Associate of Occupational Studies Program Courses & Classes

Prerequisite Courses

Students must complete the Professional Welder Program prior to starting the Associate of Occupational Studies Program. All phase courses may be taken in any sequence except Applied Math & Symbols. It must be taken as the first phase course.


Applied Math and Symbols

Math used for weld testing and inspection processes. Symbols on welding drawings and acronyms used for identification and organizations. Course taken initially by all students who start the second academic year. (This course is taken in tandem with other courses and does not add weeks to the total program length.)


Codes & Specifications Radiographic Film Interpretation

30 Outside Preparation Hours

Students will learn coverage and applications of codes and specifications from various professional societies, institutes and associations that issue standards for metal fabrication. Lab activities are associated with the utilization of these standards and radiographic film interpretation.


Communications & Records

0 Outside Preparation Hours

Students will learn the techniques and approaches to effectively communicate with various personalities in the workplace. Students will also learn the documentation of inspection results, filing systems, and maintenance of activity reports.


Drawings & Fabrication Processes

40 Outside Preparation Hours

Analysis of fabrication drawings, bill of materials, product dimensional tolerance standards, and specified fabrication processes. Lab activities reinforce lecture information.


Visual & Leak Testing

40 Outside Preparation Hours

Presentation of the oldest and most widely used method of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) which is visual inspection of welds and other specifications. Leak testing procedures according to ANSI and ASME specifications. Lab provides practice on these NDT competencies.


Liquid Penetrant & Magnetic Particle Testing

10 Outside Preparation Hours

Methods of PT testing to detect surface defects on non-porous solid material. Penetrant techniques, safety, and environmental considerations. Magnetic particle test method and its value for inspecting ferromagnetic materials. Wet fluorescent magnetic particle testing method is included. Lab applications reinforce associated theory.


Radiographic Testing Radiation Safety

10 Outside Preparation Hours

Theory and applications for the use of radiographic testing. Safety requirements for radiation environments.


Eddy Current Testing

10 Outside Preparation Hours

NDT theory and techniques of eddy current testing processes. Lab assignments implement these various testing methods.


Ultrasonic Testing

40 Outside Preparation Hours

Acoustic relationships and physical principles associated with ultrasonic testing techniques. Lab applications reinforce the theory supporting this important process.


Basic Metallurgy & Destructive Testing

40 Outside Preparation Hours

Fundamentals of metal structure and properties. Testing through destructive methods of cutting weld straps and checking tensile strength as well as any defects. Lab focus is on destructive testing applications.


Quality Management Techniques

30 Outside Preparation Hours

Roles of the welding inspector quality assurance/quality control. Basics of total quality management and statistical control.


Basic Math

This course presents the fundamental concepts of a pre-algebra course. Students will be introduced to whole numbers, fractions and decimals, integers, order of operations, percents, signed numbers, measurements, geometry, probability, and basic algebra concepts.


Introduction to Microsoft Office Suite

This course provides an overview of the popular components of the Microsoft Office suite. Students will be introduced to the basics of PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Access.


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