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Electric Arc Welding



The technical curriculum of this program will take place at Precision Manufacturing Institute in Meadville, PA. The technical curriculum will account for 28 to a maximum of 30 credits. In addition to the technical curriculum, students will complete 35 credits of core curriculum courses to complete the requirements of the Associate of Applied Science degree from Clarion University.

The Electric Arc Welding program provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical application necessary to adjoin similar and dissimilar metals and perform a variety of other welding associated tasks commonly found in the metals fabrication industry. This program will equip the student with the entry-level fundamental knowledge and skill for entry into the welding and fabrication field.

Courses include: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW I), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW II), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and Pipe Welding (GTAW)

Program Objectives:

-          Select and apply proper welding parameters for various materials and work configuration.

-          Identify and select the proper tools and equipment for various materials and work configuration.

-          Understand the importance of safety and health issues/practices used in welding.

-          Identify numerous blueprint symbols and possess the understanding of math in the occupation.

-          Have working knowledge of dimensioning practices and tolerances.

-          Understand the various filler metals and their proper applications.

-          Understand classifications and properties of the materials used in the welding and fabrication industry.


What is Electrical Arc Welding?

Electrical arc welding is a  process utilizing the concentrated heat of an electric arc to join metal by fusion of the parent metal and the addition of metal to the joint usually provided by a consumable electrode. Electric current for the welding arc may be either direct or alternating, depending upon the material to be welded and the characteristics of the electrode used. Electrical Welding is less complicated than the intricate processes of conventional welding.

Employment Opportunities

Students will be prepared for entry-level employment in the welding, metal and fabrication field.


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