Welding Technology

Introduction

Welding is a highly skilled trade that provides job opportunities in Southside Virginia and across the country. Many businesses and industries in the Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) area employ welders and the demand for welders with basic welding skills is expected to continue to grow due to new business growth and the retirement of experienced welders. 

Welding skills are used in many fields and professions including:

 

  • Construction
  • Structural Iron Work
  • Manufacturing
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Boiler & Pressure Vessel
  • Pipefitting
  • Machinist
  • Sheet Metal
  • Power Generation
  • Industrial & Commercial Maintenance
  • Underwater Welding
  • Agriculture / Farming
  • Timber Industry
  • Motorsports
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Home Hobbyist
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Automotive & Diesel Service

Programs

Southside Virginia Community College offers two certificates in welding, the Career Studies Certificate and Advanced Certificate.

Career studies Certificate
 

The Career Studies Certificate Program is designed to prepare students for entry level welding certification testing. Consisting of 17 credit hours, the program follows the guidelines developed by the American Welding Society. It is designed to teach basic welding and safety skills in such welding processes such as, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Stick), Gas Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, and reading and interpretation of welding drawings.  Program participants will also have an opportunity to pursue more advanced techniques/projects of particular interest to them.  The Career Studies Certificate typically takes one year to complete taking evening courses.

Welding Career Studies Certificate

Course

Description

Credits

WEL 120

Introduction to Welding

3

WEL 123

Arc Welding I

3

WEL 160

Gas Metal Arc Welding

3

WEL 130

Inert Gas Welding **(TIG)

3

WEL 150

Blueprint Reading and Drawing for Welders

3

WEL 195

Topics In Welding

2

 

Total

17

 

Certificate Program

The SVCC Welding Certificate Program is designed to provide advanced welding skill training that will be useful in a broad range of industrial careers. This curriculum provides both hands-on training and a detailed knowledge base in the most prevalent welding and cutting processes used in industry today.  Students will also become proficient with metalworking tools used in manufacturing and fabrication, learn to read technical drawings, develop basic hand drafting skills, and train for welding certification tests in structural plate and pressure pipe. This Certificate typically takes two years to complete taking evening courses.

Welding Certificate Program

Course

Description

Credits

WEL 120

Introduction to Welding

3

WEL 123

Arc Welding I

3

WEL 124

Arc Welding II

3

WEL 160

Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG)

3

WEL 130

Inert Gas Welding (TIG)

3

WEL 150

Blueprint Reading and Drawing for Welders

3

WEL 126

Pipe Welding I

3

WEL 138

Pipe and Tube Welding (TIG)

2

WEL 116

Oxy-Acetylene Welding & Brazing

2

MAC 131

Machine Lab I

2

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

ENG EEE

English  Composition Course

3

--- EEE

General Education Elective

2-3

 

 

 

 

Total

33-34

 

Course Descriptions

WEL 120 - Introduction to Welding (3 CR)
Introduces history of welding processes.  Covers types of equipment and assembly of units. Stresses welding procedures such as fusion, non-fusion, and cutting oxyacetylene. Introduces arc welding. Emphasizes procedures in the use of tools and equipment.

WEL 123 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding I (3-4CR)
Teaches operation of AC and DC power sources, welding polarities, heats and electrodes for use in joining various metal alloys in all positions by the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (stick) process. Begins training to pass AWS SMAW Structural Plate Certification Test

WEL 124 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding II (3-4CR)
Continues instruction on operation of AC and DC power sources, welding polarities, heats and electrodes for use in joining various metal alloys by the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (stick) process. Provides training to pass AWS SMAW Structural Plate Certification Test and open root plate welding (pre-pipe). Successful completion of WEL 123 required to enroll. 

WEL 130 - Inert Gas Welding (TIG) (3-4 CR)
Introduces practical operations in the uses of Gas Tungsten Arc Welding GTAW or TIG welding. Discusses equipment, safety operations, welding practice in the various positions, process applications.

WEL 150 - Welding Drawing and Interpretation (3 CR)
Teaches fundamentals required for successful drafting as applied to the welding industry. Includes blueprint reading, geometric principles of drafting and freehand sketching, basic  principles of orthographic projection, preparation of drawings and interpretation of symbols.  

WEL 160 - Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG) (3 CR)
Introduces practical operations in the uses of inert-gas- shield arc welding. Discusses equipment, safety operations, welding practice in the various positions, process applications, and manual and semi-automatic welding.

WEL 195 - Topics In (2-3 CR)
Provides the opportunity to prepare for national welding certification based on a student's occupational interests or to explore special areas of interest.  Variable credit hours.

WEL 116 - Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Brazing (2 CR)
Teaches oxygen/acetylene welding, brazing and cutting including safety of equipment, welding, brazing and soldering procedures and cutting procedures.

