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Welding Technology - LADBS Structural Steel Certification Program

The courses required in this certificate compile 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 Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) Structural Steel Certified Welder Examination and Performance Test, which also aligns with standards and qualifications per the American Welding Society (AWS).

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

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that 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. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
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.

Total Semester Units:2.0 
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.

Total Semester Units:8.0 
3rd Semester
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.

Total Semester Units:7.0 
Total Units for Welding Technology - LADBS Structural Steel Certification Program COA program 17.0 
Notes:
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
† 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
   

Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will work safely and identify safety and health hazards in the workplace.


2

Student will communicate effectively, both verbally and through the written word, in a welding environment.


3

Students will properly use, operate, and care for welding materials, tools, and equipment.


4

Students will research, read, and use welding material, build sheets, blueprints, and other welding-related literature, both in print and in electronic format.


5

Students will identify, analyze, evaluate, and demonstrate different welding operations and processes.


Gainful Employment Disclosures

  • This program is designed to be completed in ______
  • This program will cost $______ if completed within normal time (including books, materials, and additional fees). There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but are subject to change.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0* of debt. *Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
  • License Requirements. This program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in California.

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