAW in all positions, including fit-up, and NDE principles. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 281Welding Upgrade 20hr1 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 20-hour upgrade in one credit. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 282Welding Upgrade 50hr2 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A50-hour upgrade in one credit. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 283Welding Upgrade 70hr3 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 70-hour upgrade in one credit. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 293Welding Internship I3 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 298Welding Internship II6 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 299Welding Internship III6 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS131 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T General Education class options

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall Quarter.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.
  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • NOTE: It is highly recommended that students take these courses prior to program entry:
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition
  • CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication or PSYC& 100 General Psychology
  • MATH& 141 PreCalculus or MATH& 107 Math in Society or MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics
  • Five credit elective course in Science, Social Science or Humanities for the AAS-T Transferrable Courses generally accepted transfer list

Program Outcomes

  • Exhibit & maintain essential employability behaviors.
  • Observe and practice industry safety guidelines.
  • Analyze and interpret prints, drawings, and symbols for welding and fabrication of parts and structures.
  • Achieve competency in a variety of major manual and semi-automatic welding processes in all positions.
  • Demonstrate proper set-up and use of welding and fabricating equipment
  • Troubleshoot and solve basic welding, fabricating and equipment problems.
  • Pass at least one WABO certification or industry-accepted certification welding test (ASME, AWS, ABS, etc.).
  • Exhibit knowledge of occupational environments, metallurgy, materials, tools, fabrication, layout, and mechanical and thermal cutting processes and techniques.
  • Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication with customers, co-workers, and supervisors.
  • Analyze and interpret prints and drawings for welding and fabricating
  • Employ efficient organizational skills.
  • Stay current with new and emerging technologies.

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Don Anderson

 

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


B.F.A., Painting/Printmaking, University of Kansas.

A.A., Painting, Johnson County Community College.

A.A.S.T., Professional Technical Education, Bellingham Technical College.

Certificate, WABO - Certified Pipe Welder, Certified Weld Examiner

Certificate, ASME/ANSI Certified Journeyman Alloy Pipewelder

Certificate, AWS- Certified Welder Inspector (CWI), Certified Welding Educator (CWE)

Certificate, Navy Certified Journeyman Alloy Pipewelder

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8346
danderson@btc.ctc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

Background


Profile

Don has taught at BTC for 15 years, and is a 34-year veteran of the steel and piping industries in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His Industry...

    • Don has taught at BTC for 15 years, and is a 34-year veteran of the steel and piping industries in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His Industry experience includes work for several companies in Refineries, Shipbuilding and Repair, Seafood Plant Maintenance, and the Natural Gas Pipeline Installation & Maintenance Industries in union and non-union capacities. He has held multiple plate and pipe welding certifications in steel and high alloys, specializing in SMAW, GTAW and FCAW welding processes on structural steel and certified pressure piping.

      Don has been a welding supervisor and company co-owner and is currently a WABO Certified Pipe Welder in SMAW and GTAW, and is an AWS CWI and CWE, and a WABO Certified Welder Examiner. Don holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Kansas, an AA in Painting from Johnson County Community College, Kansas, and was the first recipient of the AAS-T in Professional Technical Education at Bellingham Technical College. In addition, Don is a professional artist and welded stainless steel and mixed-alloy metal sculptor, with work widely exhibited and collected in the Pacific Northwest and in National exhibitions.

Specialties
Don’s specialty is welding and teaching welding of steel and alloy piping for industrial pressure piping applications, specifically for the oil refinery and pipeline industries, and marine applications

    • Don’s specialty is welding and teaching welding of steel and alloy piping for industrial pressure piping applications, specifically for the oil refinery and pipeline industries, and marine applications


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Russell Jones

 

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


U.S. Navy HT-Hull Maintenance Technician

Ironworkers Local #509

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Educator (CWE)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Radiographic Interpreter (CRI)

WABO-Structural steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WABO-Certified Welder

WABO-Weld Examiner

ICC-Structural Steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8301
rjones@btc.ctc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

Background


Profile
Test...


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Coly Rush

 

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8557
CRush@btc.ctc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 


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Matthew Bryant

 

Area of Instruction


Health Grants (HEET, HECO)

 

Contact Info


752-8695
mbryant@btc.ctc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 204

 


Associate Applied Science

Prepare for your welding career through this program. Then put your high-demand skills to work in the metal and construction trades as a welder, cutter, or welding machine operator. Students choose to specialize in one of three areas: aluminum, structural fabrication, or pipe welding. In our state-of-the-art welding and fabrication facility, you’ll learn valuable skills that high-wage employers are looking for. From safety practices and blueprint reading, to technical skills like metallurgy, MIG, and TIG welding, BTC’s hands-on training will prepare you for a career in boat manufacturing, steel manufacturing, refining, and transportation, or with federal, state, or local governments.

Program Facts

75% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $44,517

Wage potential $54,725 annually

Employment and wage data sources

Student Chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS)

Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities for welders are expected to increase. Employment opportunities for welders, cutters, and welding machine operators differ by occupational specialty.

About 75% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $44,517, with an earning potential of about $54,725 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Welders are employed in various areas of business and industry that require working with different types of metal for either manufacturing, repair, or cutting. Nationally, nine out of ten welders and cutters are employed in manufacturing, services, construction, or wholesale trade.

Typical places of employment include sheet metal fabrication companies, energy service companies, steel manufacturing companies, refineries, fence and iron companies, transportation, heating and plumbing companies, various unions, federal, state and municipal government, and self-employment. Potential positions include welder, cutter, welding machine tender, welding machine operator, foreman, and leadman.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • WLD 101Welding Safety I2 credits

    Introduction to the general welding industry, shop safety and orientation to the metal shop environment. Also electrical and compressed gas cylinder safety, and safe applications with grinders, band saws, and ironworkers.

  • WLD 104Career Opportunities For Welders2 credits

    Survey course introduces students to careers in the welding & fabricating industry. Lecture topics will include code and non-code welding, fabricating, structural steel welding, aluminum welding, pipe welding & fitting, artistic, creative, and architectural welding, and local opportunities in the shop, refinery, and marine based industries. Guest speakers and tours of local industry will enhance the course to give students a broad-based view of the industry.

  • WLD 105Thermal Cutting Processes4 credits

    This course will introduce the student to the basics of plasma arc cutting, and oxy-fuel cutting processes; cutting safety; theory of gases; and hands-on lab practice cutting exercises. Compressed bottle handling and equipment safety and orientation will be stressed.

  • WLD 110SMAW I5 credits

    Students will learn applications of power sources, electrode identification, and basic steel metallurgy, while practicing lab techniques in E6010 and E7018 SMAW Electrodes in the weld booth.

  • WLD 120GMAW I5 credits

    Introduction to the Gas Metal Arc Welding, welding process for mild steel. Power sources, techniques, shielding gases, metallurgy, and electrode identification will be covered. The student will learn the application of this process through lab practice in the weld booth.


    Future Offerings
    11/3-12/12MW10:00a-11:30aWILLIAMS MOpenings: 1
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    11/3-12/11MW10:00a-11:30aRUSH COpenings: 2
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  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator. Text required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pADAMS JOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 28
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pADAMS JOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online ADAMS JOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • WLD 102Welding Safety II2 credits

    In depth welding & fabricating industry safety topics, including: general fabrication shop hazards; outside construction hazards; confined spaces, firewatch, fall protection hazard training and respirator/fresh air breathing apparatus training.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26M 8:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26M 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
  • WLD 103Hand & Power Tools4 credits

    This course introduces students to the safe and proper use of hand and power tools used in the aluminum welding and fabrication trade. The uses, set-up, trouble shooting, maintenance, and proper care will be covered.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26T 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    1/7-3/26T 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • WLD 106Print Reading I4 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TW 8:00a-9:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    1/7-3/26TW 8:00a-9:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • WLD 130FCAW I4 credits

    Course covers the flux core arc welding process, including dual shield and self-shielding processes. Classroom discussion includes process safety and applications, power sources, shielding gases, FCAW electrodes and metallurgy. Lab practice on mild steel in the weld booth.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/17W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    1/7-2/17W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
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     MW10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • WLD 140Supervision and Management I4 credits

    An introduction to supervision. This course focuses on basic skills in communication, time management, planning, delegation, improving productivity, and the legal aspects of supervision. Practice sessions in communication, interviewing, merit reviews, and termination. Text required.


    Future Offerings
    2/18-3/26W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    2/18-3/26W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pBURNS JOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW 3:00p-4:25pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW 1:00p-2:25pBURNS JOpenings: 26
    1/13-3/24T 6:00p-8:30pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • WLD 107Welding Leadership I1 credits

    Team and organizational skills are highlighted in a creative activity. Students may practice these skills by participating in the planning, organization, and execution of a multifaceted public performance event, such as the BTC Welding Rodeo, a two-day welding skills competition, or other Team-Based activity involving supervision and leadership, as determined by the Welding Faculty.


    Future Offerings
    4/13-6/22M 8:00a-10:00aHANCOCK MOpenings: 24
    4/13-6/22M 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
  • WLD 121GMAW Aluminum I5 credits

    This introduction to the gas metal arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.


    Future Offerings
    5/12-6/23W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    5/12-6/23W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • WLD 141GTAW Aluminum I4 credits

    This introduction to gas tungsten arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/11W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    4/7-5/11W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
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     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • WLD 150 Steel Fabricating I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply basic layout and fabricating techniques, applying simple print reading concepts, and cutting and welding techniques, to produce simple fabricated small projects. GMAW, and FCAW welding processes may be used, as well as Plasma and Oxy/Fuel Thermal Cutting processes, and introduction to bevellers. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project. PREREQUISITES: WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Future Offerings
    5/12-6/23T 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    5/12-6/23T 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     T10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • WLD 151Aluminum Fabrication I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply weld joint theory, prep, and fabrication of aluminum, and application of print reading basics. Storage and handling techniques, metal preparation for fitting and welding, fixture and jigging tools and contamination and distortion control will be demonstrated and practiced. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project. PREREQUISITES: WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/5T 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    4/7-5/5T 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     T10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • WLD 206Print Reading II3 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 106
  • WLD 230FCAW II5 credits

    Advanced FCA welding techniques in all positions; in the weld booth and in work simulated difficult positions such as the welding module. Lab practice will include preparation for WABO certification testing. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 130
  • WLD 242GTAW & GMAW Alloys II5 credits

    This course focuses on GTAW with fillet and groove welds in all positions on aluminum.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses
  • WLD 254Steel Fabrication II6 credits

    This course covers advanced fabricating techniques for the jobsite, including material handling practice and safety, crane & hoist operation & safety, confined spaces and fresh air training, In position welding utilizing proper SMAW, GTAW, and FCAW technique in all positions, and cutting and air carbon arc gouging techniques in the Modular Training Facility. Also includes fall protection & scaffold safety, and use of large shop equipment (brake, shear, power rolls). PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 150
  • Quarter 5
  • WLD 208Metallurgy3 credits

    Examines theory and application of metallurgical principles as they are applied to design, formation, selection, heat treating and distortion, heat effects on crystalline structure, and welding of non-ferrous and ferrous metals and their alloys, and includes a comprehensive study of welding filler metals and ANSI/AAS designations. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES


    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/25TTh10:00a-11:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    1/13-3/25TTh 7:00a-9:00aJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 232FCAW Practices II4 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 Level Courses
  • WLD 255Structural Steel Fabrication6 credits

    Students will learn advanced fabricating techniques for industrial jobsite applications. In-position welding utilizing proper SMAW and FCAW technique in all positions, and cutting and air carbon arc gouging techniques in the Modular Training Facility (Module). Also includes fall protection & scaffold safety and use of large shop equipment. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 254
  • Electives6 credits

  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    11/5-12/10W 3:00p-5:00pPISCOPO NOpenings: 14
    1/13-2/10T 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/14-2/11W 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/7-2/11W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/13-5/18M 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/8-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 6
  • WLD 207Welding Leadership II1 credits

    Team and organizational skills are highlighted in a creative activity. Students may practice these skills by participating in the planning, organization, and execution of a multifaceted public performance event, such as the BTC Welding Rodeo, a two-day welding skills competition, or other Team-Based activity involving supervision and leadership, as determined by the Welding Faculty. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES


    Future Offerings
    5/12-5/20ARR 7:00a-6:00pANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    5/12-5/20ARR 7:00a-6:00pJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 209Codes & Standards2 credits

    Discussion of commonly used destructive and non-destructive weld testing processes and techniques, visual weld inspection parameters and techniques, and industry accepted codes and welding standards, publications, and standardizing organizations; including AWS, ASME, ANSI, API, AA and WABO.

