Feb 03, 2023  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Academic Catalog Archived Catalog

Welding and Inspection Technology, AAS

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The Welding and Inspection Technology curriculum is designed to provide students experience in welding and inspection technology as it pertains to assembly, manufacturing, energy, structural construction and nondestructive testing. Nondestructive testing involves the inspection of material or a welding object in a manner that will not impair its future usefulness using one of the NDT test methods, visual inspection, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current, ultrasonic and radiographic testing. This program provides education and training in common cutting and welding processes, AWS welding standards, OXYFUEL, SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, and FCAW processes, structural, pipe and plate welding, nondestructive testing and inspection, blueprint reading and communications and math competencies. Upon completion of this program, students will

  • Describe and demonstrate safe and proper use of each type of welding equipment;
  • Select and demonstrate various joining processes;
  • Read and interpret welding blueprints using a systemic process;
  • Estimate type, quantity, cost, and weight of a welded fabrication from information on a blueprint;
  • Demonstrate proper transport, setup, adjustment and use of all cutting and welding equipment;
  • Use current industry technology to test and repair welding related equipment;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in OXYFUEL, SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, and FCAW processes;
  • Recognize, inspect and document proper applications of welding processes;
  • Demonstrate techniques and devices for controlling heat effects during welding;
  • Consistently use equipment safely in the performance of nondestructive testing;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of nondestructive testing equipment and the processes; and
  • Use current AWS, ASME, and ASNT codes, welding procedures and recommended practices.


First Year

First Semester Total: 17

Second Semester Total: 16

Total Credits: 65

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed.  Check course description.

Optional Course Offering:

Program Information

  • After completing the program, students should be qualified for the following certifications:
  1. AWS D 1.1 in 3/8” Plate Certification
  2. AWS D 1.1 in Unlimited Thickness Certification
  3. AWS D 1.1 Pipe Certification
  4. ASNT Level II Education Requirements for Certification. ASNT also requires documented work experience.
  5. First Aid/CPR Certification
  • Fees for this program are higher than average.  Please see the program director for more details.


Opportunities after Graduation

  • Career opportunities offer a wide range of possibilities as a welding technician in the fabrication and manufacturing industries, steel construction, nondestructive testing and weld inspection, mining, energy, petroleum, bridge construction and other production areas.


Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center.

Student Support Center Advisor  
Will Richards  
OT 204  
(406) 756-4862  


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