Welding Fabrication Technology

Welding Fabrication Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)

The Welding Fabrication Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program provides training in all aspects of welding and fabrication operations, including blueprint reading, planning operation sequence, applying geometry, heat effects and metal properties, layout, positioning, fitting, welding and material handling.

Graduates are prepared for positions such as welders, fabricators, shop supervisors, estimators and shop owners in boatbuilding, automotive, machine fabrication, commercial fishing gear, piping systems, and building construction and maintenance. This program prepares students to pass welder certification tests through the Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO).

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) Full Time: 5 to 6
Part Time: Part Time Option Not Available
92.0 - 96.0

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

Students must meet with an advisor for entry into this program. A placement test is required to ensure language and computational skills are sufficient for program success.

  • Use equipment and tools properly.
  • Take personal responsibility for skills, safety and production.
  • Take responsibility for one's own development of skills, observe safety procedures and produce workmanship samples.
  • Diagnose and cure common welding defects.
  • Demonstrate safe operation of oxyacetylene equipment.
  • Communicate and work in groups to complete minimum skills activities.
  • Tack, production weld, and finish as required for assigned activities.
  • Demonstrate consistent safe work habits including citizenship.
  • Demonstrate consistent quality workmanship per industry standards.
  • Formulate and communicate a plan of action for assigned fabrication and maintenance projects.
  • Speak and write effectively to communicate formulated action plans for activities and projects.
  • Select and demonstrate various joining processes.
  • Identify and demonstrate common power tools, and accessories.
  • Read and interpret fabrication blueprints using a systematic process.
  • Perform basic layouts using template paper and patterns.
  • Estimate type, quantity, costs, weight, of a welded fabrication from information on a blueprint.
  • Describe and demonstrate safe and proper use of each type of welding equipment.
  • Identify major parts, set up and adjust the press brake for a variety of forming operations.
  • Demonstrate proper transport, set up, adjustment and use of GTAW and oxyacetylene equipment.
  • Demonstrate techniques and devices-for controlling heat effect during welding.
  • Recognize, inspect and document proper applications of welding processes.
  • Demonstrate proficiency of maintenance and repair operations using welding and joinery procedures.
  • Describe employer expectations for employees within the welding industry.
  • Use current industry technology to test and repair welding related equipment.

Job tests this program will prepare you for:

  • Welder certification tests through the Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO)

For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Full Time

Quarter 1
  • Credits :20.0
  • Resident Student Cost : $1,608.34
  • Non-Resident Student Cost : $1,764.34
  • International Student Cost : $3,502.46
  • Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,711.20
  • Non-Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,867.20
  • International BAS Student Cost : $3,502.46
Quarter 2
  • Credits :20.0
  • Resident Student Cost : $1,608.34
  • Non-Resident Student Cost : $1,764.34
  • International Student Cost : $3,502.46
  • Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,711.20
  • Non-Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,867.20
  • International BAS Student Cost : $3,502.46
Quarter 3
  • Credits :20.0
  • Resident Student Cost : $1,608.34
  • Non-Resident Student Cost : $1,764.34
  • International Student Cost : $3,502.46
  • Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,711.20
  • Non-Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,867.20
  • International BAS Student Cost : $3,502.46
Quarter 4
  • Credits :18.0
  • Resident Student Cost : $1,577.92
  • Non-Resident Student Cost : $1,733.92
  • International Student Cost : $3,418.56
  • Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,293.42
  • Non-Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,449.42
  • International BAS Student Cost : $3,418.56
Quarter 5
  • Credits :12.0
  • Resident Student Cost : $1,242.28
  • Non-Resident Student Cost : $1,393.48
  • International Student Cost : $3,039.24
  • Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,227.18
  • Non-Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,378.38
  • International BAS Student Cost : $3,039.24

Part Time

  • Resident Cost : $10,399.68 - $10,851.84
  • NonResident Cost : $11,776.00 - $12,288.00
  • International Student Cost : $26,797.76 - $27,962.88

Quarter Start Dates: Welding classes begin in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.

Students may still enroll in the program during other quarters to begin their related academic classes (Not required if a student has already completed these classes. Students must provide an official transcript.).

Class Times: Check the MySouth Student Portal. Students will meet during the class timeframe listed, however in order to maintain safe distances in on-site labs students will be grouped and have specified times on campus. Please check with your instructor for more information.

Other related academic classes are required that meet outside of these class times. These classes can be completed online and/or in-person depending on availability. Check with an advisor regarding when to take related academic classes.


Coursework

Course Course ID Credits Availability

A course to obtain a lift truck operator's safety certification card. Student will learn current regulations as well as demonstrating practical fork lift operation.

