Program Purpose: Students in the Welding Technology (WEL) program will develop the knowledge and manual skills necessary to be employable in the welding/metal fabrication industry. Program outcomes include the ability to perform various welding processes, comprehend industry quality standards, apply safety requirements, interpret blueprint drawings, and utilize industry-related nomenclature. Project design and fabrication methodologies are stressed in relation to material selection and metallurgy.
Program Description: The WEL program offers numerous training options. Students can enroll into process- specific courses such as shielded metal arc-welding, flux-core arc-welding, gas metal arc-welding, or gas tungsten arc-welding to acquire skill sets on ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Students can complete a one-year vocational Certificate of Achievement degree, or a two-year Associate of Science degree which commonly leads to supervisor and shop management opportunities. Ventura College WEL students are prepared for a wide range of manufacturing metal fabrication-related positions such as certified welder, quality-control inspection, project designers, and various levels of supervision and business ownership.
PROGRAM LEVEL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Set up equipment and perform basic welding processes.
2. Read and interpret blueprint drawings commonly used in welding fabrication.
3. Understand basic metallurgy and material selection used in welding.