Technical Diploma

Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. Heat is applied to the pieces to be joined, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. Because of its strength, welding is used to construct and repair parts of ships, automobiles, spacecraft, and thousands of other manufactured products. Welding is used to join beams and steel reinforcing rods when constructing buildings, bridges, and other structures, and also in utilities such as nuclear power plants.

Graduates of the program will be experienced to welding structural steel, aluminum, stainless steel and other metals. They will develop the ability of blueprint reading, sketching, and layout for welding. Major job skills learned will include: Oxygen-Fuel Cutting (OFC), Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW), Metal Core Arc Welding (MCAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW).

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate industry-recognized safety practices             
  • Interpret welding drawings          
  • Produce Gas Metal Arc Welds (GMAW)    
  • Produce shielded metal arc welds (SMAW)             
  • Produce flux core welds 
  • Produce gas tungsten arc welds (GTAW)  
  • Perform cutting operations

View the entire course listing.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
442-317 Welding Shop Safety 1
442-318 Introduction to Welding 1
442-336 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 1 1
442-337 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 2 1
442-338 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 3 1
442-339 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 4 1
442-340 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 5 1
442-331 Flux Core Arc Welding 1 1
442-332 Flux Core Arc Welding 2 1
442-333 Flux Core Arc Welding 3 1
442-334 Flux Core Arc Welding 4 1
442-335 Flux Core Arc Welding 5 1
442-343 Welding Blueprint Reading 1 1
442-352 Thermal Cutting 1
804-306 Shop Mathematics I 2
Semester 2
442-320 Gas Metal Arc Welding 1 1
442-321 Gas Metal Arc Welding 2 1
442-322 Gas Metal Arc Welding 3 1
442-323 Gas Metal Arc Welding 4 1
442-324 Gas Metal Arc Welding 5 1
442-325 Gas Metal Arc Welding 6 1
442-326 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 1 1
442-327 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 2 1
442-328 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 3 1
442-329 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 4 1
442-330 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 5 1
442-341 Welding Certification 1
442-342 Advanced Welding Techniques 1
442-344 Welding Blueprint Reading 2 1
801-311 Communication 2
 Total Credits32

General Education Courses Within Program

804-306Shop Mathematics I2

Associate Degrees and Technical Diplomas are part of a larger model of BTC’s Career Pathways which link related academic programs in sequence.  Each program within a career pathway offers direct job preparation and a path to the next level of academic programming.  To view the connected program model, visit the Welding Career Path (PDF).