Welding (WEL) at Virginia Highlands Community College


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WEL 110 - Welding Processes
Introduces types of welding, their advantages and disadvantages. Points out effects of welds on metals to be machined. Provides practice and demonstration in welding.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
WEL 115 - Arc and Gas Welding
Presents arc and gas welding practices. Discusses safety, general welding practices and effects of welding on metals.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
WEL 117 - Oxyfuel Welding and Cutting
Introduces history of oxyacetylene welding, principles of welding and cutting, nomenclature of the equipment, development of the puddle, running flat beads, and butt welding in different positions. Explains silver brazing, silver and soft soldering, and safety procedures in the use of tools and equipment.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3-6 hours. Total 5-8 hours per week.
3-4 credits
WEL 120 - Introduction to Welding
Introduces history of welding processes. Covers types of equipment, and assembly of units. Stresses welding procedures such as fusion, non-fusion, and cutting oxyacetylene. Introduces arc welding. Emphasizes procedures in the use of tools and equipment.
Lecture 1-2 hours. Laboratory 2-3 hours. Total 3-5 hours per week.
2-3 credits
WEL 123 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Basic)
Teaches operation of AC and DC power sources, welding polarities, heats and electrodes for use in joining various metal alloys by the arc welding process. Deals with running beads, butt, and fillet welds in all positions. Emphasizes safety procedures.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3-6 hours. Total 5-8 hours per week.
3-4 credits
WEL 124 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Advanced)
Continues instruction on operation of AC and DC power sources, welding polarities, heats and electrodes for use in joining various metal alloys by the arc welding process. Deals with running beads, butt, and fillet welds in all positions. Emphasizes safety procedures.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3-6 hours. Total 5-8 hours per week.
3-4 credits
WEL 130 - Inert Gas Welding
Introduces practical operations in the uses of inert-gas- shield arc welding. Discusses equipment, safety operations, welding practice in the various positions, process applications, and manual and semi-automatic welding.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3-6 hours. Total 5-8 hours per week.
3-4 credits
WEL 135 - Inert Gas Welding
Introduces practical operations in use of inert gas shielded arc welding. Studies equipment operation, setup, safety and practice of GMAW (MIG) and GTAW (TIG).
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
2 credits
WEL 136 - Welding III (Inert Gas)
Studies Tungsten and metallic inert gas procedures and practices including principles of operation, shielding gasses, filler rods, process variations and applications, manual and automatic welding, equipment and safety.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
2 credits
WEL 150 - Welding Drawing and Interpretation
Teaches fundamentals required for successful drafting as applied to the welding industry. Includes blueprint reading, geometric principles of drafting and freehand sketching, basic principles of orthographic projection, preparation of drawings and interpretation of symbols.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
WEL 160 - Gas Metal Arc Welding
Introduces semi-automatic welding processes with emphasis on practical application. Includes the study of filler wires, fluxes, and gases.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3-6 hours. Total 5-8 hours per week.
3-4 credits
WEL 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
WEL 198 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
WEL 295 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits