WEL3615 BASIC WELDING PROCESSES
3 Credit Hours
This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or sophomore year and to area high school vocational students.
WEL 3615 - Basic Welding Processes (3 hrs.)
This lecture course is arranged to study the basic practices of various forms of electric arc and oxy-acetylene cutting and welding. Safety is emphasized in the use and care of equipment.
No previous welding experience required. Testing by appointment with instructor approval.
This course is devised to introduce the student to the various welding processes used in industry for fabrication and repair of equipment.
Upon completion of this course, the student will pass written tests on: weld shop safety, basic gas and arc welding, arc welding electrodes and filler wires, and basic welding metallurgy. The student will develop basic manipulative skills in SMAW (shielded metal arc welding), OAW (oxy-acetylene welding), OAC (oxy-acetylene, cutting), and use of common layout tools.
Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:
The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.
UNIT 1: INTRODUCTION TO WELDING
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, students will successfully identify the various welding processes used in today’s industry.
- Identify different processes used in industry.
- Evaluate occupational opportunities in welding.
UNIT 2: BASIC WELDING SAFETY
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will successfully identify unsafe conditions and practices.
- Identify unsafe conditions and practices.
- Set-up and operate shop equipment to safe standards.
UNIT 3: OXY-ACETYLENE CUTTING AND WELDING EQUIPMENT
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will successfully show the proper procedure for using oxy-acetylene equipment safely.
- Set up oxy-fuel cutting and welding torch assemblies.
- Associate various joint configuration and the proper methods of joining them.
UNIT 4: SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING EQUIPMENT SET-UP AND OPERATION
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will successfully identify various S.M.A.W. power sources and electrodes.
- Demonstrate proper equipment set-up for safe welding practices.
- Select proper electrodes to match position of welding and base metal.
UNIT 5: SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING OF PLATE STEEL
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will successfully identify proper techniques for joining metals using S.M.A.W.
- Associate various joint configurations with means of preparation.
- Explain methods used to produce sound welds in all positions.
UNIT 6: GAS METAL ARC WELDING EQUIPMENT SET-UP AND OPERATION
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will successfully identify various G.M.A.W. power sources and filler wires.
- Show how to set up equipment for safe welding practices.
- Classify various gases used in G.M.A.W. and explain the results of metal transfer across the arc.
UNIT 7: FLUX CORED ARC WELDING EQUIPMENT, SET-UP AND OPERATION
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will successfully identify conditions in which F.C.A.W. may be used in fabrication.
- Outline the differences in G.M.A.W. and F.C.A.W.
- Explain the advantages and disadvantages of F.C.A.W.
UNIT 8: GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING EQUIPMENT, SET-UP AND OPERATION
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully identify G.T.A.W. equipment and explain its function as a welding process.
- Set up G.T.A.W. equipment.
- Assess the advantages and disadvantages of G.T.A.W. vs S.M.A.W. and G.M.A.W. processes.
UNIT 9: WELDING METALLURGY
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully identify various metal and alloy groups.
- Identify physical properties of common metals used in manufacturing and their alloying contents.
- Point out how alloying elements affect physical properties.
Refer to Syllabus
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Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy.
Course Time Frame:
The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.
Refer to the following policies:
402.00 Academic Code of Conduct
263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades
403.00 Student Code of Conduct
Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.