HDM 171 2.0

Exploration of the applications and criteria for selecting the most widely used welding and weld-related metal joining processes, including, GMAW, FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, submerged metal arc, oxyacetylene, brazing, soldering and cutting, plasma arc cutting and resistance welding. Covers types of welds and weld joints. Prereqs: Placement into Engl 105 and Math 110 or instructor permission. Coreq: TDR 131, ENGL 101 or ENGL 105 with ICT 103, MAT 110, PSYC 240, or WFT 115.

WFT 100 5.0

Learn to read and interpret industrial prints for both mechanical and structural welded fabrications. Includes interpreting various views and types of prints and welding symbols and their application. Prereqs: Placement into Engl 105 and Math 110 or instructor permission. Coreq: Any of the following: TDR 131, ENGL 101 or ENGL 105 with ICT 103, MAT 110, PSYC 240,WFT 115.

WFT 105 5.0

Covers theory and application of metallurgical principles applied to weld design and heat affected zone (HAZ), heat treating and distortion (pre-post), and heat effects on crystalline structure of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Includes methods of destructive and nondestructive testing. Prereq: Placement into Engl 105 and Math 110 or instructor permission. Coreq: Any of the following: TDR 131, ENGL 101 or ENGL 105 with ICT 103, MAT 110, PSYC 240, WFT 115.

WFT 111 5.0

Practice safe and efficient use of oxyacetylene flame for cutting and joining applications. Perform sound welds using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process. Prereq: Placement into Engl 105 and Math 110 or instructor permission. Coreqs: Any of the following: TDR 131, ENGL 101 or ENGL 105 with ICT 103, MAT 110, PSYC 240, WFT 115.

WFT 120 6.0

Learn advance configurations and position for welding with the Shielded Metal Arc Welding process including vertical and overhead. Prepare for the WABO certification testing procedure. Prereq: Placement into Engl 105 and Math 110 or instructor permission. Coreqs: Any of the following: TDR 131, ENGL 101 or ENGL 105 with ICT 103, MAT 110, PSYC 240, WFT 115.

WFT 121 6.0

Lab practice and competencies with equipment, multiple positions and applications of GMAW uses. Combines weld theory, operation of OXY-Acetylene and SMAW processes, using mild steel, low alloy steel, aluminum, and stainless steel. Prereq: Placement into Engl 105 and Math 110 or instructor permission. Coreqs: Any of the following: TDR 131, ENGL 101 or ENGL 105 with ICT 103, MAT 110, PSYC 240, WFT 115.

WFT 124 6.0

A set of lab competencies that will introduce practical exercises which convey knowledge of equipment as well as multiple positions and application of FCAW uses (Inner shield/Duel Shield). This will combine previously learned: weld theory, operation of OXY-Acetylene, and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) processes. Mild steel, low alloy and stainless steel are commonly welded with these processes in a variety of industrial applications. Prereq: WFT 100, 120 and 121.

WFT 125 6.0

A project-oriented set of practical exercises that convey knowledge of equipment along with theory of operation and applications of the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) process (A.K.A. "TIG" and "Heliarc"). The high quality welds produced by this process are common in pressure piping systems,aerospace products,and when using heat sensitive metals. The GTAW process provides both high quality and excellent appearance. Prereq: Placement into Engl 105 and Math 110 or instructor permission.

WFT 127 6.0

Both lecture and laboratory exercises which involve the practical transfer of blueprint information onto metal using a variety of techniques. Applications of geometric shape constructions and divisions in the shop environment are covered. Also learned demonstrate proficiencies with: Carbon Arc, Plasma Arc,and manual OXY Fuel Cutting. Prereq: Placement into Engl 105 and Math 110 or instructor permission. Coreqs: TDR 131, ENGL 101 or ENGL 105 with ICT 103, MAT 110, PSYC 240, or WFT 115.

WFT 128 6.0

Select four (4) courses from those listed below:

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Students will learn more advance configurations and position for welding with the E 7018, and E 6010 Shielded Metal Arc Welding process on pipe including vertical and overhead. This course will prepare students for the WABO pipe certification testing procedure as well as cutting and beveling pipe with oxy fuel and hand tools. Prereqs: WFT 120 and 121. Coreq: Any of the following: TDR 131, ENGL 101 or ENGL 105 with ICT 103, MAT 110, PSYC 240, WFT 115.

WFT 220 6.0

A project-oriented set of practical exercises that conveys knowledge of all shop equipment along with theory of operation and applications of the: SMAW, GMAW, FCA W, and GTAW processes. Student will also design and create preapproved fabrication project. Prereq: WFT 128.

