Virginia College Welding Technician Training

The Welding Technician diploma program is designed to prepare students to work as industrial welders and to provide them with an introduction to the various types of processes, equipment, and materials used in welding. In addition to the courses in welding, students will receive instruction in safety, blueprint reading, computer applications, machine shop practices, and computer-aided drafting. Through hands-on experience in a welding laboratory, students gain skills in all welding positions, gas metal arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and oxyfuel cutting. Students are also taught basic occupational communication skills and a general knowledge base necessary for effective functioning in the industrial setting. Successful graduates of the Welding Technician curriculum may be employed as entry-level technicians in welding and metalworking industries. Career opportunities also exist in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision, and welding-related self-employment.

Upon successful graduation from this program, graduates should be able to, demonstrate basic competency in the four major welding processes; explain basic concepts and practices of technical drawing and blueprint reading in accordance with industry standards; articulate safety guidelines and use of machine tools; create drawings using computer-aided drafting (CAD) software; demonstrate skills to meet code requirements for heavy plate and pipe welding; summarize and differentiate knowledge of material structures, heat treatment processes, the composition of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys, and the effects of heat treatments on metals; articulate industrial quality control procedures; and demonstrate fabrication techniques, cost estimation, principles of applied statics, and strength of materials.

About Virginia College

The goal of Virginia College lies in its responsibility to its students, the technical and business communities, and the general citizenry. We have a long history of offering new direction to students.

Virginia College is Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

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Diplomas (D) and Advanced Diplomas (AdvD) are required by SC, GA & OK to be listed as Certificates (C). Cosmetology is a Certificate (C) in NC, but not all Diplomas (D) will be.
Associate of Science degrees (AS) are required by NC, SC, TN & VA to be listed as Associated of Applied Science degrees (AAS).
Associate of Applied Science degrees (AAS) are required by LA & VA to be listed as Associate in Occupational Studies degees (AOS).
Bachelor of Science degrees (BS) are required by TN to be listed as Bachelor of Applied Science degrees (BAS).
Diagnostic Medical Sonography is an Associate of Science (AS) in TX.

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