    Prerequisite:
    ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/8TTh10:00a-11:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 7:00a-9:00aJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 271Welder Testing6 credits

    This course requires successful completion of at least one AWS/WABO Certification Test (SMAW or FCAW) on 1" plate or 8" Schedule 80 Pipe. Proof of industry certification may substitute for this requirement by Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 101 level courses.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23TWThF 7:00a-2:00pANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TWThF 7:00a-2:00pJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 295Capstone Project3 credits

    A culminating project consisting of a portfolio, resume and job search element, and a culminating fabrication project under the direction of staff. PREREQUISITE: All WLD Courses 270 & under

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD courses 270 & under

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23WF10:00a-11:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
     TWThF11:30a-3:00pANDERSON D
    5/26-6/23TWThF 7:00a-2:00pJONES ROpenings: 24
  • Electives6 credits

  • Electives
  • AAS students please see program advisor for quarter electives.

  • CODR 125Forklift Driver Certification1 credits

    This course provides the student with forklift driving safety knowledge and skills to comply with OSHA/WISHA, and meets WAC 296.863.60005 requirements. Instruction emphasizes prevention of workplace related hazards, accidents, and injuries. Students will be awarded the Ives Mobile Equipment Operator's Certification. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have previous forklift driving experience. Employers must also test an employee's ability and provide additional training on any different conditions specific to a particular job site.


    Future Offerings
    11/8Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 1
    12/6Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 1
    1/24Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 5
    3/14Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 5
  • ENVS 151Basic CSTOP Course0.8 credits

    Developed by Construction Safety Professionals to provide superior Safety Training, CSTOP is an industrial and heavy construction safety training and orientation program designed to provide contractor employees with a better than basic understanding of hazards and safety procedures associated with work in highly hazardous work areas.


    Future Offerings
    11/22Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 23
    1/31Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 30
    3/14Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 30
  • HLTH 155First Aid Fundamentals1 credits

    This eight-hour first aid course is in compliance with WAC 296-24 of the State of Washington and meets OSHA/WISHA requirements for first aid training. This course teaches the fundamentals of first aid in order to gain access to the EMS system, render emergency care in a low-risk occupational environment, and teaches adult CPR and obstructed airway techniques. Both CPR and first aid cards are good for two years. Attendance at all sessions and demonstration of competency is required for certification.


    Future Offerings
    11/3-11/5MW 5:30p-9:30pJORGENSEN KWaitlisted: 2
    11/19W 6:00p-9:00pENGELS JOpenings: 4
    1/20-1/22TTh 5:00p-9:00pLIEBERHERR JOpenings: 14
    1/31Sa 8:00a-5:00pREAD AMOpenings: 14
    2/11W 6:00p-9:00pENGELS JOpenings: 10
    3/6F 1:00p-4:00pKING JOpenings: 10
  • WLD 211SMAW III9 credits

    Shield Metal Arc Welding on steel, open-root groove welding on plate. Advanced SMAW Welding, including overhead welding and Advanced welding positions on various shapes to simulate industry needs. Offered in Summer only.

  • WLD 216SMAW Practices TP2 credits

    SMAW process in E6010 Electrodes in the 1F, 2F, and 3F positions. Focus is skill development for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 217Advanced SMAW Practices6 credits

    Lab exploring avenues for overcoming the difficulties of advanced SMA welding, confined space applications, and out of position welding. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 216 or Instructor permission
  • WLD 218SMAW Practices II TP2 credits

    SMAW process using E7018 Electrodes in the 2F, 3F, and 4F positions. Focus is skill development for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 219GTAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    This course focuses on GTAW with fillet and groove welds in all positions on aluminum plate on the 1F, 2F, & 3F positions, for the beginning or advanced welder.

  • WLD 220SMAW Practice III4 credits

    SMAW process on pipe or plate in various positions with various electrodes for the advanced welder. Practice mainly for 6G Pipe Test or Plate Test.

  • WLD 223GMAW Practices TP2 credits

    GMAW process in 2F, and 3F up positions on 1/4" steel plate for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 224Advanced GMAW Practices2 credits

    GMAW welding practice on steel in all positions. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 120 or WLD 223
  • WLD 225GMAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    GMAW aluminum welding practices in the 2F and 3F positions on various thickness of aluminum for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 226Advanced Aluminum Welding Practices6 credits

    Guided & self-guided Instructor-approved practices in GMAW or GTAW on aluminum. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 222 or WLD 242 or Instructor permission
  • WLD 231FCAW Practices TP2 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 120 or WLD 223
  • WLD 232FCAW Practices II4 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 Level Courses
  • WLD 233FCAW Practices III6 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

  • WLD 243GTAW Steel Practices TP2 credits

    GTAW process in 2F and 3F positions on sheet metal for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 244Alloy Pipe Welding9 credits

    SMAW & GTAW welding applications for alloy pipe, including primarily medium carbon, chrome-moly, and stainless steel. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 215
  • WLD 245Advance GTAW Practices6 credits

    Lab focuses on proper joint preparation, fit-up and welding of alloy plate, including stainless steel GTAW welding, open root butt welds and various alloys and carbon steel. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 243
  • WLD 246GTAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    GTAW aluminum welding practice in 2F and 3F positions on 1/8" aluminum plate. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 247Advance GTAW Aluminum Practices3 credits

    Advanced GTA welding of aluminum alloys in all positions and confined spaces. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 246
  • WLD 258Special Fabrication Projects6 credits

    Guided and self-guided steel or aluminum fabrication projects by instructor permission. Offered in Summer only.

    Prerequisite:
    ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES
  • WLD 259Alloy Fabrication Projects9 credits

    Guided alloy and steel fabrication projects for the advanced welder. Primarily stainless steel and other common steel alloys. SMAW & GTAW welding applications for alloy pipe or plate, including primarily medium carbon, chrome-moly, and stainless steel. Offered in Summer only. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 254 or WLD 258
  • WLD 273Testing II6 credits

    Elective: Guided Lab practice in preparation for WABO/ASME/ABS/in-house testing. Welder qualification and certification testing. Processes may include FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, or GMAW in all positions, including fit-up, and NDE principles. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES and Instructor permission

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 230, WLD 210, WLD 262, WLD 271 or equivalent; Instructor permission
  • WLD 274TESTING III9 credits

    Elective: Guided Lab practice in preparation for WABO/ASME/ABS/In-house testing. Welder qualification and certification testing. Processes may include FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, or GMAW in all positions, including fit-up, and NDE principles. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 281Welding Upgrade 20hr1 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 20-hour upgrade in one credit. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 282Welding Upgrade 50hr2 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A50-hour upgrade in one credit. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 283Welding Upgrade 70hr3 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 70-hour upgrade in one credit. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 293Welding Internship I3 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 298Welding Internship II6 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 299Welding Internship III6 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS126 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS General Education class options

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall Quarter.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • NOTE: It is highly recommended that students take these courses prior to program entry:
  • CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communications
  • AENGL 100 Applied English
  • AMATH 100 Applied Occupational Math

Program Outcomes

  • Exhibit & maintain essential employability behaviors.
  • Observe and practice industry safety guidelines.
  • Analyze and interpret prints, drawings, and symbols for welding and fabrication of parts and structures.
  • Achieve competency in a variety of major manual and semi-automatic welding processes in all positions.
  • Demonstrate proper set-up and use of welding and fabricating equipment.
  • Troubleshoot and solve basic welding, fabricating and equipment problems.
  • Pass at least one WABO certification or industry-accepted certification welding test (ASME, AWS, ABS, etc.).
  • Exhibit knowledge of occupational environments, metallurgy, materials, tools, fabrication, layout, and mechanical and thermal cutting processes and techniques.
  • Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication with customers, co-workers, and supervisors.
  • Analyze and interpret prints and drawings for welding and fabricating.
  • Employ efficient organizational skills.
  • Stay current with new and emerging technologies.

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Russell Jones

 

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


U.S. Navy HT-Hull Maintenance Technician

Ironworkers Local #509

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Educator (CWE)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Radiographic Interpreter (CRI)

WABO-Structural steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WABO-Certified Welder

WABO-Weld Examiner

ICC-Structural Steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8301
rjones@btc.ctc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

Background


Profile
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Don Anderson

 

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


B.F.A., Painting/Printmaking, University of Kansas.

A.A., Painting, Johnson County Community College.

A.A.S.T., Professional Technical Education, Bellingham Technical College.

Certificate, WABO - Certified Pipe Welder, Certified Weld Examiner

Certificate, ASME/ANSI Certified Journeyman Alloy Pipewelder

Certificate, AWS- Certified Welder Inspector (CWI), Certified Welding Educator (CWE)

Certificate, Navy Certified Journeyman Alloy Pipewelder

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8346
danderson@btc.ctc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

Background


Profile

Don has taught at BTC for 15 years, and is a 34-year veteran of the steel and piping industries in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His Industry...

    • Don has taught at BTC for 15 years, and is a 34-year veteran of the steel and piping industries in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His Industry experience includes work for several companies in Refineries, Shipbuilding and Repair, Seafood Plant Maintenance, and the Natural Gas Pipeline Installation & Maintenance Industries in union and non-union capacities. He has held multiple plate and pipe welding certifications in steel and high alloys, specializing in SMAW, GTAW and FCAW welding processes on structural steel and certified pressure piping.

      Don has been a welding supervisor and company co-owner and is currently a WABO Certified Pipe Welder in SMAW and GTAW, and is an AWS CWI and CWE, and a WABO Certified Welder Examiner. Don holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Kansas, an AA in Painting from Johnson County Community College, Kansas, and was the first recipient of the AAS-T in Professional Technical Education at Bellingham Technical College. In addition, Don is a professional artist and welded stainless steel and mixed-alloy metal sculptor, with work widely exhibited and collected in the Pacific Northwest and in National exhibitions.

Specialties
Don’s specialty is welding and teaching welding of steel and alloy piping for industrial pressure piping applications, specifically for the oil refinery and pipeline industries, and marine applications

    • Don’s specialty is welding and teaching welding of steel and alloy piping for industrial pressure piping applications, specifically for the oil refinery and pipeline industries, and marine applications


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Coly Rush

 

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8557
CRush@btc.ctc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 


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Matthew Williams

 

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

 

Contact Info



MWilliams@btc.ctc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 


Associate Applied Science

Prepare for your welding career through this program. Then put your high-demand skills to work in the metal and construction trades as a welder, cutter, or welding machine operator. Students choose to specialize in one of three areas: aluminum, structural fabrication, or pipe welding. In our state-of-the-art welding and fabrication facility, you’ll learn valuable skills that high-wage employers are looking for. From safety practices and blueprint reading, to technical skills like metallurgy, MIG, and TIG welding, BTC’s hands-on training will prepare you for a career in boat manufacturing, steel manufacturing, refining, and transportation, or with federal, state, or local governments.

