Basic Welding

Course Number: WLD 190
Transcript Title: Basic Welding
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 5, 2015
Total Credits: 2
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 40
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Course Description

Provides basic knowledge of and practice in welding processes. Covers how to perform welding in accordance with industry standards. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Function safely in a welding shop environment.
  2. Operate oxyacetylene portable and track cutting systems in accordance with industry standards.
  3. Apply knowledge of GTAW, SMAW, & GMAW process to complete welds in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead position.
  4. Interpret blueprints and shop drawings to produce proper weld sizes and profiles.
  5. Use an understanding of welding codes and industry standards in order to weld common joint configurations.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The student will be assessed on his/her ability to demonstrate the development of course outcomes. The methods of assessment may include one or more of the following: oral or written examinations, quizzes, observations, written assignments, visual inspection techniques, welding tests, safe work habits, task performance and work relations.

Course Activities and Design

This is an outcome based course utilizing a lecture/lab format. This course includes classroom discussions, videotapes, lab demonstrations, supplemental textbook and technical skills.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Students will complete Flat, Vertical, Horizontal, and Over-head welds using the GTAW, SMAW, & GMAW welding process.
  • Students will become familiar with basic metallurgy, welding symbols, and weld layout requirements.
  • Related Instruction will include skills in measuring, cutting and general fabrication skills for assembly.
  • Function safely in the CGCC Welding Shop.
  • Understand and practice personal safety by using proper protective gear.
  • Understand and practice hand tool and power tool safety.
  • Understand and practice equipment safety for welding and oxyacetylene cutting systems.
  • Understand and maintain a safe work area.
  • Recognize and report dangerous electrical and air/gas hose connections.
  • Understand and practice fire preventio.
  • Access and explain the importance of the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
  • Operate Oxyacetylene portable and track cutting systems in accordance with industry standards.
  • Demonstrate correct setup and shutdown procedures for the hand cutting and track cutting systems.
  • Perform Oxyacetylene cutting with guided practice.
  • Read welding symbols and interpreting the data for weld size and location that relate to blueprints and shop drawings.

Department Notes


  • Appropriate shop clothing; long pants, no open toed shoes
  • Safety glasses are required in the shop.
  • Proper dress will be required at all times; if these rules are not followed, students will not work in the welding lab.¬†