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 NCCC Welding Program

For the second year in a row, welders from Chanute High School placed among the highest in the State Skills USA High School Division Welding Competition held at the Wichita Area Technical College on Thursday, April 15. Josh Tull, Senior, took 1st place, James Smith, Senior, placed 5th and Corey Stout, Senior, placed 6th. Contestants were judged on tig, mig, stick, flux core and aluminum tig welding processes. They were given points based on weld placement, size, safety procedures and conformance to an industry standard blueprint . Judges were from Wichita-based businesses and industries. Chanute was the only entrant with three top ten finishers. There were a total of 29 competitors from an estimated 15 schools. Tull plans to attend NCCC after graduation and then wants to pursue an engineering degree. Smith and Stout are undecided on plans after graduation. Chanute will advance to the National Welding Competition to be held at Bartle Hall, Kansas City, Missouri in June. 

Josh Tull, the student that won State twice in a row, placed 6th at Nationals which gave him the chance to try out for international. Unfortunately Josh did not make it. Josh at present has graduated from Chanute High School and is continuing college here at NCCC. Way to go Josh.



Welding - Level I & II

The Welding program allows students the opportunity to complete certificates at two levels and to transfer these certificates toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Industrial Engineering Technology.  The Level I Welding certificate is for students who intend to seek entry-level employment after completing a one-year program of study. The Level II certificate is for students interested in advancing their skill level beyond Level I.

The curriculum utilizes the American Welding Society’s “Schools Excelling through National Skills Standards” (SENSE) which is a nationally-recognized credentialing and certification system.  The SENSE system defines skill levels as Entry Welder and Advanced Welder which correspond with NCCC’s Level I and Level II certificates. 

Career areas in welding include welding, cutting, soldering, and brazing in the construction, manufacturing and utilities industries.  Specific job titles include welding technician, supervisors, inspectors, instructors, and shop owners.  The job outlook for welders in the construction, manufacturing, and utilities industries is increasing.  Median earnings are $15.10/hour.

Level I Program Outcomes
1. Demonstrate the fundamentals of basic welding shop safety.
2. Demonstrate the ability to perform construction math.
3. Demonstrate the ability to correctly use welding tools.
4. Demonstrate the ability to read weld blueprints.
5. Demonstrate basic employability skills.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of metallurgy.
7. Demonstrate an understanding of gas metal arc welding – short circuit. (overlay/pad and fillet)
8. Demonstrate an understanding of oxy-fuel cutting.
9. Demonstrate an understanding of shield metal arc welding. (overlay/pad and fillet)
10. Demonstrate an understanding of plasma arc cutting.
11. Demonstrate an understanding of flux cored arc welding – dual shield. (overlay/pad and fillet)
12. Demonstrate an understanding of gas tungsten arc welding. (overlay/pad and fillet)

Level II Program Outcomes
1. Demonstrate competence in gas metal arc welding – short circuit.
2. Demonstrate competence in flux cored arc welding – dual shield.
3. Demonstrate competence in gas tungsten arc welding.
4. Demonstrate competence in shielded metal arc welding.
5. Demonstrate competence in welder qualification for certification.

Course Sequence

Level I    
Semester I   Cr Hr
MFGT 112 Welding Safety/OSHA 10 1

MFGT 114

Welding Cutting Processes 3
MFGT 116 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 3
Total   7
Semester II    
MFGT 118 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 3
MFGT 120 Gas Metal Arc Welding 3
MFGT 122 Welding Blueprint Reading 3
Total   9
Total Level I
Certificate Credits
Level II    
Level I Certification   16
Semester III    
MFGT 124 Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 4
MFGT 126 Advanced Gas Metal Arc Welding 4
Total   8
Semester IV    
MFGT 128 Advanced Shilded & Metal Arc Welding 4
MFGT 130 Specialized Welding 4
Total   8
Total Level II
Certificate Credits

Associate of Applied Science Option

Students interested in completing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Industrial Engineering Technology with an emphasis in welding should visit with an advisor to determine general education and additional technical education requirements.  Degrees require completion of 64 credit hours.

For more information contact:
Will Jordan
 (785) 792.0560