The Welding Technology program at Kishwaukee College is dedicated to continuously meeting the needs of the students and the community. Training is provided in Oxy-Fuel cutting, brazing and welding, as well as arc welding in the SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding), GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding), GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding), and FCAW (Flex Co red Arc Welding) processes. In addition, welding courses, there are courses in layout and fabrication to train the student for real-world welding and fabrication work. The materials that are worked with in the program are mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Students will weld materials from 18 gauge sheet metal up to structural thickness of plate as well as thin and heavy wall pipe. Students may also weld and fabricate sturctural materials such as channels, angles, beams, and tubes in the Fabrication course. As a student of welding, you could also develop skills for the rapidly growing maintenance and repair welding occupations. Courses in Machine Trades Blueprints and Welding Certification prep are also available. Experienced instructors in small classes and laboratory settings allow for a top-notch education at an affordable price.
Each student is required to furnish the required equipment below. This same basic equipment is used for all lab courses. Specific information will be provided at the first class meeting.
All welding equipment may be purchased as a package through the College bookstore.
- Welding hood with a shade #10 lens or with an auto darkening lens
- Torch glasses, goggles, or face shield #3 or #5 shade
- Gloves—Gauntlet type, leather or cloth
- Safety glasses
- Chipping hammer
- Wire brush
- Welding sleeves or jacket
- Wire cutters
- Pliers or vice grips
- Work boots
This program is part of the Architecture & Construction Career Cluster.
High School Programs of Study guides
Welding has been the most common way to permanently join metal parts since 4000 B.C. In the last half century, welding and joining have become a science and art. With increasing advances through research and development, the field of welding now includes knowledge and skills from metallurgy, ceramics, physics, heat transfer, electrical engineering, engineering mechanics, lasers, thermal spraying, micro-joining, and robotics. Because of its strength, welding is used in nearly all fields of manufacturing.
American Welding Society (AWS) Certification
The American Welding Society (AWS) is a national organization that independently tests and certifies welders. AWS welder certification is a professional credential that is accepted internationally. The Welding program at Kishwaukee College is designed to prepare you to pass the AWS D1.1 structural steel shielded metal arc Welding Certified Welding Test, which involves groove welds on 3/8" ASTM A36 steel plate in all four positions, both open root and with backing. The AWS welder certification test can be taken in the welding lab at Kishwaukee College. The cost of certification testing is approximately $300, students who have completed the program will receive a discount.