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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.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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 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
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • 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.

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A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time undergraduate freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

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Throughout the Academic Welcome Experience, students participate in a wide array of academic, intellectual, social, and professional experiences available at Baker College. Students connect with their advisors and participate in informational sessions aimed toward exploring career opportunities, networking with professionals in their fields, and sharing program information.

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Welding

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.

Career Facts

$37,420

Median salary for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

4%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$59,369

Median salary for Welding Inspectors

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Overview

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

Course Information

Welding Major66 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

CAD 131

4 Quarter Hours

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

Introduction to Manufacturing 4

WELD 101

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 Principles 4

WELD 111A

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 Welding 5

WELD 116

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 Welding 5

WELD 121

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 Welding 5

WELD 126

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 Welding 5

WELD 131

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.

Metallurgy 4

WELD 191

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 Practicum 4

WELD 201

4 Quarter Hours

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

Prerequisite(s):
WELD 101
Advanced Welding Principles 4

WELD 211

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 Processes 5

WELD 221

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 I 4

WELD 222

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 II 4

WELD 241

4 Quarter Hours

Continues the exploration of blueprint reading and interpretation with a focus on drawing in 2D and 3D 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 Design 4

WRK 291B

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 Strategies 1

WRKTC 201

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), 108 Credit Hours in CYBER DEFENSE MAJOR, 48 Credit Hours in GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS, minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience 4
Select 4 Credit Hours from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

CAD 151

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 Handbooks 4

WELD 296

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 I 1

WELD 297

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 II 1

WELD 298

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 III 1

WELD 299

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 IV 1
General Education Major32 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

ENG 101

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 I 4

ENG 102

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 II 4

INF 112

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.

Word Processing 2

INF 113

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.

Electronic Spreadsheets 2

INF 121

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 Windows 2

INF 161

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 Society 2

MTH 111

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 equations.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra 4

PSY 101

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 Relations 4

SPK 201

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 Communication 4

WRI 115

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 Communication 4
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 98
Program Description

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

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.

FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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 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
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • 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.
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