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• Associate of Applied Science Degree

• Certificate of Completion

Welders are currently in great demand. They are needed in energy exploration and production and are required in virtually every field or industry that uses parts made of metal.

Simply stated, welders are people who join metals such as steel, stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, brass, bronze, copper, and nickel. Welding processes vary depending on the application. Extremely delicate and precise items, such as aerospace components and jewelry, may be welded using electron beams, lasers, and plasma, while huge structures for buildings and bridges are typically welded using submerged arc and flux core. Welding may take place in almost any setting: in a laboratory, out-of-doors, or even underwater, as in the case of offshore, oil-and-gas platform construction.

Nationally accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS) and taught by nationally qualified instructors, the DACC Welding Technology program is competency and performance based, consisting of lectures and hands-on laboratory exercises. Students learn to weld steels, stainless steels, and aluminum alloy plate and pipe with five welding processes. They also learn basic fabrication skills, oxy-fuel cutting, plasma cutting, and aircarbon arc cutting. This program is one of a handful nationwide that has an orbital TIG unit that allows students to join tubing as small as one-quarter inch in diameter. Students are also exposed to heat treating of steel and its effects with the heat treat oven.

A student may complete the certificate program first and then later apply all the credits earned in the certificate program toward the associate degree. All who complete the certificate or associate degree will graduate as certified welders in one or more welding processes on steel, stainless steel, and/or aluminum.

Remember to consult the DACC Catalog, available online, for more complete information before choosing a program. Certain restrictions, qualifications, and/or fees may apply.

For further information, call the program office at (575) 527-7590.