Welding Technology (WELD), Certificate

At Dunwoody College of Technology, the Welding Technology certificate provides students with the entry-level skills and theoretical knowledge to perform the various welding, cutting and fabrication processes required in a 21st-century manufacturing facility. Graduates from this program are prepared to enter the industry as welders, fabricators, fitters, and inspectors.

The course of study includes: print reading; weld symbols; measurement and materials; job planning and layout; and metallurgy. Welding techniques instructed include: oxygen-fuel welding and cutting; shielded metal arc welding (SMAW-stick); gas metal arc welding (GMAW-MIG); gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW-TIG); and various fabrication processes.

The program's curriculum is closely aligned with standards set forth by the American Welding Society (AWS). Students may choose to utilize these credits to continue on for an AAS degree in Welding & Metal Fabrication.

Arts & Sciences curriculum supports the technical coursework by enhancing the students' communication, mathematics, and critical thinking skills.

Credits earned in the Welding Technology certificate directly transfer into Dunwoody's Welding & Metal Fabrication (WMET) associate's degree program. 

Credential Earned: Certificate
Length of Program: 1 year (2 semesters)
Classes Offered: Day
Available Starts: Fall Semester
  • Demonstrate required industry safety standards.
  • Interpret welding blueprints and symbols.
  • Fabricate weldments using multiple processes and positions.
  • Analyze weldments for quality.
General Requirements
ARTS1000Introduction to Drawing3
Communications3
Technical Requirements
WELD1110Introduction to Welding Lab5
WELD1120Introduction to Welding Theory4
WELD1130Welding Math, Prints & Symbols4
WELD1210Advanced Welding Lab5
WELD1220Advanced Welding Theory4
MDES1110Engineering Drawings with SolidWorks4
Total Credits32

The following sample academic plan demonstrates how a student's schedule might look on a semester-by-semester basis, including elective courses. Your actual degree plan may differ from this sequence, depending on whether you start in the fall or spring semester, what transfer credits you may have (if any), and which Arts & Sciences courses and electives you take and when you take them.

The sample academic plan is for informational purposes only. To determine your academic plan, please meet with an academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
WELD1110 Introduction to Welding Lab 5
WELD1120 Introduction to Welding Theory 4
WELD1130 Welding Math, Prints & Symbols 4
ARTS1000 Introduction to Drawing 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits16
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SpringCredits
WELD1210 Advanced Welding Lab 5
WELD1220 Advanced Welding Theory 4
MDES1110 Engineering Drawings with SolidWorks 4
Communications 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits16

Descriptions

WELD1110 | Introduction to Welding Lab | Laboratory (5 Credits)

Perform welding of standard joint designs on various thicknesses of steel plate. Practice oxyacetylene welding and cutting (OAW), stick welding (SMAW), and wire feed welding (GMAW). Introduction to tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding. Demonstrate shop safety, setup and troubleshooting of welding equipment and applications.

Corequisite(s): WELD1120 WELD1130

WELD1120 | Introduction to Welding Theory | Lecture (4 Credits)

Identification, recognition and calculations associated with weld joint designs and weld materials. Examine various weld processes: oxyacetylene welding and cutting (OAW), stick welding (SMAW), wire feed welding (GMAW). Introduction to tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding. Examine shop safety, setup and troubleshooting of welding equipment and applications.

Corequisite(s): WELD1110 WELD1130

WELD1130 | Welding Math, Prints & Symbols | Lecture (4 Credits)

Principles of weld print reading, measuring systems, decimal/fraction conversions, dimensioning, layout, orthographic views, technical math, and section views.

Corequisite(s): WELD1110 WELD1120

WELD1210 | Advanced Welding Lab | Laboratory (5 Credits)

Practice welding of steel plate and aluminum alloys using stick welding (SMAW), wire feed welding (GMAW) and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding. Demonstrate shop safety, grinding, finishing, and cutting practices in a final fabrication project.

Prerequisite(s): WELD1110

WELD1220 | Advanced Welding Theory | Lecture (4 Credits)

Identification, recognition and calculations associated with weld joint designs, weld gasses, and metallurgy. Examine various weld processes including oxyacetylene welding and cutting (OAW), stick welding (SMAW), wire feed welding (GMAW), and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding. Examine shop safety, setup and troubleshooting of welding equipment and applications.

Prerequisite(s): WELD1120

MDES1110 | Engineering Drawings with SolidWorks | Lecture (4 Credits)

Creation of 3D solid models, assemblies and related engineering documentation using SolidWorks. Blueprint reading and application of ASME/ANSI standards to CAD drawings.

ARTS1000 | Introduction to Drawing | Lecture (3 Credits)

Analyze basic drawing concepts and techniques through demonstrations, discussions, critiques, slide lectures, and the use of a sketchbook. Work from observation using line, tone and other elements of art to solve spatial, compositional and light problems to accurately render the illusion of 3-dimensional form on a 2-dimensional surface.

General Education: Humanities