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Associate of Science Degree
Welding Technology

The courses required in this degree compiles a comprehensive list of job related skills needed to acquire advanced welding skills. The skills acquired during class will prepare an individual to take and pass the City of Los Angeles Certified Welder Exam, which also aligns with American Welding Society (AWS) standards.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
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CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
WELD 040 - Introduction to Welding ProcessesM2.0
WELD 040 - Introduction to Welding Processes (2.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This is an introductory class designed to familiarize the student with several welding processes that are currently used in the welding and metal fabrication industry. This course offers an overview and basic introduction to the theory and practice of a variety of welding and metal cutting methods. This course will emphasize safety, theory, procedure, and practical skill development.

TCED 060 - Elementary MetallurgyM2.0
TCED 060 - Elementary Metallurgy (2.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This is an elementary course in the basic principles of metallurgy. It is designed for Welding and Machine Shop majors, but is suitable for all technology students. Emphasis is placed on terminology, numbering systems, methods of altering the properties of metals, and the effect on fabrication.

ENGL 101 - College Composition and ResearchGE3.5
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This composition course enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary for academic and professional success. Students become proficient in research techniques, and learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections before applying these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of the course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills: Students complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct citation styles. Students meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the general education requirement for Written Communication.

RHC GE 6 - Social and Behavioral ScienceGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
AJ 101
ANTH 102, 102H, 103, 104, 110, 115, 125;
CD 106, 208;
CHST 101, 146, 148,150;
ECON 101, 101H, 102, 102H, 106, 135;
GEOG 102, 103;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 128, 128H, 135;
POLS 110, 110H, 125, 128, 128H, 130, 135,140,150;
PSY 101, 101H, 112, 114;
SOC 101, 101H, 102, 105, 110, 114, 116, 120, 127, 130, 148;
SPCH 150

RHC GE 7a - Fine ArtsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
ART 101, 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 130, 135, 140;
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H;
GDSN 110:
MUS 101, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136, 141;
MUST 151;
PHTO 130, 185;
THTR 101, 105, 105H, 110

Total Semester Units:13.5 
2nd Semester
WELD 050 - Semi-Automatic Welding ProcessesM4.0
WELD 050 - Semi-Automatic Welding Processes (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: WELD 040
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course is intended for students who want to progress to an intermediate level of welding processes and further their skills in wire-fed, semi-automatic welding methods and techniques. This course emphasizes skills in gas metal arc welding (GMAW) and flux cored arc welding (FCAW). The course also focuses on safety, theory, characteristics and settings for power supplies and wire feeding units, electric current settings, electrode identification and selection, welding positions, and welding of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Special emphasis is placed on developing proficiency and speed for high-volume production applications.

WELD 055 - Manual Electric Arc Welding ProcessesM4.0
WELD 055 - Manual Electric Arc Welding Processes (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: WELD 040
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course is intended for the student who wants to progress to an intermediate level of welding processes and further their skills in manual electric arc welding methods and techniques. This course emphasizes skills in shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). The course also focuses on safety, theory, characteristics and settings for power supplies and welding units, electric current settings, electrode identification and selection, welding positions, and welding of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Special emphasis will be placed on developing proficiency and speed for high volume production applications.

Select one: MATH 150 / MATH 062 / FIN 101 (RHC GE 2)GE3.0†
Notes:
While the above course(s) are recommended, students may take any of the following courses to fulfill this requirement:  FIN 101, MATH 060, MATH 062, MATH 070, MATH 073, MATH 130/H, MATH 140, MATH 150, MATH 160, MATH 170, MATH 175, MATH 180, MATH 190/H, PSY 190.

MATH 150 - Survey of Mathematics (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 070 or MATH 070CD or MATH 073 or MATH 073B or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU, UC

In this course students will learn to read and understand quantitative information, solve practical problems, and make sound decisions using numbers. Topics include consumer applications, logic, probability, statistics, algebra, and geometry. This course is for students who need a quantitative reasoning course for graduation or transfer.

MATH 062 - Pre-Statistics (5.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course surveys a variety of mathematical topics to prepare students for college-level statistics. Topics include data analysis using ratios, rates and proportional reasoning, graphical and tabular displays of data, measures of central tendency and spread, computing probabilities, describing associations of two variables graphically, graphing equations of lines and linear models, and solving linear equations and inequalities. The course is for students in liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences majors. It should not be taken by students majoring in science, technology, engineering, math, or business.

FIN 101 - Introduction to Financial Planning (3.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Prerequisite: MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of financial planning, and is designed to provide students with tools needed to achieve their personal financial goals. Students will learn to make informed decisions related to spending, saving, borrowing, and investing by applying quantitative reasoning concepts. Course topics include the financial planning process, budgeting, cash flow, debt consolidation, investing, and retirement planning.

