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    Department Co-Chairs:
    Dean Dowless, Fred Stuewe

    Additional Faculty:

    Dave Ketler

    541-917- 4580

    Welding and fabrication is a rewarding career for men and women who enjoy challenges and like to work with their hands. Welding is used in constructing ships, automobiles, bridges, buildings, aircraft equipment and many other products. In the welding process, heat is used to fuse metal pieces together. Soldering and brazing are similar processes that are used on electronic and other small equipment.

    Personal qualities desirable in a welder/fabricator include mechanical ability, preciseness and creativity. A welder/fabricator must be in good physical condition and be able to stand, stoop, kneel and bend. Good eyesight, especially depth perception, is necessary. The ability to work as a team is a valuable asset, but a welder/fabricator must also have the initiative to work independently.

    People already employed in welding or a related field may upgrade their skills by enrolling in the classes offered through the Welding and Fabrication Department. Welding I, Welding II, and Preparation for Certification classes offer students exposure to welding processes and practices. Advanced coursework to prepare for certification in pipe or plate welding is available with instructor permission. Testing is done by an independent agency.

    It is recommended that students enter the program in September, although admission is possible at other times, depending on space
    availability and/or the student’s previous experience.
    The Welding and Fabrication Technology program supports student participation in Skills USA and the student membership program with the American Welding Society (AWS).

    Student Learning Outcomes
    Students who successfully complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in Welding and Fabrication Technology will:

    • Follow safe practices.
    • Demonstrate work ethic.
    • Use welding processes and equipment.
    • Interpret blueprints.
    • Apply appropriate metallurgical principles.

    Pipefitter Welder:

    • Calculate and lay out pipe.
    • Read, synthesize and apply industry codes.
    • Demonstrate pipe welding skills.

    Industrial Mechanic (Millwright):

    • Solve and repair industrial equipment.


    • Select correct materials and procedures to build projects.


    Program Requirements
    The Welding and Fabrication Department offers several options to prepare people for entry-level positions in welding repair, welder fabricator, industrial mechanics and pipefitter/welder; all of them provide training in welding procedures, print reading, fabrication and layout. Students wanting to enter the program should have basic math and high school-level reading skills. Interested students should consider the Associate of Applied Science degree or the two-year certificate.

    The welding shop is a large, modern facility with up-to-date equipment. It has 29 oxyacetylene stations, 29 manual-stick electrode stations, 44 MIG and 22 TIG stations. Other equipment includes plasma arc, Computer/Numerical Controlled flame and plasma cutting, template cutting, shearing, bending, rolling, drilling and rigging equipment. Classrooms are conveniently located next to the shop and audiovisual materials are available.

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