Program Facts

75% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $44,517

Wage potential $54,725 annually

Employment and wage data sources

Student Chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS)

Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities for welders are expected to increase. Employment opportunities for welders, cutters, and welding machine operators differ by occupational specialty.

About 75% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $44,517, with an earning potential of about $54,725 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Welders are employed in various areas of business and industry that require working with different types of metal for either manufacturing, repair, or cutting. Nationally, nine out of ten welders and cutters are employed in manufacturing, services, construction, or wholesale trade.

Typical places of employment include sheet metal fabrication companies, energy service companies, steel manufacturing companies, refineries, fence and iron companies, transportation, heating and plumbing companies, various unions, federal, state and municipal government, and self-employment. Potential positions include welder, cutter, welding machine tender, welding machine operator, foreman, and leadman.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • WLD 101Welding Safety I2 credits

    Introduction to the general welding industry, shop safety and orientation to the metal shop environment. Also electrical and compressed gas cylinder safety, and safe applications with grinders, band saws, and ironworkers.

  • WLD 104Career Opportunities For Welders2 credits

    Survey course introduces students to careers in the welding & fabricating industry. Lecture topics will include code and non-code welding, fabricating, structural steel welding, aluminum welding, pipe welding & fitting, artistic, creative, and architectural welding, and local opportunities in the shop, refinery, and marine based industries. Guest speakers and tours of local industry will enhance the course to give students a broad-based view of the industry.

  • WLD 105Thermal Cutting Processes4 credits

    This course will introduce the student to the basics of plasma arc cutting, and oxy-fuel cutting processes; cutting safety; theory of gases; and hands-on lab practice cutting exercises. Compressed bottle handling and equipment safety and orientation will be stressed.

  • WLD 110SMAW I5 credits

    Students will learn applications of power sources, electrode identification, and basic steel metallurgy, while practicing lab techniques in E6010 and E7018 SMAW Electrodes in the weld booth.

  • WLD 120GMAW I5 credits

    Introduction to the Gas Metal Arc Welding, welding process for mild steel. Power sources, techniques, shielding gases, metallurgy, and electrode identification will be covered. The student will learn the application of this process through lab practice in the weld booth.


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    11/3-12/12MW10:00a-11:30aWILLIAMS MOpenings: 1
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  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator. Text required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pADAMS JOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 28
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pADAMS JOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online ADAMS JOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • WLD 102Welding Safety II2 credits

    In depth welding & fabricating industry safety topics, including: general fabrication shop hazards; outside construction hazards; confined spaces, firewatch, fall protection hazard training and respirator/fresh air breathing apparatus training.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26M 8:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26M 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
  • WLD 103Hand & Power Tools4 credits

    This course introduces students to the safe and proper use of hand and power tools used in the aluminum welding and fabrication trade. The uses, set-up, trouble shooting, maintenance, and proper care will be covered.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26T 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    1/7-3/26T 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • WLD 106Print Reading I4 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TW 8:00a-9:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    1/7-3/26TW 8:00a-9:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • WLD 130FCAW I4 credits

    Course covers the flux core arc welding process, including dual shield and self-shielding processes. Classroom discussion includes process safety and applications, power sources, shielding gases, FCAW electrodes and metallurgy. Lab practice on mild steel in the weld booth.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/17W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    1/7-2/17W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • WLD 140Supervision and Management I4 credits

    An introduction to supervision. This course focuses on basic skills in communication, time management, planning, delegation, improving productivity, and the legal aspects of supervision. Practice sessions in communication, interviewing, merit reviews, and termination. Text required.


    Future Offerings
    2/18-3/26W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    2/18-3/26W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pBURNS JOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW 3:00p-4:25pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW 1:00p-2:25pBURNS JOpenings: 26
    1/13-3/24T 6:00p-8:30pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • WLD 107Welding Leadership I1 credits

    Team and organizational skills are highlighted in a creative activity. Students may practice these skills by participating in the planning, organization, and execution of a multifaceted public performance event, such as the BTC Welding Rodeo, a two-day welding skills competition, or other Team-Based activity involving supervision and leadership, as determined by the Welding Faculty.


    Future Offerings
    4/13-6/22M 8:00a-10:00aHANCOCK MOpenings: 24
    4/13-6/22M 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
  • WLD 121GMAW Aluminum I5 credits

    This introduction to the gas metal arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.


    Future Offerings
    5/12-6/23W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    5/12-6/23W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • WLD 141GTAW Aluminum I4 credits

    This introduction to gas tungsten arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/11W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    4/7-5/11W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • WLD 150 Steel Fabricating I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply basic layout and fabricating techniques, applying simple print reading concepts, and cutting and welding techniques, to produce simple fabricated small projects. GMAW, and FCAW welding processes may be used, as well as Plasma and Oxy/Fuel Thermal Cutting processes, and introduction to bevellers. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project. PREREQUISITES: WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Future Offerings
    5/12-6/23T 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    5/12-6/23T 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     T10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • WLD 151Aluminum Fabrication I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply weld joint theory, prep, and fabrication of aluminum, and application of print reading basics. Storage and handling techniques, metal preparation for fitting and welding, fixture and jigging tools and contamination and distortion control will be demonstrated and practiced. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project. PREREQUISITES: WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/5T 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    4/7-5/5T 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     T10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • WLD 205Print Reading II - Pipe3 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade, with emphasis on structural steel. Students will study and interpret industry drawings and prints, plan drawings, symbols, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics, sketching and drawing techniques. PREREQUISITES: All WLD 100 level courses

  • WLD 210SMAW II2 credits

    Shield metal arc welding on steel; open-root groove welding on plate.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 110
  • WLD 215SMAW Pipe7 credits

    Shield metal arc welding of open-root steel pipe in all positions in preparation for industrial applications and the AWS/WABO Pipe Welding Certification Test (AWS/WABO testing is offered in-house). This pipe welding practices follows AWS Welding Standard D1.1 Structural Welding Code and ASME IX and B31.3 SMAW Pipe Welding Certification Standards for pressure piping applications required by local refineries and affiliated industrial applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES
  • WLD 256Pipe Fabrication I7 credits

    Advanced Fabrication techniques for Pipe, including basic trade math, measuring tools and techniques, pipe welding layout and fit-up techniques for large-bore and small-bore steel pipe; pipe materials and fittings; pipe fitting safety, tools and techniques; and preparation of beveled pipe joints for welding. Welding is to WABO structural, AWS and ASME Pressure pipe welding standards, and Fabrication to accepted Industry Standards. This course will be based extensively on The Pipe Fitter’s Blue Book by Graves and BTC’s Pipe Welding and Pipe Fitting, Volumes I & II from NCCER Pipefitting Levels 1-4. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 150
  • Quarter 5
  • WLD 208Metallurgy3 credits

    Examines theory and application of metallurgical principles as they are applied to design, formation, selection, heat treating and distortion, heat effects on crystalline structure, and welding of non-ferrous and ferrous metals and their alloys, and includes a comprehensive study of welding filler metals and ANSI/AAS designations. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES


    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/25TTh10:00a-11:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    1/13-3/25TTh 7:00a-9:00aJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 257Pipe Fabrication II4 credits

    Advanced Fabrication techniques for Pipe per Piping Industry accepted codes and standards. Will include trade math in laying-out angles and offsets; pipefitting calculations; special pipefitting problems, including branch connections, headers; and fabrication piping systems involving reducers, and fabrication of offsets. Also pipe support systems and rigging for piping installations in the Fabrication Module. This course will be based extensively on "The Pipe Fitter’s Blue Book" by Graves and "BTC’s Pipe Welding and Pipe Fitting, Volumes I & II" from NCCER Pipefitting Levels 1-4.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 256

    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/25WThF10:00a-11:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
     TWThF11:30a-2:00pANDERSON D
  • WLD 262 GTAW Pipe Welding6 credits

    GTAW open root welding on carbon steel will be discussed. Pipe fitting techniques; for GTAW remote amperage adjustment and scratch-arc techniques. Welding in the booth and in the fabrication shop or Fabrication Module will be demonstrated and practiced. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES and WLD 215

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 215

    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/25TWThF 7:00a-10:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
  • Electives6 credits

  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    11/5-12/10W 3:00p-5:00pPISCOPO NOpenings: 14
    1/13-2/10T 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/14-2/11W 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/7-2/11W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/13-5/18M 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/8-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 6
  • WLD 207Welding Leadership II1 credits

    Team and organizational skills are highlighted in a creative activity. Students may practice these skills by participating in the planning, organization, and execution of a multifaceted public performance event, such as the BTC Welding Rodeo, a two-day welding skills competition, or other Team-Based activity involving supervision and leadership, as determined by the Welding Faculty. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES


    Future Offerings
    5/12-5/20ARR 7:00a-6:00pANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    5/12-5/20ARR 7:00a-6:00pJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 209Codes & Standards2 credits

    Discussion of commonly used destructive and non-destructive weld testing processes and techniques, visual weld inspection parameters and techniques, and industry accepted codes and welding standards, publications, and standardizing organizations; including AWS, ASME, ANSI, API, AA and WABO.

    Prerequisite:
    ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/8TTh10:00a-11:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 7:00a-9:00aJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 271Welder Testing6 credits

    This course requires successful completion of at least one AWS/WABO Certification Test (SMAW or FCAW) on 1" plate or 8" Schedule 80 Pipe. Proof of industry certification may substitute for this requirement by Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 101 level courses.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23TWThF 7:00a-2:00pANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TWThF 7:00a-2:00pJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 295Capstone Project3 credits

    A culminating project consisting of a portfolio, resume and job search element, and a culminating fabrication project under the direction of staff. PREREQUISITE: All WLD Courses 270 & under

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD courses 270 & under

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23WF10:00a-11:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
     TWThF11:30a-3:00pANDERSON D
    5/26-6/23TWThF 7:00a-2:00pJONES ROpenings: 24
  • Electives6 credits

  • Electives
  • AAS students please see program advisor for quarter electives.

  • CODR 125Forklift Driver Certification1 credits

    This course provides the student with forklift driving safety knowledge and skills to comply with OSHA/WISHA, and meets WAC 296.863.60005 requirements. Instruction emphasizes prevention of workplace related hazards, accidents, and injuries. Students will be awarded the Ives Mobile Equipment Operator's Certification. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have previous forklift driving experience. Employers must also test an employee's ability and provide additional training on any different conditions specific to a particular job site.


    Future Offerings
    11/8Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 1
    12/6Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 1
    1/24Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 5
    3/14Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 5
  • ENVS 151Basic CSTOP Course0.8 credits

    Developed by Construction Safety Professionals to provide superior Safety Training, CSTOP is an industrial and heavy construction safety training and orientation program designed to provide contractor employees with a better than basic understanding of hazards and safety procedures associated with work in highly hazardous work areas.


    Future Offerings
    11/22Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 23
    1/31Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 30
    3/14Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 30
  • HLTH 155First Aid Fundamentals1 credits

    This eight-hour first aid course is in compliance with WAC 296-24 of the State of Washington and meets OSHA/WISHA requirements for first aid training. This course teaches the fundamentals of first aid in order to gain access to the EMS system, render emergency care in a low-risk occupational environment, and teaches adult CPR and obstructed airway techniques. Both CPR and first aid cards are good for two years. Attendance at all sessions and demonstration of competency is required for certification.


