Kalamazoo Valley Community College

KVCC Catalog


WELD 120 Introduction to Welding
3-1-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is the introductory welding course. Designed for welders and non-welders. It covers the basic safe operation of the oxy-fuel welding, cutting and brazing systems along with training in the basic electric arc welding process, SMAW (arc), GMAW (mig), GTAW (tig) and FCAW. These processes provide the skills necessary to select and operate welding equipment safely.

WELD 182 Rapid MIG & FCAW Welding
3-1-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is designed to develop the entry level job skills required for a welder using the MIG (GMAW) and Flux-Cored (FCAW) welding processes. It will include classroom and lab skill training in these welding processes to produce all position groove and fillet welds. Students will receive skills in electrode selection and identification, shielding gases, type of metal transfer, material identification, methods of machine set-up, and basic process troubleshooting. These credits will complete three (3) of the ten (10) credits in the Welding 190 Rapids Skills Training course.

WELD 184 Rapid TIG (GTAW) Welding
3-1-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is designed to develop the entry level job skills required for a welder using the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) process. It will include skill training in this welding process to produce all position fillet and groove welds on a variety of metals including steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Students will receive classroom and hands-on training in selection of filler metals, equipment selection, and set-up, metals identification, welding procedures, thermal cutting, AWS testing procedures, machine troubleshooting, and TIG welding terminology. These credits will complete three (3) credits in the Welding 190 Rapids Skills Training course.

WELD 186 Rapids ARC (SMAW) Welding
2-1-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is designed to develop the entry level job skills required for a welder using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process. It will include skill training in the welding process to produce all position fillet and groove welds on mild steel. Students will receive classroom and hands-on training in selection of filler metals, equipment selection and set-up, metals identification, welding procedures, thermal cutting, AWS testing procedures, machine troubleshooting, and SMAW welding terminology. These credits will complete two (2) credits in the Welding 190 Rapid Skills Training course.

WELD 190 Welding Rapid Skills Training
10-4-18 (Lecture/Standard Lab) The Welding Rapid Skills Training course is designed to deliver accelerated skills training in the SMAW (arc), GMAW (mig), FCAW (flux cored), GTAW (tig) and the oxy-fuel and plasma cutting operations to the American Welding Society AWS QC10 Entry Level Welder Standard. Included in the course will also be welding blueprint reading and welding symbols skills. The practical knowledge and performance qualification testing will provide levels of documented occupational skills necessary to enter the welding workforce upon completion.

WELD 240 Shld Metal Arc Wld-Pipe/SMAW-P
3-1-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course offers skill training in the welding techniques used for uphill and downhill pipe welding. Students receive skill training to perform high quality welds in the common pipe welding positions 2G, 5G and 6G. Also included are testing procedures and methods to code type performance standards. Recommended prerequisite: WELD 190, WELD 186, or equivalent experience.

WELD 255 Advanced Inert Gas Welding
3-1-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) A continuation of WELD 155, this course covers skill training on larger heavier weldments. Emphasis is placed on AWS D1.1 code welding requirements. Special consideration is placed on advanced features of the welding processes such as pulse welding parameters, larger diameter welding wires, work piece preparation, and all position welding on fillet and groove welds. Weld testing and procedures to code acceptance standards are emphasized. Recommended prerequisite: WELD 190, WELD 182, and WELD 184.

WELD 265 Automated Welding
3-1-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course covers the application of the MIG (GMAW) and TIG (GTAW) welding processes using automated linear and rotational equipment. Skill training includes fixturing, positioning and assembly of various forms of automated equipment. Also included are topics in weld cost analysis, CNC plasma cutting, weld size analysis and automation safety considerations. The use of robotics is also covered. Recommended prerequisite: WELD 255.

WELD 278 Welding Internship
1-0-0 to 9-0-0 (Variable) The Welding Internship is a supervised on-the-job learning experience designed to provide students the opportunity to apply welding competencies in a work environment. Prerequisite: With some exceptions, students must have completed 75% of the coursework in the pursued degree/certificate program and have a grade point of 2.5 in the program and 2.0 overall. Comment: This course can be used as an elective in the program. See Internships under Permission Codes for more information.