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2021-2022 College Catalog 
2021-2022 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Welding: Combination Pipe, Advanced Skills Set Program

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Major Code: 739S

The Combination Pipe Welding Advanced Skills Set Program is designed to prepare individuals with advanced welding skills that make them ideal candidates for employment for a wide range of industrial settings. Students in the program will weld pipe in various processes in all positions to AWS (American Welding Society) standards. All technical courses in the program provide extensive hands-on experiences. Students will have a broad based foundation in welding that includes Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW).

The Combination Pipe Welding Program has been designed as an integrated program of study with secondary (high school) programs in the College’s service area in West Virginia. Students completing a secondary program may be eligible for advance standing and should confer with program faculty and/or advisors about processed to obtain advanced standing.

In addition to General Education Outcomes, upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate safe practices in all welding activities.
  • Demonstrate ability to weld pipe in all positions using SMAW to AWS standards.
  • Demonstrate ability to weld fillet and butt welds in all positions on both plate and pipe, utilizing GTAW to AWS standards.

The employment outlook is currently above average at the regional, state, and national levels. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report an average annual salary of $40,000 to $80,000 for Combination Pipe Welder. Career opportunities are available in a number of industries including manufacturing, fabrication, oil and gas, construction, and equipment maintenance and repair.

CIP Code: 480508

Total Credits (18)

These classes will take 15 weeks to complete and will require a commitment of 7 am - 2 pm, Monday through Friday, during the spring semester. Upon completion of these classes, students will receive 18 college credit hours or 45 CEU’s depending on the student’s needs. This program is not eligible for Title IV financial aid. Options are available to take additional general education requirements to obtain a college certificate or degree.

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