    Future Offerings
    11/3-11/5MW 5:30p-9:30pJORGENSEN KWaitlisted: 2
    11/19W 6:00p-9:00pENGELS JOpenings: 4
    1/20-1/22TTh 5:00p-9:00pLIEBERHERR JOpenings: 14
    1/31Sa 8:00a-5:00pREAD AMOpenings: 14
    2/11W 6:00p-9:00pENGELS JOpenings: 10
    3/6F 1:00p-4:00pKING JOpenings: 10
  • WLD 211SMAW III9 credits

    Shield Metal Arc Welding on steel, open-root groove welding on plate. Advanced SMAW Welding, including overhead welding and Advanced welding positions on various shapes to simulate industry needs. Offered in Summer only.

  • WLD 216SMAW Practices TP2 credits

    SMAW process in E6010 Electrodes in the 1F, 2F, and 3F positions. Focus is skill development for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 217Advanced SMAW Practices6 credits

    Lab exploring avenues for overcoming the difficulties of advanced SMA welding, confined space applications, and out of position welding. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 216 or Instructor permission
  • WLD 218SMAW Practices II TP2 credits

    SMAW process using E7018 Electrodes in the 2F, 3F, and 4F positions. Focus is skill development for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 219GTAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    This course focuses on GTAW with fillet and groove welds in all positions on aluminum plate on the 1F, 2F, & 3F positions, for the beginning or advanced welder.

  • WLD 220SMAW Practice III4 credits

    SMAW process on pipe or plate in various positions with various electrodes for the advanced welder. Practice mainly for 6G Pipe Test or Plate Test.

  • WLD 223GMAW Practices TP2 credits

    GMAW process in 2F, and 3F up positions on 1/4" steel plate for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 224Advanced GMAW Practices2 credits

    GMAW welding practice on steel in all positions. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 120 or WLD 223
  • WLD 225GMAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    GMAW aluminum welding practices in the 2F and 3F positions on various thickness of aluminum for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 226Advanced Aluminum Welding Practices6 credits

    Guided & self-guided Instructor-approved practices in GMAW or GTAW on aluminum. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 222 or WLD 242 or Instructor permission
  • WLD 231FCAW Practices TP2 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 120 or WLD 223
  • WLD 232FCAW Practices II4 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 Level Courses
  • WLD 233FCAW Practices III6 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

  • WLD 243GTAW Steel Practices TP2 credits

    GTAW process in 2F and 3F positions on sheet metal for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 244Alloy Pipe Welding9 credits

    SMAW & GTAW welding applications for alloy pipe, including primarily medium carbon, chrome-moly, and stainless steel. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 215
  • WLD 245Advance GTAW Practices6 credits

    Lab focuses on proper joint preparation, fit-up and welding of alloy plate, including stainless steel GTAW welding, open root butt welds and various alloys and carbon steel. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 243
  • WLD 246GTAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    GTAW aluminum welding practice in 2F and 3F positions on 1/8" aluminum plate. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 247Advance GTAW Aluminum Practices3 credits

    Advanced GTA welding of aluminum alloys in all positions and confined spaces. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 246
  • WLD 258Special Fabrication Projects6 credits

    Guided and self-guided steel or aluminum fabrication projects by instructor permission. Offered in Summer only.

    Prerequisite:
    ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES
  • WLD 259Alloy Fabrication Projects9 credits

    Guided alloy and steel fabrication projects for the advanced welder. Primarily stainless steel and other common steel alloys. SMAW & GTAW welding applications for alloy pipe or plate, including primarily medium carbon, chrome-moly, and stainless steel. Offered in Summer only. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 254 or WLD 258
  • WLD 273Testing II6 credits

    Elective: Guided Lab practice in preparation for WABO/ASME/ABS/in-house testing. Welder qualification and certification testing. Processes may include FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, or GMAW in all positions, including fit-up, and NDE principles. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES and Instructor permission

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 230, WLD 210, WLD 262, WLD 271 or equivalent; Instructor permission
  • WLD 274TESTING III9 credits

    Elective: Guided Lab practice in preparation for WABO/ASME/ABS/In-house testing. Welder qualification and certification testing. Processes may include FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, or GMAW in all positions, including fit-up, and NDE principles. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 281Welding Upgrade 20hr1 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 20-hour upgrade in one credit. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 282Welding Upgrade 50hr2 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A50-hour upgrade in one credit. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 283Welding Upgrade 70hr3 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 70-hour upgrade in one credit. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 293Welding Internship I3 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 298Welding Internship II6 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 299Welding Internship III6 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS126 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS General Education class options

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall Quarter.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • NOTE: It is highly recommended that students take these courses prior to program entry:
  • CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communications.
  • AENGL 100 Applied English
  • AMATH 100 Applied Occupational Math

Program Outcomes

  • Exhibit & maintain essential employability behaviors.
  • Observe and practice industry safety guidelines.
  • Analyze and interpret prints, drawings, and symbols for welding and fabrication of parts and structures.
  • Achieve competency in a variety of major manual and semi-automatic welding processes in all positions.
  • Demonstrate proper set-up and use of welding and fabricating equipment.
  • Troubleshoot and solve basic welding, fabricating and equipment problems.
  • Pass at least one WABO certification or industry-accepted certification welding test (ASME, AWS, ABS, etc.).
  • Exhibit knowledge of occupational environments, metallurgy, materials, tools, fabrication, layout, and mechanical and thermal cutting processes and techniques.
  • Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication with customers, co-workers, and supervisors.
  • Analyze and interpret prints and drawings for welding and fabricating.
  • Employ efficient organizational skills.
  • Stay current with new and emerging technologies.

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Don Anderson

 

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


B.F.A., Painting/Printmaking, University of Kansas.

A.A., Painting, Johnson County Community College.

A.A.S.T., Professional Technical Education, Bellingham Technical College.

Certificate, WABO - Certified Pipe Welder, Certified Weld Examiner

Certificate, ASME/ANSI Certified Journeyman Alloy Pipewelder

Certificate, AWS- Certified Welder Inspector (CWI), Certified Welding Educator (CWE)

Certificate, Navy Certified Journeyman Alloy Pipewelder

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8346
danderson@btc.ctc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

Background


Profile

Don has taught at BTC for 15 years, and is a 34-year veteran of the steel and piping industries in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His Industry...

    • Don has taught at BTC for 15 years, and is a 34-year veteran of the steel and piping industries in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His Industry experience includes work for several companies in Refineries, Shipbuilding and Repair, Seafood Plant Maintenance, and the Natural Gas Pipeline Installation & Maintenance Industries in union and non-union capacities. He has held multiple plate and pipe welding certifications in steel and high alloys, specializing in SMAW, GTAW and FCAW welding processes on structural steel and certified pressure piping.

      Don has been a welding supervisor and company co-owner and is currently a WABO Certified Pipe Welder in SMAW and GTAW, and is an AWS CWI and CWE, and a WABO Certified Welder Examiner. Don holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Kansas, an AA in Painting from Johnson County Community College, Kansas, and was the first recipient of the AAS-T in Professional Technical Education at Bellingham Technical College. In addition, Don is a professional artist and welded stainless steel and mixed-alloy metal sculptor, with work widely exhibited and collected in the Pacific Northwest and in National exhibitions.

Specialties
Don’s specialty is welding and teaching welding of steel and alloy piping for industrial pressure piping applications, specifically for the oil refinery and pipeline industries, and marine applications

    • Don’s specialty is welding and teaching welding of steel and alloy piping for industrial pressure piping applications, specifically for the oil refinery and pipeline industries, and marine applications


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Russell Jones

 

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


U.S. Navy HT-Hull Maintenance Technician

Ironworkers Local #509

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Educator (CWE)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Radiographic Interpreter (CRI)

WABO-Structural steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WABO-Certified Welder

WABO-Weld Examiner

ICC-Structural Steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8301
rjones@btc.ctc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

Background


Profile
Test...


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Coly Rush

 

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8557
CRush@btc.ctc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 


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Matthew Bryant

 

Area of Instruction


Health Grants (HEET, HECO)

 

Contact Info


752-8695
mbryant@btc.ctc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 204

 


Evening Welding

Prepare for your welding career through this program. Then put your high-demand skills to work in the metal and construction trades as a welder, cutter, or welding machine operator. Students choose to specialize in one of three areas: aluminum, structural fabrication, or pipe welding. In our state-of-the-art welding and fabrication facility, you’ll learn valuable skills that high-wage employers are looking for. From safety practices and blueprint reading, to technical skills like metallurgy, MIG, and TIG welding, BTC’s hands-on training will prepare you for a career in boat manufacturing, steel manufacturing, refining, and transportation, or with federal, state, or local governments.

Program Facts

75% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $44,517

Wage potential $54,725 annually

Employment and wage data sources

Student Chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS)

Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities for welders are expected to increase. Employment opportunities for welders, cutters, and welding machine operators differ by occupational specialty.

About 75% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $44,517, with an earning potential of about $54,725 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Welders are employed in various areas of business and industry that require working with different types of metal for either manufacturing, repair, or cutting. Nationally, nine out of ten welders and cutters are employed in manufacturing, services, construction, or wholesale trade.

Typical places of employment include sheet metal fabrication companies, energy service companies, steel manufacturing companies, refineries, fence and iron companies, transportation, heating and plumbing companies, various unions, federal, state and municipal government, and self-employment. Potential positions include welder, cutter, welding machine tender, welding machine operator, foreman, and leadman.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • WLD 101Welding Safety I2 credits

    Introduction to the general welding industry, shop safety and orientation to the metal shop environment. Also electrical and compressed gas cylinder safety, and safe applications with grinders, band saws, and ironworkers.

  • WLD 104Career Opportunities For Welders2 credits

    Survey course introduces students to careers in the welding & fabricating industry. Lecture topics will include code and non-code welding, fabricating, structural steel welding, aluminum welding, pipe welding & fitting, artistic, creative, and architectural welding, and local opportunities in the shop, refinery, and marine based industries. Guest speakers and tours of local industry will enhance the course to give students a broad-based view of the industry.

  • WLD 105Thermal Cutting Processes4 credits

    This course will introduce the student to the basics of plasma arc cutting, and oxy-fuel cutting processes; cutting safety; theory of gases; and hands-on lab practice cutting exercises. Compressed bottle handling and equipment safety and orientation will be stressed.

  • WLD 110SMAW I5 credits

    Students will learn applications of power sources, electrode identification, and basic steel metallurgy, while practicing lab techniques in E6010 and E7018 SMAW Electrodes in the weld booth.

  • WLD 120GMAW I5 credits

    Introduction to the Gas Metal Arc Welding, welding process for mild steel. Power sources, techniques, shielding gases, metallurgy, and electrode identification will be covered. The student will learn the application of this process through lab practice in the weld booth.


    Future Offerings
    11/3-12/12MW10:00a-11:30aWILLIAMS MOpenings: 1
     MW12:00p-4:00pWILLIAMS M
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pWILLIAMS M
     WTh 8:00a-9:55aWILLIAMS M
    11/3-12/11MW10:00a-11:30aRUSH COpenings: 2
     MW12:00p-4:00pRUSH C
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pRUSH C
     WTh 8:00a-9:55aRUSH C
     WThMACDONALD E
  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator. Text required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pADAMS JOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 28
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pADAMS JOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online ADAMS JOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • WLD 102Welding Safety II2 credits

    In depth welding & fabricating industry safety topics, including: general fabrication shop hazards; outside construction hazards; confined spaces, firewatch, fall protection hazard training and respirator/fresh air breathing apparatus training.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26M 8:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26M 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
  • WLD 103Hand & Power Tools4 credits

    This course introduces students to the safe and proper use of hand and power tools used in the aluminum welding and fabrication trade. The uses, set-up, trouble shooting, maintenance, and proper care will be covered.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26T 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    1/7-3/26T 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • WLD 106Print Reading I4 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TW 8:00a-9:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    1/7-3/26TW 8:00a-9:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • WLD 130FCAW I4 credits

    Course covers the flux core arc welding process, including dual shield and self-shielding processes. Classroom discussion includes process safety and applications, power sources, shielding gases, FCAW electrodes and metallurgy. Lab practice on mild steel in the weld booth.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/17W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    1/7-2/17W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • WLD 140Supervision and Management I4 credits

    An introduction to supervision. This course focuses on basic skills in communication, time management, planning, delegation, improving productivity, and the legal aspects of supervision. Practice sessions in communication, interviewing, merit reviews, and termination. Text required.