WEL 126 - Pipe Welding I (3-CR)

Teaches Shielded Metal Arc Welding of pressure piping in all positions in accordance with section IX of the ASME code. Successful completion of WEL 124 required to enroll. 

WEL 138 - Pipe and Tube Welding (2 CR)

Develops entry level skills for the Gas Tungsten Arc welding process with emphasis on thin and thick wall carbon and stainless steel piping and tubing. Successful completion of WEL 130 required to enroll. 

MAC 131 - Welding Drawing and Interpretation (3 CR)

Teaches fundamental machine shop operations, bench work,layout, measuring tools, safety.

The three main welding processes taught at SVCC are:

 

 STICK Welding
weldingShielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), also known as STICK Welding, is an arc welding process using a coated electrode typically applied manually.  It produces a high quality weld and can be used on different types of metals of varying thicknesses with excellent uniformity.  It has a wide range of applications in industry.

 MIG Welding
weldingGas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), also known as MIG Welding, is an arc welding process using a continuous feed filler wire and is used widely in the sheet metal industry as it is both fast and economical.  A variation on this is Flux Core Arc Welding.

TIG Welding
weldingGas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), also known as TIG, is an arc welding process using a non-consumed tungsten electrode with filler wire fed manually.  This process produces high quality welds, can be used on almost any metal and is used for more precise welding requirements.

 

Instructors

• David Braun

David grew up in Farmville VA.  He has a BS Architecture from the University of Virginia and an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  David began his career in architecture and moved to architectural fabrication and welding.  He has 17 years experience in welding, is an AWS Certified Welding Inspector, AWS Certified Welding Educator, and holds multiple AWS and ASME welding certifications. David has been teaching welding in Keysville since 2009.  He currently teaches dual enrollment welding.

• Jeff Vance

Jeff grew up in Buckingham County, Virginia.  He graduated with vocational studies in welding and horticulture.  He then earned his Career Studies Certificate in welding from SVCC, while working in the welding industry.  Jeff has experience with pipe fitting, heavy equipment, structural, ornamental, fabrication and repair. He  holds multiple AWS structural steel welding certifications and ASME pipe welding certifications in steel and stainless steel.  Jeff began teaching afternoon and evening classes in Keysville, VA in 2013.

• John Evans

 John was born and raised in South Hill, VA.  After graduating from Park View Senior High School, he completed the welding program at Southside Skills Center in Crewe, VA. John worked as a union boilermaker for 26 years and then as a first class welder for Dominion Virginia Power for 18 years.  John has experience and certifications for some of the most demanding welding performed in industry.  John began teaching full time for SVCC in both the dual enrollment welding and evening welding classes at the Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in Fall 2014.

• Derrick Napier

Derrick grew up and lives in Charlotte County, Virginia.  He worked as a journeyman welder in the Local 10 Plumbers and Steamfitters union for 12 years.  He then worked for Domion Virginia Power as a Welder for 28 years until his retirement from Clover power station in 2010.  Derrick has over 40 years of experience in the power generation industry welding pressure pipe, vessels and structural steel.  Over his career, Derrick has earned numerous welding certifications for some of the most demanding welding performed in industry.  Derrick teaches TIG welding and pipe welding part-time on the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville, VA.

 • Doug Newcomb

Doug grew up in Keysville, Virginia.  He graduated from SVCC with an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and transferred to Virginia Tech where he earned a a BA degree in Political Science.  He worked for Burlington Industries for 20 years in preventive maintenance, and has been teaching Dual Enrollment Motorsports Technology and Welding for Halifax County High School for the last 10 years and evening welding courses at Halifax County High School for 2 years.  He has been involved with racing from his teenage years to the present and has competed as a driver and pit crew member in the NASCAR Weekly Racing series.  Doug has years of experience in race car chassis fabrication, welding and machining.  Doug holds multiple AWS structural steel welding certifications.  

Locations

SVCC currently has two state-of-the-art welding training facilities:

  • SVCC Daniel Campus
    200 Daniel Road
    Keysville, VA
  • Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center
    118 East Danville Street
    South Hill, VA
    (434) 955-2252

Cost

Tuition Rates

Financial aid is available.  Contact:

  • Financial Aid Office – Alberta – (434) 949-1094
  • Financial Aid Office – Keysville – (434) 736-2091

Admission Requirements and Forms

Most materials are provided by Southside Virginia Community College.  However the textbook and some instructional materials may have to be purchased by the student.

In addition to preparing individuals for entry level welding jobs, many of the welding skills developed in this program (and some of the credits) can be transferred to other high skill/high wage workforce training programs offered at SVCC such as:

Depending on individual program requirements, some of the welding program course credits will transfer into the above programs.  In most cases the program course requirements for a Career Study Certificate in Welding Technology can be completed in one year or less attending evening classes.

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