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Welders use welding equipment to join metal parts, or fill holes, indentions, or seams in metal products. Anything made of metal can be welded—cars, trucks, aircraft, skyscrapers, bridges, pipes, sculptures and more. The basic skills of welding are the same across industries, so the more you know how to do, the easier it is to shift to other types of work.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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Welding Associate Degree from Baker College

WeldingAssociate of Applied Science

Forge a great career.

Prepare with hands-on training.

Welders use welding equipment to join metal parts, or fill holes, indentions, or seams in metal products. Anything made of metal can be welded—cars, trucks, aircraft, skyscrapers, bridges, pipes, sculptures and more. The basic skills of welding are the same across industries, so the more you know how to do, the easier it is to shift to other types of work.

Discover Your Future Welding Career

Career Facts

$36,300

Median salary for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

6%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$58,790

Median salary for Welding Inspectors

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Overview

The Baker College Welding associate degree program is taught by professional welders who have years of practical experience. You learn the science and principles of welding, and gain skill through hands-on training in a full range of welding techniques. You also study business practices that can help you build your salary and your career more quickly.

Upon graduation, you’ll be fully prepared for an entry-level position, whether your goal is to be a welding engineer, a welding inspector, a structural iron worker, a custom vehicle designer, or a metal art sculptor.

Course Information
Welding Major66 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CAD 131
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to manufacturing equipment, processes, and related topics.

Introduction to Manufacturing4
WELD 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Presents an overview of the welding profession with a focus on basic blueprint reading, basic electrical principles, safety procedures, equipment, and applied mathematics used in welding applications.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 091 or Satisfy Developmental Ess Math or placement exam.
Welding Principles4
WELD 111A
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5 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the opportunity to safely use equipment to perform Oxy-Acetylene Welding and Cutting (OAW) (OFC-A), and Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC) to cut metal and produce quality welds. 20 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required.

Corequisite(s):
WELD 101.
Cutting and Oxy-fuel Welding5
WELD 116
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5 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the opportunity to safely use equipment to perform Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW/MIG), and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) to produce quality welds. 20 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required.

Corequisite(s):
WELD 101.
Gas Metal Arc Welding5
WELD 121
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5 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the opportunity to safely use equipment to perform Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) to produce quality welds. 20 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
WELD 111A.
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding5
WELD 126
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5 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the opportunity to safely use equipment to perform Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) to produce quality welds. 20 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required.

Corequisite(s):
WELD 101.
Shielded Metal Arc Welding5
WELD 131
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with a better understanding of the effects of alloying elements on the welding process. Students will gain knowledge of the physical and chemical behavior of metal under various welding conditions. Weld testing methods will be studied as well as specialty welding processes that are used within the welding industry today.

Metallurgy4
WELD 191
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the opportunity to use their welding skills to complete various metal projects. 80 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Welding.

Prerequisite(s):
WELD 116, WELD 121, MTH 091 or satisfies developmental essential math concepts or placement exam.
Welding Practicum4
WELD 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Builds upon the knowledge obtained in WELD101 to include non-destructive testing.

Prerequisite(s):
WELD 101.
Advanced Welding Principles4
WELD 211
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5 Quarter Hours

Examines specialty welding processes and techniques including pipe welding and thermal cutting as well as issues of sustainability and other environmental aspects. 10 hours of lecture and 80 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
WELD 191.
Advanced Welding and Cutting Processes5
WELD 221
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to techniques in welding fabrication presenting an opportunity for students to create metal structures from design documents and specifications. Jigs, fixtures, and rigging techniques will be covered. 80 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
WELD 191.
Welding Fabrication Practicum I4
WELD 222
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues the practical approach to fabrication introduced in the previous course. Students will fabricate increasingly complex structures while considering costs, materials, and labor in the overall process. 80 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
WELD 221.
Welding Fabrication Practicum II4
WELD 241
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues the exploration of blueprint reading and interpretation with a focus on drawing in 2-D and 3-D formats, cost estimation, vender selection, project design, project management, and client presentations.

Prerequisite(s):
WELD 101, MTH 091 or satisfies developmental essential math concepts or placement exam.
Technical Drawing and Design4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
WRKTC 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a 120-hour minimum learning experience in an appropriate work environment structured to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102 (Associate Degrees), ENG 101 (Certificates), minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CAD 151
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an introduction to industrial/manufacturing handbooks used as references in manufacturing settings. Addresses the basic concepts of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing as prescribed in the ASME Y14.5M-1994 standard, including symbols, terminology, and rules.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 111.
Application of Engineering Handbooks4
WELD 296
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1 Quarter Hours

Presents a practicum experience designed to prepare for and obtain welding certification(s) from the American Welding Society (AWS).

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Welding Certification I1
WELD 297
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1 Quarter Hours

Presents a practicum experience designed to prepare for and obtain welding certification(s) from the American Welding Society (AWS).

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Welding Certification II1
WELD 298
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1 Quarter Hours

Presents a practicum experience designed to prepare for and obtain welding certification(s) from the American Welding Society (AWS).

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Welding Certification III1
WELD 299
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1 Quarter Hours

Presents a practicum experience designed to prepare for and obtain welding certification(s) from the American Welding Society (AWS).

Prerequisite(s):
Program Director/Dean approval.
Welding Certification IV1
General Education Major32 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 112
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to word processing software and applications. This will include demonstrating the ability to perform basic Windows operations commands and word processing commands, which include creating, saving, printing, formatting, editing, and retrieving documents.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Word Processing2
INF 113
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to beginning electronic spreadsheet terminology, concepts, and applications. Students will gain the ability to enter/edit, save/retrieve files, format, and print spreadsheets and reports. Students are also introduced to basic formula development.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency.
Electronic Spreadsheets2
INF 121
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2 Quarter Hours

Provides students with hands-on experience in the basics of using the Microsoft Windows environment. The areas of exploration will include the Start Button, Task Bar, My Computer, Windows Explorer, Customizing Displays, Paint, and the use of shortcuts.

Introduction to Windows2
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elements of algebra including real numbers, linear graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, and rational functions.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra4
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Workplace Communication4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 98

Program Description

Students successfully completing this program will have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment in the welding industry. Career opportunities include Welding Engineer, Welding Inspector, Structural Iron Worker, Custom Vehicle Designer, or Metal Art Sculptor. Skills and knowledge presented in the program include oxy-acetylene welding, cutting and brazing, shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW/MIG), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW/TIG), and flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), along with destructive weld testing methods. The curriculum is designed to meet or exceed the requirements set forth by the American Welding Society (AWS).

Accreditation

This program is designed to meet or exceed the requirements established by the American Welding Society (AWS).

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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[Baker] really helps to develop the critical thinking that's necessary in this field.

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