    Future Offerings
    2/18-3/26W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    2/18-3/26W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pBURNS JOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW 3:00p-4:25pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW 1:00p-2:25pBURNS JOpenings: 26
    1/13-3/24T 6:00p-8:30pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • WLD 107Welding Leadership I1 credits

    Team and organizational skills are highlighted in a creative activity. Students may practice these skills by participating in the planning, organization, and execution of a multifaceted public performance event, such as the BTC Welding Rodeo, a two-day welding skills competition, or other Team-Based activity involving supervision and leadership, as determined by the Welding Faculty.


    Future Offerings
    4/13-6/22M 8:00a-10:00aHANCOCK MOpenings: 24
    4/13-6/22M 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
  • WLD 121GMAW Aluminum I5 credits

    This introduction to the gas metal arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.


    Future Offerings
    5/12-6/23W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    5/12-6/23W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • WLD 141GTAW Aluminum I4 credits

    This introduction to gas tungsten arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/11W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    4/7-5/11W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • WLD 150 Steel Fabricating I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply basic layout and fabricating techniques, applying simple print reading concepts, and cutting and welding techniques, to produce simple fabricated small projects. GMAW, and FCAW welding processes may be used, as well as Plasma and Oxy/Fuel Thermal Cutting processes, and introduction to bevellers. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project. PREREQUISITES: WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Future Offerings
    5/12-6/23T 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    5/12-6/23T 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     T10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • WLD 151Aluminum Fabrication I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply weld joint theory, prep, and fabrication of aluminum, and application of print reading basics. Storage and handling techniques, metal preparation for fitting and welding, fixture and jigging tools and contamination and distortion control will be demonstrated and practiced. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project. PREREQUISITES: WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/5T 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    4/7-5/5T 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     T10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • WLD 206Print Reading II3 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 106
  • WLD 230FCAW II5 credits

    Advanced FCA welding techniques in all positions; in the weld booth and in work simulated difficult positions such as the welding module. Lab practice will include preparation for WABO certification testing. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 130
  • WLD 242GTAW & GMAW Alloys II5 credits

    This course focuses on GTAW with fillet and groove welds in all positions on aluminum.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses
  • WLD 254Steel Fabrication II6 credits

    This course covers advanced fabricating techniques for the jobsite, including material handling practice and safety, crane & hoist operation & safety, confined spaces and fresh air training, In position welding utilizing proper SMAW, GTAW, and FCAW technique in all positions, and cutting and air carbon arc gouging techniques in the Modular Training Facility. Also includes fall protection & scaffold safety, and use of large shop equipment (brake, shear, power rolls). PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 150
  • Quarter 5
  • WLD 208Metallurgy3 credits

    Examines theory and application of metallurgical principles as they are applied to design, formation, selection, heat treating and distortion, heat effects on crystalline structure, and welding of non-ferrous and ferrous metals and their alloys, and includes a comprehensive study of welding filler metals and ANSI/AAS designations. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES


    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/25TTh10:00a-11:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    1/13-3/25TTh 7:00a-9:00aJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 232FCAW Practices II4 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 Level Courses
  • WLD 265Aluminum Fabrication Projects6 credits

    Guided fabrication projects in aluminum. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

  • Electives6 credits

  • Quarter 6
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    11/5-12/10W 3:00p-5:00pPISCOPO NOpenings: 14
    1/13-2/10T 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/14-2/11W 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/7-2/11W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/13-5/18M 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/8-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • WLD 207Welding Leadership II1 credits

    Team and organizational skills are highlighted in a creative activity. Students may practice these skills by participating in the planning, organization, and execution of a multifaceted public performance event, such as the BTC Welding Rodeo, a two-day welding skills competition, or other Team-Based activity involving supervision and leadership, as determined by the Welding Faculty. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES


    Future Offerings
    5/12-5/20ARR 7:00a-6:00pANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    5/12-5/20ARR 7:00a-6:00pJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 209Codes & Standards2 credits

    Discussion of commonly used destructive and non-destructive weld testing processes and techniques, visual weld inspection parameters and techniques, and industry accepted codes and welding standards, publications, and standardizing organizations; including AWS, ASME, ANSI, API, AA and WABO.

    Prerequisite:
    ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/8TTh10:00a-11:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 7:00a-9:00aJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 271Welder Testing6 credits

    This course requires successful completion of at least one AWS/WABO Certification Test (SMAW or FCAW) on 1" plate or 8" Schedule 80 Pipe. Proof of industry certification may substitute for this requirement by Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 101 level courses.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23TWThF 7:00a-2:00pANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TWThF 7:00a-2:00pJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 295Capstone Project3 credits

    A culminating project consisting of a portfolio, resume and job search element, and a culminating fabrication project under the direction of staff. PREREQUISITE: All WLD Courses 270 & under

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD courses 270 & under

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23WF10:00a-11:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
     TWThF11:30a-3:00pANDERSON D
    5/26-6/23TWThF 7:00a-2:00pJONES ROpenings: 24
  • Electives6 credits

  • Pre-Program
  • NOTE: It is highly recommended that students take these three courses prior to program entry.

  • Electives
  • AAS students please see program advisor for quarter electives.

  • WLD 211SMAW III9 credits

    Shield Metal Arc Welding on steel, open-root groove welding on plate. Advanced SMAW Welding, including overhead welding and Advanced welding positions on various shapes to simulate industry needs. Offered in Summer only.

  • WLD 216SMAW Practices TP2 credits

    SMAW process in E6010 Electrodes in the 1F, 2F, and 3F positions. Focus is skill development for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 217Advanced SMAW Practices6 credits

    Lab exploring avenues for overcoming the difficulties of advanced SMA welding, confined space applications, and out of position welding. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 216 or Instructor permission
  • WLD 218SMAW Practices II TP2 credits

    SMAW process using E7018 Electrodes in the 2F, 3F, and 4F positions. Focus is skill development for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 219GTAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    This course focuses on GTAW with fillet and groove welds in all positions on aluminum plate on the 1F, 2F, & 3F positions, for the beginning or advanced welder.

  • WLD 220SMAW Practice III4 credits

    SMAW process on pipe or plate in various positions with various electrodes for the advanced welder. Practice mainly for 6G Pipe Test or Plate Test.

  • WLD 223GMAW Practices TP2 credits

    GMAW process in 2F, and 3F up positions on 1/4" steel plate for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 224Advanced GMAW Practices2 credits

    GMAW welding practice on steel in all positions. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 120 or WLD 223
  • WLD 225GMAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    GMAW aluminum welding practices in the 2F and 3F positions on various thickness of aluminum for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 226Advanced Aluminum Welding Practices6 credits

    Guided & self-guided Instructor-approved practices in GMAW or GTAW on aluminum. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 222 or WLD 242 or Instructor permission
  • WLD 231FCAW Practices TP2 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 120 or WLD 223
  • WLD 232FCAW Practices II4 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 Level Courses
  • WLD 233FCAW Practices III6 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

  • WLD 243GTAW Steel Practices TP2 credits

    GTAW process in 2F and 3F positions on sheet metal for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 244Alloy Pipe Welding9 credits

    SMAW & GTAW welding applications for alloy pipe, including primarily medium carbon, chrome-moly, and stainless steel. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 215
  • WLD 245Advance GTAW Practices6 credits

    Lab focuses on proper joint preparation, fit-up and welding of alloy plate, including stainless steel GTAW welding, open root butt welds and various alloys and carbon steel. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 243
  • WLD 246GTAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    GTAW aluminum welding practice in 2F and 3F positions on 1/8" aluminum plate. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 247Advance GTAW Aluminum Practices3 credits

    Advanced GTA welding of aluminum alloys in all positions and confined spaces. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 246
  • WLD 258Special Fabrication Projects6 credits

    Guided and self-guided steel or aluminum fabrication projects by instructor permission. Offered in Summer only.

    Prerequisite:
    ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES
  • WLD 259Alloy Fabrication Projects9 credits

    Guided alloy and steel fabrication projects for the advanced welder. Primarily stainless steel and other common steel alloys. SMAW & GTAW welding applications for alloy pipe or plate, including primarily medium carbon, chrome-moly, and stainless steel. Offered in Summer only. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 254 or WLD 258
  • WLD 273Testing II6 credits

    Elective: Guided Lab practice in preparation for WABO/ASME/ABS/in-house testing. Welder qualification and certification testing. Processes may include FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, or GMAW in all positions, including fit-up, and NDE principles. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES and Instructor permission

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 230, WLD 210, WLD 262, WLD 271 or equivalent; Instructor permission
  • WLD 274TESTING III9 credits

    Elective: Guided Lab practice in preparation for WABO/ASME/ABS/In-house testing. Welder qualification and certification testing. Processes may include FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, or GMAW in all positions, including fit-up, and NDE principles. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 281Welding Upgrade 20hr1 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 20-hour upgrade in one credit. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 282Welding Upgrade 50hr2 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A50-hour upgrade in one credit. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 283Welding Upgrade 70hr3 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 70-hour upgrade in one credit. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 293Welding Internship I3 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 298Welding Internship II6 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 299Welding Internship III6 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • CODR 125Forklift Driver Certification1 credits

    This course provides the student with forklift driving safety knowledge and skills to comply with OSHA/WISHA, and meets WAC 296.863.60005 requirements. Instruction emphasizes prevention of workplace related hazards, accidents, and injuries. Students will be awarded the Ives Mobile Equipment Operator's Certification. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have previous forklift driving experience. Employers must also test an employee's ability and provide additional training on any different conditions specific to a particular job site.


    Future Offerings
    11/8Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 1
    12/6Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 1
    1/24Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 5
    3/14Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 5
  • ENVS 151Basic CSTOP Course0.8 credits

    Developed by Construction Safety Professionals to provide superior Safety Training, CSTOP is an industrial and heavy construction safety training and orientation program designed to provide contractor employees with a better than basic understanding of hazards and safety procedures associated with work in highly hazardous work areas.


    Future Offerings
    11/22Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 23
    1/31Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 30
    3/14Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 30
  • HLTH 155First Aid Fundamentals1 credits

    This eight-hour first aid course is in compliance with WAC 296-24 of the State of Washington and meets OSHA/WISHA requirements for first aid training. This course teaches the fundamentals of first aid in order to gain access to the EMS system, render emergency care in a low-risk occupational environment, and teaches adult CPR and obstructed airway techniques. Both CPR and first aid cards are good for two years. Attendance at all sessions and demonstration of competency is required for certification.


