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Welding (SOC CODE: 51-4121.06)

Job Description Overview

Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

Related Careers

  • Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters
  • Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
  • Solderers and Brazers
  • Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic
  • Team Assemblers
  • Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • Commercial Divers
  • Helpers--Production Workers
  • Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
  • Boilermakers

Sample Job Duties

  • Weld components in flat, vertical, or overhead positions.
  • Operate safety equipment and use safe work habits.
  • Lay out, position, align, and secure parts and assemblies prior to assembly, using straightedges, combination squares, calipers, and rulers.
  • Examine workpieces for defects and measure workpieces with straightedges or templates to ensure conformance with specifications.
  • Recognize, set up, and operate hand and power tools common to the welding trade, such as shielded metal arc and gas metal arc welding equipment.
  • Weld separately or in combination, using aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron, and other alloys.
  • Clamp, hold, tack-weld, heat-bend, grind or bolt component parts to obtain required configurations and positions for welding.
  • Select and install torches, torch tips, filler rods, and flux, according to welding chart specifications or types and thicknesses of metals.
  • Ignite torches or start power supplies and strike arcs by touching electrodes to metals being welded, completing electrical circuits.
  • Connect and turn regulator valves to activate and adjust gas flow and pressure so that desired flames are obtained.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Welding Certificate

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate E0919

      This program is designed to prepare the student for employment in the broad field of welding and

      1. leads to occupations in manufacturing and repair; and
      2. helps prepare the student for positions in supervision.

      Courses in the welding curriculum prepare students for welding certificates. The College is a testing agency for the City of Los Angeles, and is authorized to administer the performance test for the Structural Welding certificate. There is a $50 charge for students and $60 for nonstudents to take this test. Topics of the written portion of the test which is administered by the City are reviewed in various welding courses offered by the College.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      WELD 40Introduction to Welding2
      WELD 70ABeginning Arc Welding 13
      WELD 70BIntermediate Arc Welding3
      Total Units8

      Recommended Electives

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      WELD 60Print Reading and Computations for Welders3
      WELD 70CCertification for Welders3

      Air Conditioning & Welding Website 

      Guided Pathway of Study

    • Welding: Automotive

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate T0931

      Prepares students for entry-level employment as a licensed welder with additional skills development and theory in automotive welding, cutting and modification. Coursework prepares students for industry licensing with emphasis on competencies required for certification in structural steel welding and specialty skills in automotive welding.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      WELD 40Introduction to Welding 12
      WELD 50Oxyacetylene Welding2
      WELD 51Basic Electric Arc Welding2
      WELD 53AWelding Metallurgy3
      WELD 60Print Reading and Computations for Welders3
      WELD 70ABeginning Arc Welding3
      WELD 70BIntermediate Arc Welding3
      WELD 70CCertification for Welders3
      WELD 80Construction Fabrication and Welding3
      WELD 81Pipe and Tube Welding3
      WELD 91Automotive Welding, Cutting and Modification1
      Total Units28

      Air Conditioning & Welding Website 

    • Welding: Gas Tungsten Arc

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate T0932

      Prepares students for entry-level employment as a licensed welder with additional skills development and theory in gas tungsten ARC welding. Coursework prepares students for industry licensing with emphasis on competencies required for certification in aluminum, CRES, mild steel and selected exotic metals with specialty skills in gas tungsten ARC welding.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      WELD 40Introduction to Welding 12
      WELD 50Oxyacetylene Welding2
      WELD 51Basic Electric Arc Welding2
      WELD 53AWelding Metallurgy3
      WELD 60Print Reading and Computations for Welders3
      WELD 70ABeginning Arc Welding3
      WELD 70BIntermediate Arc Welding3
      WELD 70CCertification for Welders3
      WELD 80Construction Fabrication and Welding3
      WELD 81Pipe and Tube Welding3
      WELD 90AGas Tungsten Arc Welding3
      Total Units30

      Air Conditioning & Welding Website 

      Guided Pathway of Study

    • Welding: Licensed Welder

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate L0930

      This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in the broad field of welding, including manufacturing construction, fabrication and repair. Through theoretical and hand-on skills coursework students prepare for industry licensing with an understanding of current guidelines and standards. Particular emphasis is placed on those competencies required for certification in structural steel welding. Course sequences can be modified to reflect industry experience or other individual needs.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      WELD 40Introduction to Welding 12
      WELD 50Oxyacetylene Welding2
      WELD 51Basic Electric Arc Welding2
      WELD 53AWelding Metallurgy3
      WELD 60Print Reading and Computations for Welders3
      WELD 70ABeginning Arc Welding3
      WELD 70BIntermediate Arc Welding3
      WELD 70CCertification for Welders3
      WELD 80Construction Fabrication and Welding3
      WELD 81Pipe and Tube Welding3
      Total Units27

      Air Conditioning & Welding Website 

      Guided Pathway of Study

    • Welding: Semiautomatic Arc Welding

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate T0933

      Prepares students for entry-level employment as a licensed welder with additional skills development and theory in semiautomatic ARC welding. Coursework prepares students for industry licensing with emphasis on competencies required for certification in structural steel welding and specialty skills in semiautomatic ARC welding.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      WELD 40Introduction to Welding 12
      WELD 50Oxyacetylene Welding2
      WELD 51Basic Electric Arc Welding2
      WELD 53AWelding Metallurgy3
      WELD 60Print Reading and Computations for Welders3
      WELD 70ABeginning Arc Welding3
      WELD 70BIntermediate Arc Welding3
      WELD 70CCertification for Welders3
      WELD 80Construction Fabrication and Welding3
      WELD 81Pipe and Tube Welding3
      WELD 90BSemiautomatic Arc Welding Process3
      Total Units30

      Air Conditioning & Welding Website 

    • Welding: AS Degree

      Technology and Health Division
      Degree S0919

      This program is designed to prepare the student for employment in the broad field of welding. It leads to occupations in manufacturing and repair and helps prepare the student for positions in supervision.

      Courses in the welding curriculum prepare students for welding certification. The college is a testing agency for the City of Los Angeles and is authorized to administer the performance test for the Structural Welding Certificate. There is a $50 charge for students and $60 for non-students to take this test. Topics of the written portion of the test which is administered by the city are reviewed in various welding courses offered by the college. This program is intended to prepare students for employment following graduation. Students desiring a bachelor’s degree (transfer program) should consult with a counselor or advisor to discuss transferability of courses.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      WELD 40Introduction to Welding2
      WELD 50Oxyacetylene Welding2
      WELD 51Basic Electric Arc Welding2
      WELD 53AWelding Metallurgy3
      WELD 70ABeginning Arc Welding3
      WELD 70BIntermediate Arc Welding3
      WELD 70CCertification for Welders3
      WELD 80Construction Fabrication and Welding3
      Total Units21

      Recommended Electives

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      BUSM 61Business Organization and Management3
      WELD 30Metal Sculpture2
      WELD 60Print Reading and Computations for Welders3
      WELD 81Pipe and Tube Welding3
       
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