Welding and Cutting

About the Program

The Welding and Cutting Program at Pearl River Community College is designed to lead to a Certificate of Proficiency.

The Welding and Cutting Program is designed to prepare the student for entry-level employment in the field of welding and cutting. Welding is utilized in manufacturing, structural construction, pipeline construction, offshore in-dustry, custom job shops, and is an important part of many businesses.

The curriculum includes Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Pipe Welding, Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC), Car-bon Arc Cutting, Oxyfuel Cutting, and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). The student will learn safety in all aspects of welding and cutting.

Applicants for the Welding and Cutting Program must have a high school diploma or a GED; or if the student is at least 18 years of age and does not have a high school diploma or GED, the student must take the Careers Performance Assessment Test (CPAT) and meet minimum score requirements.

Career Opportunities in the Field

The current demand for welders is excel-lent as employers report a shortage in qualified people. This shortage of workers is expected to continue as advances in technology are creat-ing more uses for welding. The national average for welders is $14.72 per hour with earnings ranging between $11.90 and $22.20 per hour based upon skill level.

Course Descriptions

Course TitleCourse DescriptionCourse Number
Shielded Metal Arc Welding I. (6) This course is designed to teach students welding techniques using E-6010 electrodes. (175 hours.)WLV1116
Gas Metal Arc Welding (SMAW). (3) This course is designed to give the student experience in various welding applications with the GMAW welder including short circuiting and pulsed transfer. (80 hrs.)WLV1123
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding. (6) This course is designed to give the student experience in various welding applications with the GTAW welder. (175)WLV1136
Flux Cored Arc Welding. (3) This course is designed to give the student experience in FCAW. (80 hrs)WLV1143
Pipe Welding. (5) This course is designed to give the student experience in pipe welding procedures. (144 hrs)WLV1155
Gas Metal Arc Aluminum Welding. (2) This course is designed to give the student experience in Gas Metal Aluminum Welding. (48 hrs)WLV1162
Welding Inspection and Testing Principles. (1) This course is designed to give the student experience in inspection and testing of welds. (30 hrs)WLV1171
Shielded Metal Arc Welding II. (6) This course is designed to teach students welding techniques using E-7018 electrodes. (175 hours)WLV1226
Drawing and Welding Symbol Interpretation. (2) This course is designed to give the student advanced experience in Reading welding symbols. (48 hrs)WLV1232
Advanced Pipe Welding. (2) This course is designed to give the student advanced pipe welding techniques using shielded metal arc and gas tungsten arc welding processes. (64 hrs)WLV1252
Cutting Processes. (4) This course is designed to give the student experience in oxyfuel cutting principles and practices, air carbon cutting and gouging, and plasma arc cutting. Ninety hours.WLV1314
Special Project in Welding and Cutting. (1-3) A course designed to provide the student with practical application of skills and knowledge gained in other Welding and Cutting courses. The instructor works closely with the student to insure that the selection of a project will enhance the student?s learning experience.WLV191(1-3)
Supervised Work Experience in Welding and Cutting. (1-6) This course is a cooperative program between industry and education and is designed to integrate the student?s technical studies with industrial experience. Variable credit is awarded on the basis of one semester hour per 45 contact hours.WLV192(1-6)
Welding Metallurgy. (2) This course is designed to give the student experience in the concept of metallurgy and how metals react to internal and external strains and temperature changes. (48 hrs)WLV2812
Welding Code. (3) This course is designed to give student experience in the various welding codes and the experience in interpretation of these codes. (48 Hrs)WLV2913
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