Welding Fabrication Technology

Welding Fabrication Technology

Associate of Applied Science - Transfer Degree (AAS-T)

The Welding Fabrication Technology Associate of Applied Science Transfer (AAS-T) 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).

This degree is designed for students to learn technical skills for employment, but who may also want to transfer to a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree program or a four-year institution.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Associate of Applied Science - Transfer Degree (AAS-T) Full Time: 6 to 7
Part Time: Part Time Option Not Available
101.0

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

There are no entry requirements for this program.

  • 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
Quarter 2
Quarter 3
Quarter 4
  • Credits :18.0
  • Resident Student Cost : $1,539.24
  • Non-Resident Student Cost : $1,691.30
  • International Student Cost : $3,375.94
  • Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,237.34
  • Non-Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,389.40
  • International BAS Student Cost : $6,237.70
Quarter 5
  • Credits :12.0
  • Resident Student Cost : $1,211.76
  • Non-Resident Student Cost : $1,359.20
  • International Student Cost : $3,004.96
  • Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,172.66
  • Non-Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,320.10
  • International BAS Student Cost : $6,168.40

Part Time

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Evening
  • Courses with a start time of 4:00 PM or later.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Weekend
  • Courses offered on Saturday or Sunday

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Daytime
  • Courses offered between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM

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
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

English 101 is a college-level course that emphasizes academic writing and major strategies of reading and writing analytically. Writing assignments focus on engaging with and responding to a variety of texts. Instruction encourages students to develop, through revision and reflection, as readers, writers, and critical thinkers. Prereq: Students must earn at least a 3.0 in ENGL 098 for placement into ENGL&101. Online courses: Online fee; email instructor and read http://sites.southseattle.edu/online/welcomeletter Find your instructors' email at http://www.seattlecolleges.com/directory Some sections of ENGL&101 are linked to ENGL 099, you must register for both. Linked courses have a T in the section number and are at the same day and time. Example Engl&101 .77T at 8:00am, matches with Engl 099 .77T at 8:00am

ENGL&101 5.0

Primarily for liberal arts majors. Designed to enhance mathematics literacy. Instructors choose college-level topics centered around a theme such as Environmental Math, History of Math, or General Topics in Math. Fulfills QSR requirement for AA degree. Minimum 2.0 required to meet Intermediate Algebra proficiency and QSR. Prereq: MATH 098, MATH 095 or placement test. Section 70 online fee, read http://sites.southseattle.edu/online/welcome-letter Find your instructor's email at: http://www.seattlecolleges.com/directory

MATH&107 5.0

Introduction to the scientific study of human behavior, including learning and thinking, development, perception, motivation, emotion, personality and individual differences, social and abnormal behavior, and research methods. PREREQ: placement into ENGL& 101. Section 70 online fee, section 77 hybrid fee, contact instructor and read http://sites.southseattle.edu/online/welcome-letter Find your instructor's email at: http://www.seattlecolleges.com/directory

PSYC&100 5.0

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
5.0