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Gas Metal Arc Welding Certificate (GMAW)

The Gas Metal Arc Welding Certificate (GMAW) is offered at LSC-CyFair and LSC-North Harris. For more information, please contact the Welding Technology Department.

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Program Description

The welding technology certificate program prepares the student for entry-level employment as a structural welder. The program provides the essential skills and safety practices in SMAW welding procedures in both structural plate and pipe. Courses completed in this certificate program may be applied toward the welding technology associate of applied science degree.

Creation of a product or system requires inspection and testing to ensure conformance to specification and reliability of operation. The certificate programs in nondestructive inspection and nondestructive testing are designed to train students in entry level skills relevant to such industries as shipbuilding, aeronautic, piping and vessel fabrication, bridge building and residential construction. The introduction of ISO (International Organization for Standardization) has expanded and enhanced the demand for qualified inspectors and NDT technicians.

New developments in the fields of space exploration, oceanography and nanotechnology, as well as the demand for lighter and stronger engineering materials, improved coating for materials and advanced welding techniques mean that inspectors and technicians must receive a higher level of training.

The nondestructive testing certificate is intended to provide training to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. Testing methods covered include codes (AWS, ASME), metallurgy, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle and ultrasonics. Courses meet the requirements of American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) recommended practice SNT-TC-1A.

The nondestructive inspection certificate includes film (radiography) interpretation and other means of inspecting a material, weldment or product while maintaining structural integrity. This certificate program provides an in-depth coverage of the American Welding Society (AWS) and American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) codes for structural welding and pressure vessel fabrication. This program adequately prepares students for the AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) examination.

The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. Contact a counselor, or faculty member at any of the colleges for specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses.

First Year Credits

First Semester Credit

Course Number Title Credits
WLDG 1413 Introduction to Blueprint Reading for Welders 4
WLDG 1421 Introduction to Welding Fundamentals 4

TOTAL First Semester Credits:

8

Second Semester Credit

Course Number Title Credits
WLDG 1430 Introduction to Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) 4
WLDG1 2447 Advanced Metal Arc Welding 4

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:

8

Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for
Gas Metal Arc Welding Certificate (GMAW):

16

  1. Capstone course
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