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13614 Midway Road, 100-117  

Dallas, TX-75244                                      

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 13614 Midway Road, Suite 101

Advance Welding Professionals [AWP]


The Advance Welding Professionals (AWP) Diploma program is designed to equip the graduate with skills and knowledge in shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), flux core arc welding (FCAW) and plasma arc cutting (PAC). Through classes which combine theory with practical application of hands-on skills, the student is prepared to obtain in-house welding certifications as well as national certifications by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) by NCCER certified instructors. All shop courses include the use of hand and specialty tools and emphasize equipment and shop safety.
The Advance Welding Professionals (AWP) program is intended for persons who desire a career in the Welding industry. Students must possess a high school diploma, GED or recognized equivalent.
The AWP graduate will be qualified for advance and entry-level employment in building construction, shipbuilding, manufacturing, shop fabrication, gas and oil field services, and as welding operators.

Welding Program Curriculum
AWP 100:   Welding Safety, Basic Craft Skills, Tools, Materials, & Methods

Students in this course will about job safety equipment, protective clothing and procedures applicable to preparing, cutting and welding of metals. Students will also learn basic craft skills such as safety procedures, use of hand tools, and power tools, rigging, and blueprint terms. Students will also learn about construction materials and methods, hazardous materials and confined spaces. In addition, students will review basic mathematical functions, basic communication, and employability and life skills. Students will also learn about welding quality and inspection, how to set up shielded metal arc equipment, the process of striking an arc, make a stringer, weave overlapping beads and fillet welds. In addition, students will learn how to make groove welds with backing on plate.
(Lecture 60 Clock Hrs / Lab 120 Clock Hrs / Total 180 Clock Hrs / 12 Quarter Cr Hrs) [Prerequisite: None]

AWP 200: Symbols, Drawings, Stainless Steel Groove, Air Carbon & Plasma Arc Cutting

Students in this course will learn how to read welding symbols on drawings, specifications and how to use notes on drawings and the bill of materials.  Students will also learn how to set up welding equipment for making stainless steel groove welds and how to set up air carbon cutting equipment, how to perform air carbon arc washing and gouging activities.  In addition, students will learn how to set up a CNC cutting machine and perform plasma arc cutting (PAC) for piercing, slotting, squaring, and beveling metals.
(Lecture 60 Clock Hrs / Lab 120 Clock Hrs / Total 180 Clock Hrs / 12 Quarter Cr Hrs) [Prerequisite: AWP 100; UNI101]

 AWP 300: Mechanical Properties, GMAW & FCAW Plate

Students in this course will learn about equipment for preheating, interpass temperature control, and post-heating procedures in order to preserve weldment strength, ductility, and weld quality.  Students will also learn about physical characteristics, mechanical properties, composition, and classification of the common ferrous and nonferrous metals.  In addition, students will learn how to set up GMAW and FCAW equipment and the procedures and techniques used to make open-root V-groove welds with GMAW on plate in the 1G-ROTATED, 2G, 5G, and 6G positions.
(Lecture 60 Clock Hrs / Lab 120 Clock Hrs / Total 180 Clock Hrs / 12 Quarter Cr Hrs) [Prerequisite: AWP 100; AWP200; UNI101] 

AWP 400: GTAW, GMAW Plate

Students in this course will learn how to set up GTAW equipment and make V-groove plate welds in the 2G, 5G, and 6G positions  plate.  Students will also learn how to set up GMAW equipment and build a pad of stringer beads and weave beads using aluminum filler metals and shielding gas.  In addition, students will learn how to perform GMAW multiple-pass fillet welds on St plate in the 1F, 2F, 3F, and 4F positions and in the 1G-ROTATED, 2G, 5G, and 6G positions.
(Lecture 14 Clock Hrs / Lab 28 Clock Hrs / Total 42 Clock Hrs /4 Quarter Cr Hrs) [Prerequisite: AWP 100; AWP200; AWP300; UNI101]

 UNI 101 – Life Skills and Success / Community Service

University 101 is intended to help you in your transition into a trade and career professional. In this course students will gain understanding on changing their mindset, making positive choices and identifying the resources that are available for your student success. In addition, students will work as a volunteer in a community service agency or an advocacy group; including Tutor kids, teens or adults; cook dinner for guests in a shelter; help design community programs for youth; conduct research on nutrition, hunger and homelessness policies; volunteer with the elderly. 
(Lecture 18 Clock Hrs / Lab 00 Clock Hrs / Total 18 Clock Hrs / 2 Quarter Cr Hrs) [Prerequisite: None]




Weekly Curriculum

Week 1. Basic Safety, Introduction to Construction Math      

Week 2. Construction Math, Introduction to Hand Tools                                                                  
Week 3. Introduction to Power tools, Introduction to Construction Drawing.
Week 4. Introduction to Construction Drawing, Basic Rigging
Week 5. Basic Communication Skills, Basic Employability skills

Week 6.  Welding Safety, Oxyfuel Cutting               
Week 7. Oxyfuel Cutting, Plasma Arc Cutting      
Week 8 Air Carbon Arc cutting and Gouging
Week 9 Basic Metal Preparation

Week 10 Welding Quality

Week 11 SMAW-Equipment and Setup, Shielded Metal Arc Electrodes
Week 12 SMAW-Beads and Fillet Welds    
Week 13 SMAW-Beads and Fillet Welds
Week14 Joint Fit-up and Alignment,
Week 15 SMAW Groove Welds with Backing

Week 16 SMAW-Open V-Groove Welds 
Week 17 Welding Symbols                                    
Week 18 Reading Welding Details Drawings
Week 19 Physical Characteristics and Mechanical Properties
Week 20 Preheating and Postheating of Metals

Week 21 GMAW and FCAW: Equipment and Filler Metals                                                  
Week 22 GMAW and FCAW: Plate                     
Week 23 GMAW and FCAW: Plate
Week 24 GTAW: Equipment and Filler Metals
Week 25 GTAW: Plate

Week 26 SMAW –Open-Root  Welds
Week 27 GMAW –Open-Root Welds

Week 28 FCAW –Pipe

Week 29 GTAW – Carbon steel Plate         
Week 30 GTAW – Low- Alloy and Stainless Steel Plate
Week 31 SMAW – Stainless Steel Groove Plate

Week 1-2  Self Analysis
 Week 3-4  Personal Development
Week 5-6 Resume
Week 7-8  Personal Development
Week 9-10 Prepare for Interview