Associate in Occupational Studies Degree

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This program prepares for actual welding work, or for positions as welding inspectors, welding laboratory technicians, or welding supply and equipment sales representatives.  One High School Math Course or its equivalent is recommended.

Goal 1 To prepare the students to be proficient with common applications of welding

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to produce products using various welding techniques.

Goal 2 To prepare graduates to find employment in the field of welding or a related field

  • The graduate will enter a career related to the welding or fabricating field within one year of graduation.

Goal 3 To prepare the student to demonstrate competency in welding issues and problem solving

  • The students will demonstrate the ability to select appropriate tools and welding supplies and equipment.
  • The student will be able to set-up and operate MIG, TIG, and Arc welders.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to select appropriate welding materials and settings for a variety of materials and conditions.

Goal 4 To prepare the students to evaluate weld quality

  • The student will demonstrate the use of standard welding inspection and quality control testing methods.

Goal 5 To prepare student to successfully interact with others through drawings and other technical means

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to read and interpret welding symbols on mechanical drawings.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to successfully interact with others by participation in and completion of group projects.

Goal 6 To prepare the student to communicate effectively

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to clearly describe welding processes in an oral or written presentation.

Goal 7 To prepare the student to quantitatively analyze common welding problems

  • The student will demonstrate quantitative skills directly applicable to common welding problems or techniques.

Goal 8 Is to prepare all students to successfully pass Department of Transportation, State Welding Exam in both Vertical and Overhead positions

  • Students will obtain NYS certification in welding

Goal 9 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy

  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.

Total Credit Hours: 61 - 62

First Semester

This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study.

This course covers the effective oral and written contexts of occupational communications. It includes practice in oral presentations, business letters, resumes, memos, instructional materials and reports, and visual aids. It is designed specifically for A.O.S. degree programs. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result; or successful completion of DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and successful completion of either EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition.

This course covers the four fundamental operations on integers, rational numbers, and real numbers. It includes the study of weights and measures, exponents and radicals, factoring, and linear equations, with an emphasis on technical applications.

This course covers the theory, methods, and use of acetylene equipment to oxy-weld and cut in all positions. Welding supply fee required.

This course provides proficiency in oxy-acetylene welding procedures, including the theory and use of electric arc welding. Topics include welding ferrous and nonferrous metals in all positions, and the theory of pipe design and cutting. Welding supply fee required.

PE Physical Education recommendations: PE170 First Aid is recommended during the first year or PE173 Industrial Health & Wellness is required for the Locomotive Mechanical Service emphasis.

Second Semester

This course introduces the theory and practices of metal removal, as practiced in industry. The set-up and safe operation of conventional machine tools are stressed, along with their capabilities and limitations. Common processes such as drilling, grinding, milling, threading, and turning are used. Topics include speeds and feeds, metal cutting theory, cutting fluids, selection of tooling, fixturing, precision measurement, and layout procedures, along with basic blueprint reading and sketching.

This course covers the theory and use of TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) and MIG (Gas Metallic Arc) welding, including non-ferrous and ferrous metals in all positions. Topics include plasma welding, cutting, and safety procedures. Prerequisite: MT170 Oxy-Acetylene Welding Procedures. Welding supply fee required.

This course continues with instruction of the principles and practices of gas arc (TIG) and gas metallic arc (MIG) welding on ferrous and non-ferrous metals and pipe. Topics include special arc cutting techniques such as air carbon arc, oxygen arc, underwater cutting, plasma cutting, along with theory and safety. Welding supply fee required. Prerequisite: MT174 Electric Arc Welding Procedures.

PE Physical Education recommended course : PE170 First Aid is recommended during the first year or PE173 Industrial Health & Wellness is required for the Locomotive Mechanical Service emphasis.

Third Semester

This course is a continuation of MA105 Technical Mathematics 1, with further topics from algebra as well as from geometry and trigonometry, and an emphasis on technical applications. Prerequisite: MA105 Technical Mathematics 1.

This course provides the foundation and problem-solving skills necessary to develop and interpret engineering drawings using the computer-aided drafting software (AutoCAD). Topics include assembly and detail drawing composition; design for assembly/manufacturing (DFA/DFM); geometric dimensioning and tolerancing; tolerance control and standard fits; fasteners; gearing; sheet metal developments; weldments; functional drafting techniques; and the development of 2-D and 3-D CAD generated drawings and system operations.

This course provides a fundamental knowledge and understanding of metallurgy as applied to welding. Topics include heat treating, physical testing, and metallography.

This course presents the American Welding Society standards. Topics include the standards of testing of welds, preparation of test samples, methods of inspection and quality control, and fundamentals and interpretations of the American Welding Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American National Standards Institute welding codes. Welding supply fee required.

PE Physical Education recommended course : PE170 First Aid is recommended during the first year or PE173 Industrial Health & Wellness is required for the Locomotive Mechanical Service emphasis.

Fourth Semester

This course discusses welding codes. Topics include set regulations covering permissible materials, service limitations, fabrication, inspection, testing procedures, and qualifications of welding operations. Emphasis is placed on preparation for the New York State Welding Certificate Exam. Welding supply fee required. Prerequisite: MT272 Advanced Electric Arc Welding Procedures.

This course covers the design and fabrication of wrought iron and sculpture. Topics include the theory of blacksmithing and the use of the forge on various metals. Safety is stressed. Welding supply fee required.

This course covers weldment design factors. Topics include the interpretation of trade drawings, as well as the specification and use of welding symbols. Welding supply fee required.

PE Physical Education recommended course : PE170 First Aid is recommended during the first year or PE173 Industrial Health & Wellness is required for the Locomotive Mechanical Service emphasis.

Students may replace MT276 Welders Ornamental Iron & Blacksmithing with an Internship. Please consult with your Faculty Advisor.