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

Total Semester Units:12.0† 
Summer 1
RHC GE 8b - Communication/Analytical ThinkingGE3.0
Notes:
If they complete transferable math they don't need to complete an additional COMM/ANALYTIC just elect.

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Select one:
CIT 101, 125, 135;
ENGL 125, 201, 201H;
FIN 101;
LIB 101;
MATH 130, 130H, 140, 150, 160, 170, 175, 180, 190, 190H, 191, 250, 260, 270;
PHIL 110, 110H, 112, 112H, 115;
PSY 190;
SPCH 100, 101, 101H, 140;
READ 101;
VOCB 101

Total Semester Units:3.0 
3rd Semester
WELD 045 - Basic Electric Arc WeldingM2.0
WELD 045 - Basic Electric Arc Welding (2.0 units)

Advisory:ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course is intended for the student who wants to progress to a basic level of welding processes and further their skills in manual and semi-automatic electric arc welding methods and techniques. This course emphasizes skills in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). The course also focuses on safety, theory, characteristics and settings for power supplies and welding units, electric current settings, electrode identification and selection, welding positions, and welding of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Special emphasis will be placed on developing proficiency and speed for high volume production applications.

WELD 075 - Certification Welding IM4.0
WELD 075 - Certification Welding I (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: WELD 055
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course is an advanced course offering specialized instruction necessary for passing the City of Los Angeles Department of Building & Safety (LADBS) certified welder performance examinations. Emphasis will be placed on building skills in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) as applicable to acquire LADBS certified welder classifications in structural steel, light gage steel, and structural aluminum. Safety, welding codes, welding procedures and techniques, inspection requirements, nondestructive testing, and destructive testing will be covered. This course may be repeated once for certification or licensure standards, only by permit from the division.

WELD 080 - Certification Welding IIM3.0
WELD 080 - Certification Welding II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: WELD 055
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course is intended for the student who wants to progress to an advanced level of welding processes and certification. This course offers specialized training and instruction which are necessary to take and pass the written test portion of the City of Los Angeles Department of Building & Safety (LADBS) Certified Welder Examination. This course emphasizes specific skills in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) as it applies to Certification in Structural Steel, Light Gage Steel, and Structural Aluminum. The course also focuses on safety, welding codes, test preparation, procedures, and destructive testing. Special emphasis will be placed on developing proficiency in order to successfully pass the LADBS exam. This course may be repeated once for certification or licensure standards, only by permit from the division.

RHC GE 4 - American InstitutionsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
POLS 110, 110H;
HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

RHC GE 7b - HumanitiesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 

Select one:
ASL 101, 124, 201, 202;
CHIN 101, 102;
CHST 146;
ENGL 126, 131;
FR 101, 102, 201, 202;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140;
JAPN 101, 102;
LATN 101, 102;
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114, 114H, 117, 117H, 130, 130H,140, 140H, 141, 142, 142H, 144A, 144B, 145, 145H, 146A, 146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 149;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140;
SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202;
SPCH 130, 132;
POLS 128, 128H

Total Semester Units:16.0† 
4th Semester
WELD 060 - Production Welding TechniquesM4.0
WELD 060 - Production Welding Techniques (4.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement; WELD 045

This is an intermediate level course focused on welding techniques used in high-volume production manufacturing environments. Students gain proficiency using pulsed-arc & non-pulsed-arc GMAW and GTAW processes on carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum materials. Correct use of welding fixtures, positioners, and other auxiliary equipment are covered. Emphasis is placed on using shop safety in addition to developing proper working procedures.

WELD 070 - Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc WeldingM4.0
WELD 070 - Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: WELD 065
Advisory:ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course provides further advancement of knowledge and skills in gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). Emphasis is placed on developing proficiency in welding carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum weld joints in the vertical and overhead position. This course exposes students to using positioners, welding fixtures, and tooling commonly used in the workplace. Preparation for welding certification is covered.

WELD 065 - Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc WeldingM4.0
WELD 065 - Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: WELD 040
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement;READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course introduces the principles and practices of gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), including setup/use of GTAW equipment and safe use of tools and equipment. Instruction and practice is provided for gaining proficiency welding carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum weld joints in the flat and horizontal positions. Fundamentals of the GTAW process, correct consumables, equipment, and pre-weld preparation will be covered.

RHC GE 5 - Natural Science with LabGE4.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one Natural Science with Lab:
ANTH 101, 101H & 101L;
ASTR 110, 110H & 112;
BIOL 101, 105 & 105L, 111 & 111L, 112, 120 & 120L;
BIOT 100;
CHEM 110, 120, 130;
GEOG 101 & 101L;
GEOL 150 & 151;
PHY 120, 150, 160, 211, 212, 213

Total Semester Units:16.0 
Total Units for Welding Technology AS program 60.5† 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Some classes may have higher units
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course

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