Welders are skilled people who like to work with their hands. A welder can find work almost anywhere from the smallest shop down the street to the largest industrial complex in our major cities. All hard goods manufactured make extensive use of welding in building cars, trucks, buses, trains, ships, aircraft, space vehicles, farm implements, and jewelry.

A graduate welder is capable of welding ferrous and nonferrous metals in all positions and can operate shears, drills, and power tools. A welder is competent in layout, cutting, and forming metals and determining electrodes and filler metal to be used. They must know how to work from blueprints and written procedures and know welding symbols. The welding program at Eastern Wyoming College is centered in the Mechanical Arts Building and is set up as close to industry as is possible. Each student is assigned a welding machine, table, and positioner. Discussion of safety rules, regulations, and safe use of equipment are included in the curriculum.

The objectives of the program are to enable the student to meet entry-level requirements for employment, build a basis for further study, and for lifelong learning in the metal working trades. Students will study both the theory and practice of shielded metal arc welding, oxyacetylene welding, gas tungsten arc welding, gas metal arc welding, and flux cored arc welding. Technical aspects of the above processes are taught with emphasis on plate and pipe welding of mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions are covered in each area. The theory and practice of mechanical and manual cutting with oxyacetylene and air carbon arc cutting and gouging, joint design, preparation and layout of plate and pipe are also included in the program.

Students will be required to qualify in each of the processes listed above. Specimens completed will be examined and tested in the testing lab using one or more of the following test methods: dye penetrant, macroetch, guided bend, and tensile test. All testing will be done in accordance with the American Welding Society Structural Welding Code D1.1; The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Section IX of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code; and The American Petroleum Institute Standard for Welding Pipelines. Eastern Wyoming College is an AWS Accredited Test Center.

Freshman Year – Fall Semester

Class Credit Hours
WELD 1700 – General Welding 3
WELD 1755 – Shielded Metal Arc Welding 5
WELD 1773 – Gas Metal Arc Welding 2
WELD 2670 – Welding Inspection 3
Freshman Foundations 1
Total Credit Hours: 14

Freshman Year – Spring Semester

Class Credit Hours
ENTK-2501- Intro to Computer Aided Drafting I 1
ENTK 1510 – Drafting I 1
MCHT 1500 – General Machine Shop 2
WELD 1650 – Print Reading: Welding Symbols 3
WELD 1760 – Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding 4
WELD 1772 – Flux-Core Arc Welding 2
WELD 2680 – Welding Metallurgy 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Sophomore Year – Fall Semester

Class Credit Hours
MATH 1515 – Applied Technical Mathematics 3
POLS 1050 – Basics in U.S. and WY Government 2
WELD 1780 – Gas-Tungsten Arc Welding Plate 3
WELD 2500 – Structural Welding 5
Communications 1 3
Total Credit Hours 16

Sophomore Year – Spring Semester

Class Credit Hours
MCHT 1610 – Machine Tool Technology I 2
WELD 2510 – Pipe Welding I 4
WELD 2520 – Pipe Welding II 5
WELD 2645 – SMAW and GTAW 2
WELD 2790 – Semiautomatic Pipe Welding 2
Outcomes Assessment:
National Competency Exam (Included in WELD 2520) 0
Total Credit Hours: 15