Welding Technology

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Student Welding

Program Overview

 

Welcome to Welding Technology in the College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. The Welding Technology Department at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is part of an exciting and growing campus that is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association and the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE. If your desire was to find a career in a fast-paced, growing field, you have chosen wisely. The yearly starting salary in the Fort Smith area is $20,000-24,000.

Some of our strengths include highly qualified AWS certified instructors that have industry and multiple years teaching experience combined with a personal one-on-one instruction that is not seen in most universities. We have facilities that are well furnished that enhance the education experience. And excellent job placement centers that will either place you in an internship or help you find your first job after graduation.

Welding Technology students learn theory and practical skills that prepare them for jobs in the welding field. The emphasis covers layout techniques, blueprint reading, SMAW, GTAW, GMAW and FCAW welding processes.

Students may earn an AAS, Technical Certificate and/or Certificates of Proficiency. (Listed below)  Program credit hours may also be applied to the bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree at UA Fort Smith.

If you have any questions or just want to further discuss your options or the welding field in general, please feel free to contact us. Our phone number and email are linked to our names below and we would be more than happy to visit with you as you embark upon this educational journey.

 

 

Program Learning Outcomes 

 

Upon successful completion of the AAS program, students will be able to:

  • Read and interpret welding blueprints.
  • Apply shop mathematics to practical welding and testing exercises.
  • Properly use handheld and semiautomatic cutting equipment.Student learning metal working
  • Use the SMAW, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW processes to complete welds in accordance to AWS standards.
  • Pass a certification exam in accordance to AWS D1.1 and /or ASME IX.
  • Demonstrate safety guidelines when using welding equipment and tools.

 

Upon successful completion of the Certificate program, students will be able to:

  • Read and interpret welding blueprints.
  • Apply shop mathematics to practical welding and testing exercises.
  • Properly use handheld and semiautomatic cutting equipment.
  • Use the SMAW, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW processes to complete welds in accordance to AWS standards.
  • Demonstrate safety guidelines when using welding equipment and tools.
 
 
 

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Faculty      

Michael Crawford

 

Michael Crawford

Technical Instructor
Office: Baldor Technology Center, Room 137
Phone: 479-788-7717
 
   

J. Michael Dugan

 

J. Michael Dugan

Technical Instructor
Office: Baldor Technology Center, Room 138
Phone: 479-788-7716 
 
      

Jason Keyes

 

Jason Keyes

Technical Instructor
Office: Baldor Technology Center, Room 139
Phone: 479-788-7339