Welding and Metals Fabrication

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“You see our students do a lot of different things [after this program] because there is a broad variety of demand. It is a skill that allows students to go to work immediately, but still grow within that skill.”

-- Randy Johnson, Program Chair.

Program Overview

Welders are in high demand in shops and various construction locations, and College of Western Idaho (CWI) has programs that can be completed in one year to get you out of the lab and into your new career. This program prepares you for certification with the American Welding Society (AWS). Students learn MIG, TIG, stick arc, plasma, flux core, shielded metal arc, and other welding processes in our newly equipped facilities.

What will you learn to do?

  • Perform many welding processes, including:
    • Shielded Metal ARC Welding (SMAW) (STICK)
    • Gas Metal ARC Welding (GMAW) (MIG)
    • Flux Cored ARC Welding (FCAW)
    • Gas Tungsten ARC Welding (GTAW) (TIG)
  • Perform manual, semi-automatic, and automatic oxygen-acetylene burning
  • Perform air carbon ARC and plasma cutting and gouging
  • Operate fabrication tools and equipment
  • Read blueprints
  • Utilize appropriate fabrication techniques
  • Maintain quality control
  • Identify properties of materials
  • Understand basic metallurgy

What kind of degree(s) can you earn?

What else should you know?

Students must attend a mandatory orientation session prior to registering for classes.

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A typical day involves classroom training and hands-on lab experience, with the opportunity to practice on almost a daily basis. This program also prepares you to take welder qualification/certification tests required by the industry.

All students accepted into this program must submit to a drug or alcohol test at the beginning of the program and at their own expense.

Students who are registered for the program must attend a mandatory orientation session. Orientation will be held at the Micron Center for Professional Technical Education in Room 1701. Students who are registered for the program will receive a reminder email thru their myCWI email account regarding orientation. Any student who is interested in learning more about the program and requirements may also attend.

Requirements

Degree Plan

Orientation will be held at the Micron Center for Professional Technical Education in Room 1701. Students who are registered for the program will receive a reminder email thru their myCWI email account regarding orientation. Any student who is interested in learning more about the program and requirements may also attend.

Note: Students must attend a mandatory orientation session prior to registering for classes. View schedule below for upcoming sessions.

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Instructor Info

Program Chair:
Randy Johnson
208.562.2345
randyjohnson@cwidaho.cc

Instructor:
Malcolm Diamond
208.562.2344
malcolmdiamond@cwidaho.cc

Career Info

What kind of career can you expect?

Welding graduates are in demand locally, nationally, and internationally. Our students often find positions fabricating new products such as industrial machinery, steel structures, transportation equipment, railroad engines/cars, farm equipment, and more. Many graduates also find excellent self-employment opportunities in both urban and rural areas.

What skills, traits, or prep classes would be helpful?

  • Sound math and spatial skills
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Solid reading skills
  • Ability to work well on a team
  • Precise attention to detail