Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be a certified welder when I finish the diploma or certificate program?
No, but through hard work and dedication to your studies, you will have achieved the skills required to become a certified welder. Welding certification is something that is outside the curriculim of the Welding and Joining Technology program.
All welding classes follow very closely the standards set by the nationally recognized American Welding Society.
Most of the welding processes and procedures follow the AWS D1.1 structural steel code book.
However, your instructor will have access to a Certified Welding Inspector who can administer a Welder Performance Qualification Test to become a Qualified Welder.
There is a charge for the test that is paid to the Inspector.
This fee is NOT covered by any financial aid and is non- refundable, if you do not pass the test.
Your instructor will let you know if he or she feels you are ready to attempt the test. Some of these tests are very costly.
What will I need to buy for the class?
Other than the required text books, there is some equipment that is needed for the welding classes.
Certain equipment is not supplied by the school and must be obtained by the student before any work can be done in the lab area.
These items are mainly personal protective gear and small hand tools.
All items needed for the class will be discussed by your instructor the first day of class.
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Welding and Joining Technology Program