WFT 227 6.0

Students will learn more advance configurations and position for welding with the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) on pipe including vertical and overhead. This course will prepare students for AWS pipe certification testing procedure as well as cutting and beveling pipe with oxy fuel and hand tools. Prereqs: WFT 127. Coreqs: Any of the following: TDR 131, ENGL 101 or ENGL 105 with ICT 103, MAT 110, PSYC 240, WFT 115.

WFT 228 6.0

Perform a comprehensive group of activities involving all major fabrication areas including design and development, estimating, layout, cutting (including demonstration of machine torch & plasma), forming, fit up, tack welding, and product assessment. Fabrication of an approved project of the student's own design is encouraged. Prereq: WFT 227.

WFT 238 6.0

Students practice welding technique in preparation for the Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) welder certification test, using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process on steel plate. Students will assemble and weld test coupons, then perform destructive testing on test specimens. Students will evaluate weld quality using WABO standards. Students will follow Weld Procedure Specifications (WPS) and complete Performance Qualification Reports (PQR) prereq: WFT 121.

WFT 241 6.0

Students will engage in practicing welding technique in preparation for the Washington Association of Building Officials welder certification test, using the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) process on steel plate. Students will assemble and weld test coupons, then perform destructive testing on test specimens. Students will evaluate weld quality using WABO standards. Students will follow Weld Procedure Specifications (WPS) and complete Weld Performance Qualification Reports (WPQR) prereq: WFT 124.

WFT 242 6.0

Students practice welding technique in preparation for the Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) welder certification test, using the Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) process on steel plate. Students will assemble and weld test coupons, then perform destructive testing on test specimens. Students will evaluate weld quality using WABO standards. Students will follow Weld Procedure Specifications (WPS) and complete Welder Performance Qualification Reports (WPQR) prereq: WFT 125.

WFT 243 6.0

Students practice welding technique in preparation for the Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) welder certification test, using the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) process on steel plate. Students will assemble and weld test coupons, then perform destructive testing on test specimens. Students will evaluate weld quality using WABO standards. Students will follow Weld Procedure Specifications (WPS) and complete Welder Performance Qualification Reports (WPQR) prereq: WFT 127.

WFT 244 6.0

Students practice welding technique in preparation for the Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) welder certification test, using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process on steel pipe. Students will assemble and weld test coupons, then perform destructive testing on test specimens. Students will evaluate weld quality using WABO standards. Students will follow Weld Procedure Specifications (WPS) and complete Welder Performance Qualification Reports (WPQR) coreq: WFT 220.

WFT 245 6.0

Students will engage in practicing welding technique in preparation for the Washington Association of Building Officials welder certification test, using the GasTungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) process on steel pipe. Students will assemble and weld test coupons, then perform destructive testing on test specimens. Students will evaluate weld quality using WABO standards. Students will follow Weld Procedure Specifications (WPS) and complete Performance Qualification Reports (PQR) coreq: WFT 228.

WFT 246 6.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

This course is designed to help students from a variety of majors to master the composition skills needed for careers in business and industry. Students will learn the principles and conventions of technical writing and practice those conventions in a variety of assignments that would typically be encountered in the work place. Attention will also be paid to strengthening the surface and stylistic aspects of their writing. Prereq: placement into ENGL097. Section 70 online fee, section 77 hybrid fee, contact instructor and read sites.google.com/southseattle.edu/eLearning/welcome-letter Find your instructor's email at: people.seattlecolleges.edu

ENGL 107 5.0

Emphasis on applications of mathematics to vocational and technical courses. Prereq: Satisfactory performance on Math placement test. Section 70 online fee, section 77 hybrid fee, contact instructor and read sites.google.com/southseattle.edu/eLearning/welcome-letter Find your instructor's email at: people.seattlecolleges.edu

MATH 110 3.0

Covers dynamics of workplace organizations. Theory and concepts include major topics: communication, conflict, leadership, group process, ethics and management. Primarily for vocational students. Section 70 online fee, contact instructor and read http://sites.southseattle.edu/online/welcome-letter Find your instructor's email at: http://www.seattlecolleges.com/district/employeedirectory/directorysearch.aspx PREREQ: ENGL 105; ASSET: 43 W, 43 R; COMPASS: 68 W, 81 R

PSYC 240 3.0

The objectives of this course are to provide the students with an understanding of the features, limitations, and considerations associated with the operation of a computer-aided design/drafting (CAD) system. Students will gain valuable hands-on experience using the AutoCAD 2013 micro-based CAD software. Prereq: TDR 121 or concurrent enrollment.

TDR 131 4.0