Welding Certification Program
Added in the 2016-2017 school year, students have the opportunity to complete a postsecondary credential, a 34-hour Technical Certificate (“TC”) in Industrial Technology-Welding Technology Concentration and three American Welding Society (“AWS”) certifications. This is a two-year program starting during the junior year of study. Students will attend Ivy Tech Madison three hours per day/5 days per week over the two year period. The certifications include:
Shielded Metal Arc Welding-SMAW (Commonly referred to as Stick/ARC welding): SMAW produces heat from an electric arc that is maintained between the tip of a flux-covered electrode and the surface of the base metal. SMAW can be performed in areas of limited access and in all positions. It is a viable process for joining most metals and alloys, and the equipment needed is both portable and low in cost.
Gas Metal Arc Welding-GMAW (Commonly referred to as MIG Welding): GMAW is an arc welding process that incorporates the automatic feeding of a continuous, solid consumable electrode that is shielded by an externally supplied gas. This process is used to weld most commercial metals including steel, aluminum, stainless steel and copper and can be used to weld in any position.
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding-GTAW (Commonly referred to as TIG Welding): GTAW produces coalescence of metals by heating them with an electric arc between a tungsten electrode and the work piece. TIG welding produces the highest quality welds with no slag or spatter and require little to no post-weld cleaning. TIG requires a high level of operator skill, especially on thin and intricate parts.
For additional information or to learn how you can get started, please contact your school counselor in the Student Services office.
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Welding Program Student and Parent Guide
Welding Program Course Overview