WeldingHigh School Open Enrollment

The Welding program at the MC/MISD Petroleum Academy prepares students for careers in welding fabrication, welding manufacturing, and/or welding repair.

High School / Dual Enrollment / Career Certificates / Welding

Industry Outlook and Program Overview


Welders lay out, fit and fabricate metal components to assemble structural forms, such as machinery frames, bridge parts and pressure vessels.  Midland College curriculum is designed to develop skills, attitudes, and competencies in welding processes including oxy-fuel welding and cutting, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and shielded metal arc welding. In addition, students will receive training in welding safety, blueprint reading, and layout and fabrication.
 

Career opportunities exist in a variety of fields:

 
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Energy Production/Transport
  • Inspection
  • Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Education
  • Project Management
  • Sales

The Welding Technology Program is a two-year program targeted to juniors and seniors who have a desire to learn and develop the basic skills necessary to further their education and/or become career reading in welding. No prior knowledge of welding is required; however, a commitment to safety and demonstration of proper safety skills is required.

Successful students should expect to attend class regularly, complete classroom assignments, and complete hands-on learning activities in the welding lab. Students will occasionally be expected to complete research, projects, and assignments outside of scheduled class meetings.

  • Complete up to twenty-two college credit hours of coursework towards the Welder – Entry Level certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree in Welding Technology from Midland College.

  • Upon the successful completion of all twenty-two semester credit hours offered, the student will have completed all requirements for the Welder – Entry Level certificate.

YEAR 1 (JUNIORS AND SENIORS)


WLDG 1421 – INTRODUCTION TO WELDING FUNDAMENTALS
4 CREDIT HOURS

An introduction to the fundamentals of equipment used in oxy-acetylene welding (OFW-A) and shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), including welding and cutting safety, basic oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, basic arc welding processes and basic metallurgy. The student will demonstrate safety procedures associated with equipment; and identify ferrous and nonferrous metals.

WLDG 1457 – INTERMEDIATE SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING (SMAW)
4 CREDIT HOURS

A study of the production of various fillets and groove welds. Preparation of specimens for testing in various positions. The student will identify principles of arc welding; describe arc welding operations of fillet and groove joints; explain heat treatments of low alloy steels; and explain weld size and profiles; prepare test plates; perform fillet welds in the overhead position; perform air carbon arc weld removal; perform bevel groove welds with backing plates in various positions; and demonstrate use of tools and equipment.

OSHT 1301 – INTRODUCTION TO SAFETY AND HEALTH TECHNOLOGY
3 CREDIT HOURS

An introduction to the basic concepts of safety and health. The student will identify appropriate procedures to minimize or prevent injuries and illness in the workplace; incorporate job safety analysis (JSA) and appropriate training; and name elements of an effective safety culture.

 

YEAR 2 (2ND YEAR SENIORS ONLY)


MCHN 1320 – PRECISION TOOLS AND MEASUREMENT
3 CREDIT HOURS

An introduction to the modern science of dimensional metrology. Emphasis on the identification, selection, and application of various types of precision instruments associated with the machining trade. Practice of basic layout and piece part measurements while using standard measuring tools.

WLDG 1425 – INTRODUCTION TO OXY-FUEL WELDING AND CUTTING
4 CREDIT HOURS

An introduction to oxy-fuel welding and cutting, safety, setup and maintenance of oxy-fuel welding and cutting equipment and supplies. The student will demonstrate oxy-fuel welding and cutting safety procedures; classify fuels and filler metals; perform entry-level oxy-fuel welding and cutting operations and select proper equipment and materials

WLDG 1430 – INTRODUCTION TO GAS METAL ARC WELDING (GMAW)
4 CREDIT HOURS

Principles of gas metal arc welding, setup and use of Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) equipment, and safe use of tools/equipment. Instruction in various joint designs. The student will describe welding positions with various joint designs; describe the effects of welding parameters in GMAW; apply safety rules; troubleshoot equipment used, perform visual inspection; weld various types of structural material; diagnose welding problems.

MIDLAND ISD

 

KIM EVANS

Director of CTE
MC Advanced Technology Center (ATC), Room 148
3200 W. Cuthbert Midland, TX 79701
(432) 240-1352
kim.evans@midlandisd.net

KATY GRIMES

CTE & Assessment Secretary
MC Advanced Technology Center (ATC), Front Office
3200 W. Cuthbert Midland, TX 79701
(432) 240-1351
katy.grimes@midlandisd.net

ANGELA VERNER

CTE Counselor
MC Advanced Technology Center (ATC), Room 149
3200 W. Cuthbert Midland, TX 79701
(432) 240-1353
angela.verner@midlandisd.net

 

MIDLAND COLLEGE

CURT PERVIER

Dean of Applied Technology
Technology Center, Room 143
3600 N. Garfield Midland, TX 79705
(432) 685-4677
cper@midland.edu

DEREK GASCH

Manufacturing Services, Department Chair
MC Advanced Technology Center (ATC), Room 129
3200 W. Cuthbert Midland, TX 79701
(432) 681-6314
dgasch@midland.edu

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