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Welding Technology

The Welding Technology Program at Kaskaskia College allows students to understand and explore the many avenues available for work enhanced by the skill of welding. Many professional trades use skilled welders (e.g. boilermakers, ironworkers, sheet metal mechanics, pipefitters and pipe welders, ship fitters and ship welders, automotive manufacturing, and aerospace industries.) Most of the better paying jobs in the metal fabrication trades will only let those individuals that have passed a qualification test do the work. Before students in the Welding Program can attain an A.W.S., A.S.M.E., or A.P.I. qualification report, they must demonstrate a strong desire for safety and a thorough understanding of materials, equipment and the tools used by someone utilizing this skill. The students learn how to develop the basic skills of welding from the three main arc processes taught (shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, and gas tungsten arc) and transform these basic skills into the ability to take a proctored welding qualification test. This would involve both structural plate and pipe welding tests. The complex world of metal fabrication and welding is examined in detail through the various courses of study offered in the Welding Technology Program.




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