Sedans and trucks, railroads and bridges, airplanes and trains — welders help make them all. In our Welding Technology program, students explore how these skilled workers shape the nation and its economy. They master the following skills while learning about the indispensable roles welders play in construction, manufacturing and other industries:
- Shielded metal, gas metal, flux cored and gas tungsten arc welding
- Manual oxyfuel and mechanized oxyfuel gas cutting
- Manual plasma and manual air carbon arc cutting
- Silver oxyfuel brazing and silver soldering
Instruction begins with safety, metallurgy and joint geometry as students gear up to practice welding butt joints, corner joints, T-joints, lap joints, edge joints. Before advancing to more complex techniques, they learn to recognize welding symbols and interpret drawings or sketches.
Working in a program lab outfitted with Air Concoa, ESAB, Lincoln Electric, Miller, Thermal Dynamic and Victor welding and cutting equipment, students develop their skills through a combination of expert instruction and hands-on training. They routinely team up with peers in other LCTI programs — precision machining, engineering, etc. — to design and fabricate custom parts. Plus, upperclassmen are encouraged to bolster their skills and their resumes by securing internships or co-op positions with local companies.