    Future Offerings
    11/3-11/5MW 5:30p-9:30pJORGENSEN KWaitlisted: 2
    11/19W 6:00p-9:00pENGELS JOpenings: 4
    1/20-1/22TTh 5:00p-9:00pLIEBERHERR JOpenings: 14
    1/31Sa 8:00a-5:00pREAD AMOpenings: 14
    2/11W 6:00p-9:00pENGELS JOpenings: 10
    3/6F 1:00p-4:00pKING JOpenings: 10
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS126 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS General Education class options

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall Quarter.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • NOTE: It is highly recommended that students take these courses prior to program entry:
  • CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communications.
  • AENGL 100 Applied English
  • AMATH 100 Applied Occupational Math

Program Outcomes

  • Exhibit & maintain essential employability behaviors.
  • Observe and practice industry safety guidelines.
  • Analyze and interpret prints, drawings, and symbols for welding and fabrication of parts and structures.
  • Achieve competency in a variety of major manual and semi-automatic welding processes in all positions.
  • Demonstrate proper set-up and use of welding and fabricating equipment.
  • Troubleshoot and solve basic welding, fabricating and equipment problems.
  • Pass at least one WABO certification or industry-accepted certification welding test (ASME, AWS, ABS, etc.).
  • Exhibit knowledge of occupational environments, metallurgy, materials, tools, fabrication, layout, and mechanical and thermal cutting processes and techniques
  • Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication with customers, co-workers, and supervisors.
  • Analyze and interpret prints and drawings for welding and fabricating.
  • Employ efficient organizational skills.
  • Stay current with new and emerging technologies.

Russell Jones - Instructor image

Russell Jones

 

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


U.S. Navy HT-Hull Maintenance Technician

Ironworkers Local #509

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Educator (CWE)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Radiographic Interpreter (CRI)

WABO-Structural steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WABO-Certified Welder

WABO-Weld Examiner

ICC-Structural Steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8301
rjones@btc.ctc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

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Don Anderson

 

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


B.F.A., Painting/Printmaking, University of Kansas.

A.A., Painting, Johnson County Community College.

A.A.S.T., Professional Technical Education, Bellingham Technical College.

Certificate, WABO - Certified Pipe Welder, Certified Weld Examiner

Certificate, ASME/ANSI Certified Journeyman Alloy Pipewelder

Certificate, AWS- Certified Welder Inspector (CWI), Certified Welding Educator (CWE)

Certificate, Navy Certified Journeyman Alloy Pipewelder

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8346
danderson@btc.ctc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

Background


Profile

Don has taught at BTC for 15 years, and is a 34-year veteran of the steel and piping industries in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His Industry...

    • Don has taught at BTC for 15 years, and is a 34-year veteran of the steel and piping industries in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His Industry experience includes work for several companies in Refineries, Shipbuilding and Repair, Seafood Plant Maintenance, and the Natural Gas Pipeline Installation & Maintenance Industries in union and non-union capacities. He has held multiple plate and pipe welding certifications in steel and high alloys, specializing in SMAW, GTAW and FCAW welding processes on structural steel and certified pressure piping.

      Don has been a welding supervisor and company co-owner and is currently a WABO Certified Pipe Welder in SMAW and GTAW, and is an AWS CWI and CWE, and a WABO Certified Welder Examiner. Don holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Kansas, an AA in Painting from Johnson County Community College, Kansas, and was the first recipient of the AAS-T in Professional Technical Education at Bellingham Technical College. In addition, Don is a professional artist and welded stainless steel and mixed-alloy metal sculptor, with work widely exhibited and collected in the Pacific Northwest and in National exhibitions.

Specialties
Don’s specialty is welding and teaching welding of steel and alloy piping for industrial pressure piping applications, specifically for the oil refinery and pipeline industries, and marine applications

    • Don’s specialty is welding and teaching welding of steel and alloy piping for industrial pressure piping applications, specifically for the oil refinery and pipeline industries, and marine applications


Industrial Welding Certificate

Prepare for your welding career through this program. Then put your high-demand skills to work in the metal and construction trades as a welder, cutter, or welding machine operator. Students choose to specialize in one of three areas: aluminum, structural fabrication, or pipe welding. In our state-of-the-art welding and fabrication facility, you’ll learn valuable skills that high-wage employers are looking for. From safety practices and blueprint reading, to technical skills like metallurgy, MIG, and TIG welding, BTC’s hands-on training will prepare you for a career in boat manufacturing, steel manufacturing, refining, and transportation, or with federal, state, or local governments.

Program Facts

75% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $44,517

Wage potential $54,725 annually

Employment and wage data sources

Student Chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS)

Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities for welders are expected to increase. Employment opportunities for welders, cutters, and welding machine operators differ by occupational specialty.

About 75% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $44,517, with an earning potential of about $54,725 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Welders are employed in various areas of business and industry that require working with different types of metal for either manufacturing, repair, or cutting. Nationally, nine out of ten welders and cutters are employed in manufacturing, services, construction, or wholesale trade.

Typical places of employment include sheet metal fabrication companies, energy service companies, steel manufacturing companies, refineries, fence and iron companies, transportation, heating and plumbing companies, various unions, federal, state and municipal government, and self-employment. Potential positions include welder, cutter, welding machine tender, welding machine operator, foreman, and leadman.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • WLD 101Welding Safety I2 credits

    Introduction to the general welding industry, shop safety and orientation to the metal shop environment. Also electrical and compressed gas cylinder safety, and safe applications with grinders, band saws, and ironworkers.

  • WLD 104Career Opportunities For Welders2 credits

    Survey course introduces students to careers in the welding & fabricating industry. Lecture topics will include code and non-code welding, fabricating, structural steel welding, aluminum welding, pipe welding & fitting, artistic, creative, and architectural welding, and local opportunities in the shop, refinery, and marine based industries. Guest speakers and tours of local industry will enhance the course to give students a broad-based view of the industry.

  • WLD 105Thermal Cutting Processes4 credits

    This course will introduce the student to the basics of plasma arc cutting, and oxy-fuel cutting processes; cutting safety; theory of gases; and hands-on lab practice cutting exercises. Compressed bottle handling and equipment safety and orientation will be stressed.

  • WLD 110SMAW I5 credits

    Students will learn applications of power sources, electrode identification, and basic steel metallurgy, while practicing lab techniques in E6010 and E7018 SMAW Electrodes in the weld booth.

  • WLD 120GMAW I5 credits

    Introduction to the Gas Metal Arc Welding, welding process for mild steel. Power sources, techniques, shielding gases, metallurgy, and electrode identification will be covered. The student will learn the application of this process through lab practice in the weld booth.


    Future Offerings
    11/3-12/12MW10:00a-11:30aWILLIAMS MOpenings: 1
     MW12:00p-4:00pWILLIAMS M
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pWILLIAMS M
     WTh 8:00a-9:55aWILLIAMS M
    11/3-12/11MW10:00a-11:30aRUSH COpenings: 2
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     TTh 2:15p-4:00pRUSH C
     WTh 8:00a-9:55aRUSH C
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  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator. Text required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pADAMS JOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 28
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pADAMS JOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online ADAMS JOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • WLD 102Welding Safety II2 credits

    In depth welding & fabricating industry safety topics, including: general fabrication shop hazards; outside construction hazards; confined spaces, firewatch, fall protection hazard training and respirator/fresh air breathing apparatus training.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26M 8:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26M 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
  • WLD 103Hand & Power Tools4 credits

    This course introduces students to the safe and proper use of hand and power tools used in the aluminum welding and fabrication trade. The uses, set-up, trouble shooting, maintenance, and proper care will be covered.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26T 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    1/7-3/26T 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • WLD 106Print Reading I4 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TW 8:00a-9:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    1/7-3/26TW 8:00a-9:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • WLD 130FCAW I4 credits

    Course covers the flux core arc welding process, including dual shield and self-shielding processes. Classroom discussion includes process safety and applications, power sources, shielding gases, FCAW electrodes and metallurgy. Lab practice on mild steel in the weld booth.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/17W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    1/7-2/17W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • WLD 140Supervision and Management I4 credits

    An introduction to supervision. This course focuses on basic skills in communication, time management, planning, delegation, improving productivity, and the legal aspects of supervision. Practice sessions in communication, interviewing, merit reviews, and termination. Text required.


    Future Offerings
    2/18-3/26W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    2/18-3/26W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pBURNS JOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW 3:00p-4:25pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW 1:00p-2:25pBURNS JOpenings: 26
    1/13-3/24T 6:00p-8:30pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • WLD 107Welding Leadership I1 credits

    Team and organizational skills are highlighted in a creative activity. Students may practice these skills by participating in the planning, organization, and execution of a multifaceted public performance event, such as the BTC Welding Rodeo, a two-day welding skills competition, or other Team-Based activity involving supervision and leadership, as determined by the Welding Faculty.


    Future Offerings
    4/13-6/22M 8:00a-10:00aHANCOCK MOpenings: 24
    4/13-6/22M 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
  • WLD 121GMAW Aluminum I5 credits

    This introduction to the gas metal arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.


    Future Offerings
    5/12-6/23W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    5/12-6/23W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • WLD 141GTAW Aluminum I4 credits

    This introduction to gas tungsten arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/11W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    4/7-5/11W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • WLD 150 Steel Fabricating I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply basic layout and fabricating techniques, applying simple print reading concepts, and cutting and welding techniques, to produce simple fabricated small projects. GMAW, and FCAW welding processes may be used, as well as Plasma and Oxy/Fuel Thermal Cutting processes, and introduction to bevellers. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project. PREREQUISITES: WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Future Offerings
    5/12-6/23T 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    5/12-6/23T 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     T10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • WLD 151Aluminum Fabrication I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply weld joint theory, prep, and fabrication of aluminum, and application of print reading basics. Storage and handling techniques, metal preparation for fitting and welding, fixture and jigging tools and contamination and distortion control will be demonstrated and practiced. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project. PREREQUISITES: WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/5T 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    4/7-5/5T 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     T10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • 2nd Yr: Pipe Welding & Fabricating

  • WLD 205Print Reading II - Pipe3 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade, with emphasis on structural steel. Students will study and interpret industry drawings and prints, plan drawings, symbols, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics, sketching and drawing techniques. PREREQUISITES: All WLD 100 level courses

  • WLD 210SMAW II2 credits

    Shield metal arc welding on steel; open-root groove welding on plate.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 110
  • WLD 215SMAW Pipe7 credits

    Shield metal arc welding of open-root steel pipe in all positions in preparation for industrial applications and the AWS/WABO Pipe Welding Certification Test (AWS/WABO testing is offered in-house). This pipe welding practices follows AWS Welding Standard D1.1 Structural Welding Code and ASME IX and B31.3 SMAW Pipe Welding Certification Standards for pressure piping applications required by local refineries and affiliated industrial applications.

    Prerequisite:
    ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES
  • WLD 256Pipe Fabrication I7 credits

    Advanced Fabrication techniques for Pipe, including basic trade math, measuring tools and techniques, pipe welding layout and fit-up techniques for large-bore and small-bore steel pipe; pipe materials and fittings; pipe fitting safety, tools and techniques; and preparation of beveled pipe joints for welding. Welding is to WABO structural, AWS and ASME Pressure pipe welding standards, and Fabrication to accepted Industry Standards. This course will be based extensively on The Pipe Fitter’s Blue Book by Graves and BTC’s Pipe Welding and Pipe Fitting, Volumes I & II from NCCER Pipefitting Levels 1-4. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 150
  • 2nd Yr: Welding & Fabricating

  • WLD 206Print Reading II3 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 106
  • WLD 230FCAW II5 credits

    Advanced FCA welding techniques in all positions; in the weld booth and in work simulated difficult positions such as the welding module. Lab practice will include preparation for WABO certification testing. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 130
  • WLD 242GTAW & GMAW Alloys II5 credits

    This course focuses on GTAW with fillet and groove welds in all positions on aluminum.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 level courses
  • WLD 254Steel Fabrication II6 credits

    This course covers advanced fabricating techniques for the jobsite, including material handling practice and safety, crane & hoist operation & safety, confined spaces and fresh air training, In position welding utilizing proper SMAW, GTAW, and FCAW technique in all positions, and cutting and air carbon arc gouging techniques in the Modular Training Facility. Also includes fall protection & scaffold safety, and use of large shop equipment (brake, shear, power rolls). PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 150
  • Quarter 5
  • 2nd Yr: Pipe Welding & Fabricating

  • WLD 208Metallurgy3 credits

    Examines theory and application of metallurgical principles as they are applied to design, formation, selection, heat treating and distortion, heat effects on crystalline structure, and welding of non-ferrous and ferrous metals and their alloys, and includes a comprehensive study of welding filler metals and ANSI/AAS designations. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES


    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/25TTh10:00a-11:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    1/13-3/25TTh 7:00a-9:00aJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 257Pipe Fabrication II4 credits

    Advanced Fabrication techniques for Pipe per Piping Industry accepted codes and standards. Will include trade math in laying-out angles and offsets; pipefitting calculations; special pipefitting problems, including branch connections, headers; and fabrication piping systems involving reducers, and fabrication of offsets. Also pipe support systems and rigging for piping installations in the Fabrication Module. This course will be based extensively on "The Pipe Fitter’s Blue Book" by Graves and "BTC’s Pipe Welding and Pipe Fitting, Volumes I & II" from NCCER Pipefitting Levels 1-4.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 256

    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/25WThF10:00a-11:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
     TWThF11:30a-2:00pANDERSON D
  • WLD 262 GTAW Pipe Welding6 credits

    GTAW open root welding on carbon steel will be discussed. Pipe fitting techniques; for GTAW remote amperage adjustment and scratch-arc techniques. Welding in the booth and in the fabrication shop or Fabrication Module will be demonstrated and practiced. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES and WLD 215

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 215

    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/25TWThF 7:00a-10:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
  • Electives6 credits

  • 2nd Yr: Welding & Fabricating

  • WLD 208Metallurgy3 credits

    Examines theory and application of metallurgical principles as they are applied to design, formation, selection, heat treating and distortion, heat effects on crystalline structure, and welding of non-ferrous and ferrous metals and their alloys, and includes a comprehensive study of welding filler metals and ANSI/AAS designations. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES


    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/25TTh10:00a-11:00aANDERSON DOpenings: 24
    1/13-3/25TTh 7:00a-9:00aJONES ROpenings: 24
  • WLD 232FCAW Practices II4 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 Level Courses
  • WLD 255Structural Steel Fabrication6 credits

    Students will learn advanced fabricating techniques for industrial jobsite applications. In-position welding utilizing proper SMAW and FCAW technique in all positions, and cutting and air carbon arc gouging techniques in the Modular Training Facility (Module). Also includes fall protection & scaffold safety and use of large shop equipment. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 254
  • Electives6 credits

  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    11/5-12/10W 3:00p-5:00pPISCOPO NOpenings: 14
    1/13-2/10T 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/14-2/11W 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/7-2/11W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/13-5/18M 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/8-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    11/5-12/10W 3:00p-5:00pPISCOPO NOpenings: 14
    1/13-2/10T 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/14-2/11W 2:15p-4:15pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    1/7-2/11W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/13-5/18M 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/8-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • Electives
  • Certificate students please see program advisor for quarter electives.

  • CODR 125Forklift Driver Certification1 credits

    This course provides the student with forklift driving safety knowledge and skills to comply with OSHA/WISHA, and meets WAC 296.863.60005 requirements. Instruction emphasizes prevention of workplace related hazards, accidents, and injuries. Students will be awarded the Ives Mobile Equipment Operator's Certification. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have previous forklift driving experience. Employers must also test an employee's ability and provide additional training on any different conditions specific to a particular job site.


    Future Offerings
    11/8Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 1
    12/6Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 1
    1/24Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 5
    3/14Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYOpenings: 5
  • ENVS 151Basic CSTOP Course0.8 credits

    Developed by Construction Safety Professionals to provide superior Safety Training, CSTOP is an industrial and heavy construction safety training and orientation program designed to provide contractor employees with a better than basic understanding of hazards and safety procedures associated with work in highly hazardous work areas.


    Future Offerings
    11/22Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 23
    1/31Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 30
    3/14Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 30
  • HLTH 155First Aid Fundamentals1 credits

    This eight-hour first aid course is in compliance with WAC 296-24 of the State of Washington and meets OSHA/WISHA requirements for first aid training. This course teaches the fundamentals of first aid in order to gain access to the EMS system, render emergency care in a low-risk occupational environment, and teaches adult CPR and obstructed airway techniques. Both CPR and first aid cards are good for two years. Attendance at all sessions and demonstration of competency is required for certification.


    Future Offerings
    11/3-11/5MW 5:30p-9:30pJORGENSEN KWaitlisted: 2
    11/19W 6:00p-9:00pENGELS JOpenings: 4
    1/20-1/22TTh 5:00p-9:00pLIEBERHERR JOpenings: 14
    1/31Sa 8:00a-5:00pREAD AMOpenings: 14
    2/11W 6:00p-9:00pENGELS JOpenings: 10
    3/6F 1:00p-4:00pKING JOpenings: 10
  • WLD 211SMAW III9 credits

    Shield Metal Arc Welding on steel, open-root groove welding on plate. Advanced SMAW Welding, including overhead welding and Advanced welding positions on various shapes to simulate industry needs. Offered in Summer only.

  • WLD 216SMAW Practices TP2 credits

    SMAW process in E6010 Electrodes in the 1F, 2F, and 3F positions. Focus is skill development for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 217Advanced SMAW Practices6 credits

    Lab exploring avenues for overcoming the difficulties of advanced SMA welding, confined space applications, and out of position welding. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 216 or Instructor permission
  • WLD 218SMAW Practices II TP2 credits

    SMAW process using E7018 Electrodes in the 2F, 3F, and 4F positions. Focus is skill development for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 219GTAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    This course focuses on GTAW with fillet and groove welds in all positions on aluminum plate on the 1F, 2F, & 3F positions, for the beginning or advanced welder.

  • WLD 220SMAW Practice III4 credits

    SMAW process on pipe or plate in various positions with various electrodes for the advanced welder. Practice mainly for 6G Pipe Test or Plate Test.

  • WLD 223GMAW Practices TP2 credits

    GMAW process in 2F, and 3F up positions on 1/4" steel plate for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 224Advanced GMAW Practices2 credits

    GMAW welding practice on steel in all positions. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 120 or WLD 223
  • WLD 225GMAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    GMAW aluminum welding practices in the 2F and 3F positions on various thickness of aluminum for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 226Advanced Aluminum Welding Practices6 credits

    Guided & self-guided Instructor-approved practices in GMAW or GTAW on aluminum. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 222 or WLD 242 or Instructor permission
  • WLD 231FCAW Practices TP2 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 120 or WLD 223
  • WLD 232FCAW Practices II4 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    All WLD 100 Level Courses
  • WLD 233FCAW Practices III6 credits

    FCAW process in various positions for advanced welding techniques.

  • WLD 243GTAW Steel Practices TP2 credits

    GTAW process in 2F and 3F positions on sheet metal for the beginner or advanced welder. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 244Alloy Pipe Welding9 credits

    SMAW & GTAW welding applications for alloy pipe, including primarily medium carbon, chrome-moly, and stainless steel. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 215
  • WLD 245Advance GTAW Practices6 credits

    Lab focuses on proper joint preparation, fit-up and welding of alloy plate, including stainless steel GTAW welding, open root butt welds and various alloys and carbon steel. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 243
  • WLD 246GTAW Aluminum Practices TP2 credits

    GTAW aluminum welding practice in 2F and 3F positions on 1/8" aluminum plate. This is a Tech Prep articulated course.

  • WLD 247Advance GTAW Aluminum Practices3 credits

    Advanced GTA welding of aluminum alloys in all positions and confined spaces. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 246
  • WLD 258Special Fabrication Projects6 credits

    Guided and self-guided steel or aluminum fabrication projects by instructor permission. Offered in Summer only.

    Prerequisite:
    ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES
  • WLD 259Alloy Fabrication Projects9 credits

    Guided alloy and steel fabrication projects for the advanced welder. Primarily stainless steel and other common steel alloys. SMAW & GTAW welding applications for alloy pipe or plate, including primarily medium carbon, chrome-moly, and stainless steel. Offered in Summer only. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 254 or WLD 258
  • WLD 273Testing II6 credits

    Elective: Guided Lab practice in preparation for WABO/ASME/ABS/in-house testing. Welder qualification and certification testing. Processes may include FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, or GMAW in all positions, including fit-up, and NDE principles. PREREQUISITE: ALL WLD 100 LEVEL COURSES and Instructor permission

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 230, WLD 210, WLD 262, WLD 271 or equivalent; Instructor permission
  • WLD 274TESTING III9 credits

    Elective: Guided Lab practice in preparation for WABO/ASME/ABS/In-house testing. Welder qualification and certification testing. Processes may include FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, or GMAW in all positions, including fit-up, and NDE principles. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 281Welding Upgrade 20hr1 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 20-hour upgrade in one credit. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 282Welding Upgrade 50hr2 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A50-hour upgrade in one credit. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 283Welding Upgrade 70hr3 credits

    Self-guided welding practice in the welding booth. A 70-hour upgrade in one credit. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 293Welding Internship I3 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 298Welding Internship II6 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
  • WLD 299Welding Internship III6 credits

    Industry on-the-job experience per individualized opportunities under guided practice. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS108 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS General Education class options

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall Quarter.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • NOTE: It is highly recommended that students take these courses prior to program entry:
  • AENGL 100 Applied English
  • AMATH 100 Applied Occupational Math
  • CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communications

Program Outcomes

  • Exhibit & maintain essential employability behaviors.
  • Observe and practice industry safety guidelines.
  • Analyze and interpret prints, drawings, and symbols for welding and fabrication of parts and structures.
  • Achieve competency in a variety of major manual and semi-automatic welding processes in all positions.
  • Demonstrate proper set-up and use of welding and fabricating equipment.
  • Troubleshoot and solve basic welding, fabricating and equipment problems.
  • Pass at least one WABO certification or industry-accepted certification welding test (ASME, AWS, ABS, etc.).
  • Exhibit knowledge of occupational environments, metallurgy, materials, tools, fabrication, layout, and mechanical and thermal cutting processes and techniques.
  • Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication with customers, co-workers, and supervisors.
  • Analyze and interpret prints and drawings for welding and fabricating.
  • Employ efficient organizational skills.
  • Stay current with new and emerging technologies.

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Don Anderson

 

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


B.F.A., Painting/Printmaking, University of Kansas.

A.A., Painting, Johnson County Community College.

A.A.S.T., Professional Technical Education, Bellingham Technical College.

Certificate, WABO - Certified Pipe Welder, Certified Weld Examiner

Certificate, ASME/ANSI Certified Journeyman Alloy Pipewelder

Certificate, AWS- Certified Welder Inspector (CWI), Certified Welding Educator (CWE)

Certificate, Navy Certified Journeyman Alloy Pipewelder

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8346
danderson@btc.ctc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

Background


Profile

Don has taught at BTC for 15 years, and is a 34-year veteran of the steel and piping industries in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His Industry...

    • Don has taught at BTC for 15 years, and is a 34-year veteran of the steel and piping industries in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His Industry experience includes work for several companies in Refineries, Shipbuilding and Repair, Seafood Plant Maintenance, and the Natural Gas Pipeline Installation & Maintenance Industries in union and non-union capacities. He has held multiple plate and pipe welding certifications in steel and high alloys, specializing in SMAW, GTAW and FCAW welding processes on structural steel and certified pressure piping.

