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Welding Technology


Interested in the metalworking industry? RLC students have several options to work both hands-on and in the classroom to prepare for a growing workforce. With one 2-year degree and five occupational certificates, there is something for every student. The welding, soldering, and brazing industry is expected to grow by 2.4 percent, or 1,180 new jobs, between 2010 and 2020, reports the U.S. Department of Labor.

Welding programs are designed to provide the student with a wide range of welding experiences. Programs will cover welding theory, blueprint reading, metallurgy and inspection and test procedures. There will be extensive laboratory practice in SMAW, GMAW, GTAW and oxy-acetylene welding processes. The student will learn to weld with electrodes and wires in all positions common to the welding industry. Program completers will have adequate skills to qualify for employment as a welder.

Degrees & Certificates in Welding Technology

APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION

WELDING TECHNOLOGY - Degree

Associate in Applied Science Degree

The Welding Technology AAS will provide welding courses designed to assist welding professionals by expanding their knowledge base, core competencies and general education. Individually, each course addresses specific workplace situations. Additionally, successful completion of all courses offered demonstrates the student’s readiness to take the American Welding Society certification examinations.

► Total = 65 Hours

First Semester (18 Cr. Hrs.)

  • MATH 1201 Technical Mathematics 1 (3)
  • WELD 1270 Introduction to Welding Processes (4)
  • WELD 1272 Structural Shielded Metal Arc Welding (4)
  • WELD 1282 GMAW / GTAW Welding (4)
  • WELD 2274 Blueprint Reading (3)

Second Semester (12 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)
  • WELD 1284 GTAW Welding (3)
  • WELD 2240 Metallurgy and Heat Treatment (2)
  • WELD 2242 Weld Inspection for Quality Control (2)
  • WELD 2275 Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding (2)

Third Semester (19 Cr. Hrs.)

  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • CSCI 1101 Intro to Computers (3)
  • INEL 1291 Basic Electronics for Technicians (5)
  • MACH 1201 Machining Technology I (4)
  • WELD 2262 Pipe Welding I (4)

Fourth Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • IST 1221 Industrial Safety (2)
  • PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology or 
    PSYC 2106 Human Relations (3)
  • WELD 1283 GMAW / GTAW Pipe Welding (4)
  • WELD 2285 Pipe Welding II (4)
  • WELD 2276 FCAW Welding (3)

Technical Electives

  • COOP 1101 Cooperative Education (4)
  • IST 1230 Intro to Robotics (3)
  • IST 2220 Industrial Mechanics (4)
  • MACH 1202 Machining Technology II (4)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.

WELDING TECHNOLOGY - Certificate

Welding programs are designed to provide the student with a wide range of welding experiences. Programs will cover welding theory, blueprint reading, metallurgy and inspection and test procedures. There will be extensive laboratory practice in SMAW, GMAW, GTAW and oxy-acetylene welding processes. The student will learn to weld with electrodes and wires in all positions common to the welding industry. Program completers will have adequate skills to qualify for employment as a welder.

Gainful Employment Information: 

► Total = 24 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • WELD 1270 Introduction to Welding Processes (4)
  • WELD 1272 Structural Shielded Metal Arc Welding (4)
  • WELD 1282 GMAW / GTAW Welding (4)
  • WELD 2274 Blueprint Reading (3)

Second Semester (9 Cr. Hrs.)

  • WELD 1284 GTAW Welding (3)
  • WELD 2240 Metallurgy and Heat Treatment (2)
  • WELD 2242 Weld Inspection for Quality Control (2)
  • WELD 2275 Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding (2)

WELDING FUNDAMENTALS - Certificate

► Total = 12 Credit Hours

  • WELD 1270 Introduction to Welding Processes (4)
  • WELD 1272 Structural Shielded Metal Arc Welding (4)
  • WELD 1282 GMAW / GTAW Welding (4)

ADVANCED WELDING TECHNIQUES - Certificate

► Total = 12 Credit Hours

  • WELD 1284 GTAW Welding (3)
  • WELD 2240 Metallurgy and Heat Treatment (2)
  • WELD 2242 Weld Inspection for Quality Control (2)
  • WELD 2274 Blueprint Reading (3)
  • WELD 2275 Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding 1 (2)

1 Prerequisites: WELD 1270 & WELD 1272

PIPE WELDING TECHNOLOGY - Certificate

Prerequisite: The Welding Technology Certificate or five years documented experience as a welder, ability to pass the overhead and vertical up-bend test and permission of the instructor.

► Total = 12 Credit Hours

  • WELD 1283 GMAW / GTAW Pipe Welding (4)
  • WELD 2262 Pipe Welding I (4)
  • WELD 2285 Pipe Welding II (4)

ADVANCED METALWORKING - Certificate

This certificate is for those students who are seeking to improve their skills for the metalworking industry. Students will increase their skills in the welding, machining and layout processes that are commonly used in the metalworking industry. The skills learned will provide students with the necessary entry-level skills required by most small- to medium-sized metalworking job shops.

Gainful Employment Information

► Total = 19 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • WELD 1270 Introduction to Welding Processes (4)
  • WELD 1272 Structural Shielded Metal Arc Welding (4)
  • WELD 1282 GMAW / GTAW Welding (4)
  • WELD 2274 Blueprint Reading for Welders (3)

Second Semester (4 Cr. Hrs.)

  • MACH 1201 Machining Technology I (4)

Program Outcomes

Welding

  • Recognize the various type of welding (mig, tig, arc, pipe, etc.)
  • Interpret lines, assembly, welding symbols, testing symbols, and abbreviation on welding blueprints.
  • Interpret hand sketches
  • Perform the mathematical functions of addition, subtraction, fractions, decimal, and angular measurements.
  • Perform weld bend applications per AWS guidelines.
  • Inspect weld bend applications
  • Demonstrate appropriate safety measures to identify occupational hazards.

Headlines


  • Reese earns top honor at RLC Welding competition

      INA, Ill. (April 30, 2021) – Several local high school students participated in the Rend Lake College Annual Welding Contest, with five scoring high enough to receive prizes. Academic awards were given to the top students to attend the RLC welding program in the Fall 2021 semester. In addition to the academic awards, winners receive gloves, and the first place finisher -- Jonathan Reese of...
  • RLC earns national recognition for its trade programs

    INA, Ill. (Oct. 5, 2020) — Rend Lake College’s trade programs rate among the best in the nation, according to a recent ranking from education website Learn.org. Learn.org recently published its list of the 50 Best Trade Schools Programs for the 2020-21 school year and RLC landed in the No. 18 spot. The website’s editorial team considered hundreds of universities across the country and selected...
  • Apprenticeship programs showcased at RLC

    INA, Ill. (Feb. 26, 2020) — Students and businesses from around the region got a firsthand look at how apprenticeships benefit the local workforce Wednesday at Rend Lake College. RLC hosted Apprenticeship Works! — a program that showcased how local businesses have worked with the college to give students on-the-job training that will benefit them during their future careers. Current students...

Faculty & Staff


Dean of Applied Science & Technology
Phone Extension: 1292
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 138
M.S. & B.S., Southern Illinois University
Welding Associate Professor
Phone Extension: 1272
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 135
A.A.S. & O.C., Rend Lake College | Certified Welder | Certified Pipe Welder | Certified Downhill Pipe Welder
Administrative Assistant | Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone Extension: 1261
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 139
A.A. & A.S., Rend Lake College | A.S., John A. Logan College
Welding Instructor
Phone Extension: 1345
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 109
A.A.S. & O.C., Rend Lake College


Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1261
Email: AppliedScience@rlc.edu
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Applied Science
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Applied Science



 

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