      Don has been a welding supervisor and company co-owner and is currently a WABO Certified Pipe Welder in SMAW and GTAW, and is an AWS CWI and CWE, and a WABO Certified Welder Examiner. Don holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Kansas, an AA in Painting from Johnson County Community College, Kansas, and was the first recipient of the AAS-T in Professional Technical Education at Bellingham Technical College. In addition, Don is a professional artist and welded stainless steel and mixed-alloy metal sculptor, with work widely exhibited and collected in the Pacific Northwest and in National exhibitions.

Specialties
Don’s specialty is welding and teaching welding of steel and alloy piping for industrial pressure piping applications, specifically for the oil refinery and pipeline industries, and marine applications

    • Don’s specialty is welding and teaching welding of steel and alloy piping for industrial pressure piping applications, specifically for the oil refinery and pipeline industries, and marine applications


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Russell Jones

 

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


U.S. Navy HT-Hull Maintenance Technician

Ironworkers Local #509

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Educator (CWE)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Radiographic Interpreter (CRI)

WABO-Structural steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WABO-Certified Welder

WABO-Weld Examiner

ICC-Structural Steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8301
rjones@btc.ctc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

Background


Profile
Test...


Basic Welding Skills (minimum 2 Quarters)

Prepare for your welding career through this program. Then put your high-demand skills to work in the metal and construction trades as a welder, cutter, or welding machine operator. Students choose to specialize in one of three areas: aluminum, structural fabrication, or pipe welding. In our state-of-the-art welding and fabrication facility, you’ll learn valuable skills that high-wage employers are looking for. From safety practices and blueprint reading, to technical skills like metallurgy, MIG, and TIG welding, BTC’s hands-on training will prepare you for a career in boat manufacturing, steel manufacturing, refining, and transportation, or with federal, state, or local governments.

Program Facts

75% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $44,517

Wage potential $54,725 annually

Employment and wage data sources

Student Chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS)

Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities for welders are expected to increase. Employment opportunities for welders, cutters, and welding machine operators differ by occupational specialty.

About 75% of BTC Welding students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $44,517, with an earning potential of about $54,725 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Welders are employed in various areas of business and industry that require working with different types of metal for either manufacturing, repair, or cutting. Nationally, nine out of ten welders and cutters are employed in manufacturing, services, construction, or wholesale trade.

Typical places of employment include sheet metal fabrication companies, energy service companies, steel manufacturing companies, refineries, fence and iron companies, transportation, heating and plumbing companies, various unions, federal, state and municipal government, and self-employment. Potential positions include welder, cutter, welding machine tender, welding machine operator, foreman, and leadman.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • WLD 101Welding Safety I2 credits

    Introduction to the general welding industry, shop safety and orientation to the metal shop environment. Also electrical and compressed gas cylinder safety, and safe applications with grinders, band saws, and ironworkers.

  • WLD 104Career Opportunities For Welders2 credits

    Survey course introduces students to careers in the welding & fabricating industry. Lecture topics will include code and non-code welding, fabricating, structural steel welding, aluminum welding, pipe welding & fitting, artistic, creative, and architectural welding, and local opportunities in the shop, refinery, and marine based industries. Guest speakers and tours of local industry will enhance the course to give students a broad-based view of the industry.

  • WLD 105Thermal Cutting Processes4 credits

    This course will introduce the student to the basics of plasma arc cutting, and oxy-fuel cutting processes; cutting safety; theory of gases; and hands-on lab practice cutting exercises. Compressed bottle handling and equipment safety and orientation will be stressed.

  • WLD 110SMAW I5 credits

    Students will learn applications of power sources, electrode identification, and basic steel metallurgy, while practicing lab techniques in E6010 and E7018 SMAW Electrodes in the weld booth.

  • WLD 120GMAW I5 credits

    Introduction to the Gas Metal Arc Welding, welding process for mild steel. Power sources, techniques, shielding gases, metallurgy, and electrode identification will be covered. The student will learn the application of this process through lab practice in the weld booth.


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    11/3-12/12MW10:00a-11:30aWILLIAMS MOpenings: 1
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  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator. Text required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pADAMS JOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 28
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pADAMS JOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online ADAMS JOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • WLD 102Welding Safety II2 credits

    In depth welding & fabricating industry safety topics, including: general fabrication shop hazards; outside construction hazards; confined spaces, firewatch, fall protection hazard training and respirator/fresh air breathing apparatus training.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26M 8:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26M 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
  • WLD 103Hand & Power Tools4 credits

    This course introduces students to the safe and proper use of hand and power tools used in the aluminum welding and fabrication trade. The uses, set-up, trouble shooting, maintenance, and proper care will be covered.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26T 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    1/7-3/26T 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • WLD 106Print Reading I4 credits

    Students will learn to use prints and drawings used in the welding trade. Students will study interpretation of basic drawings and prints, dimensions, terminology, notes, applied mathematics and sketching and drawing techniques.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26TW 8:00a-9:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    1/7-3/26TW 8:00a-9:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • WLD 130FCAW I4 credits

    Course covers the flux core arc welding process, including dual shield and self-shielding processes. Classroom discussion includes process safety and applications, power sources, shielding gases, FCAW electrodes and metallurgy. Lab practice on mild steel in the weld booth.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-2/17W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    1/7-2/17W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • WLD 140Supervision and Management I4 credits

    An introduction to supervision. This course focuses on basic skills in communication, time management, planning, delegation, improving productivity, and the legal aspects of supervision. Practice sessions in communication, interviewing, merit reviews, and termination. Text required.


    Future Offerings
    2/18-3/26W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    2/18-3/26W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:00a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pBURNS JOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW 3:00p-4:25pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MW 1:00p-2:25pBURNS JOpenings: 26
    1/13-3/24T 6:00p-8:30pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • WLD 107Welding Leadership I1 credits

    Team and organizational skills are highlighted in a creative activity. Students may practice these skills by participating in the planning, organization, and execution of a multifaceted public performance event, such as the BTC Welding Rodeo, a two-day welding skills competition, or other Team-Based activity involving supervision and leadership, as determined by the Welding Faculty.


    Future Offerings
    4/13-6/22M 8:00a-10:00aHANCOCK MOpenings: 24
    4/13-6/22M 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
  • WLD 121GMAW Aluminum I5 credits

    This introduction to the gas metal arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.


    Future Offerings
    5/12-6/23W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    5/12-6/23W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • WLD 141GTAW Aluminum I4 credits

    This introduction to gas tungsten arc welding process on aluminum covers safety, power sources, metallurgy, gases, filler metals, and lab practice.


    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/11W 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aSTAFF
     MW10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
     MW 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pSTAFF
    4/7-5/11W 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     Th 8:00a-10:00aPATTERSON S
     MW10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
     MW 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
     TTh 2:15p-4:00pPATTERSON S
  • WLD 150 Steel Fabricating I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply basic layout and fabricating techniques, applying simple print reading concepts, and cutting and welding techniques, to produce simple fabricated small projects. GMAW, and FCAW welding processes may be used, as well as Plasma and Oxy/Fuel Thermal Cutting processes, and introduction to bevellers. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project. PREREQUISITES: WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Future Offerings
    5/12-6/23T 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    5/12-6/23T 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     T10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • WLD 151Aluminum Fabrication I4 credits

    Students will learn and apply weld joint theory, prep, and fabrication of aluminum, and application of print reading basics. Storage and handling techniques, metal preparation for fitting and welding, fixture and jigging tools and contamination and distortion control will be demonstrated and practiced. The importance of accurate measuring; precision squares, angles, drilling and leveling; attention to detail, neatness, and the finished product will be demonstrated in an approved small fabrication project. PREREQUISITES: WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Prerequisite:
    WLD 101,102,103,105,106

    Future Offerings
    4/7-5/5T 9:00a-10:00aSTAFFOpenings: 24
     T10:00a-11:30aSTAFF
    4/7-5/5T 9:00a-10:00aPATTERSON SOpenings: 24
     T10:30a-11:30aPATTERSON S
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBURNS JOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS69 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS General Education class options

Program Entry Information

This program typically starts in Fall Quarter.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • NOTE: It is highly recommended that students take these courses prior to program entry:
  • CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communications
  • AENGL 100 Applied English
  • AMATH 100 Applied Occupational Math

Program Outcomes

  • Exhibit & maintain essential employability behaviors;
  • Observe and practice industry safety guidelines;
  • Analyze and interpret prints, drawings, and symbols for welding and fabrication of parts and structures;
  • Achieve competency in a variety of major manual and semi-automatic welding processes in all positions;
  • Demonstrate proper set-up and use of welding and fabricating equipment;
  • Troubleshoot and solve basic welding, fabricating and equipment problems;
  • Pass at least one WABO certification or industry-accepted certification welding test (ASME, AWS, ABS, etc.);
  • Exhibit knowledge of occupational environments, metallurgy, materials, tools, fabrication, layout, and mechanical and thermal cutting processes and techniques;
  • Demonstrate appropriate oral and written communication with customers, co-workers, and supervisors;
  • Analyze and interpret prints and drawings for welding and fabricating;
  • Employ efficient organizational skills;
  • Stay current with new and emerging technologies.

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Don Anderson

 

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


B.F.A., Painting/Printmaking, University of Kansas.

A.A., Painting, Johnson County Community College.

A.A.S.T., Professional Technical Education, Bellingham Technical College.

Certificate, WABO - Certified Pipe Welder, Certified Weld Examiner

Certificate, ASME/ANSI Certified Journeyman Alloy Pipewelder

Certificate, AWS- Certified Welder Inspector (CWI), Certified Welding Educator (CWE)

Certificate, Navy Certified Journeyman Alloy Pipewelder

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8346
danderson@btc.ctc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

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Don has taught at BTC for 15 years, and is a 34-year veteran of the steel and piping industries in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His Industry...

    • Don has taught at BTC for 15 years, and is a 34-year veteran of the steel and piping industries in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His Industry experience includes work for several companies in Refineries, Shipbuilding and Repair, Seafood Plant Maintenance, and the Natural Gas Pipeline Installation & Maintenance Industries in union and non-union capacities. He has held multiple plate and pipe welding certifications in steel and high alloys, specializing in SMAW, GTAW and FCAW welding processes on structural steel and certified pressure piping.

      Don has been a welding supervisor and company co-owner and is currently a WABO Certified Pipe Welder in SMAW and GTAW, and is an AWS CWI and CWE, and a WABO Certified Welder Examiner. Don holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Kansas, an AA in Painting from Johnson County Community College, Kansas, and was the first recipient of the AAS-T in Professional Technical Education at Bellingham Technical College. In addition, Don is a professional artist and welded stainless steel and mixed-alloy metal sculptor, with work widely exhibited and collected in the Pacific Northwest and in National exhibitions.

Specialties
Don’s specialty is welding and teaching welding of steel and alloy piping for industrial pressure piping applications, specifically for the oil refinery and pipeline industries, and marine applications

    • Don’s specialty is welding and teaching welding of steel and alloy piping for industrial pressure piping applications, specifically for the oil refinery and pipeline industries, and marine applications


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Russell Jones

 

Area of Instruction


Welding Technology

 

Degrees and Certifications


U.S. Navy HT-Hull Maintenance Technician

Ironworkers Local #509

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Welding Educator (CWE)

Certificate, AWS-Certified Radiographic Interpreter (CRI)

WABO-Structural steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WABO-Certified Welder

WABO-Weld Examiner

ICC-Structural Steel and Welding Inspector

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8301
rjones@btc.ctc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 105

 

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