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2021-2022 Applied Technology Pathway
Applied Technology guided pathway at RCC

Industrial Welding Technology: GTAW Welder

Career Pathway Certificate

About the Program

The Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Career Pathways Certificate will give students a focused career path in GTAW for a multitude of industry prospects including process piping, aluminum product manufacture and job shop positions. Students will develop skills in joining mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum utilizing this challenging process. Welding will be completed in flat, horizontal and vertical and overhead positions using both transformer rectifier machines and programmable square wave inverter technology.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for industrial welding programs are:

Demonstrate a commitment to a culture of safety in all college and work environments.

Produce industry quality weldments on carbon steel plate in various joint and groove configurations.

Produce industry-quality welds using GTAW on stainless steel and aluminum plate.

Develop a logical sequence of steps to foresee, troubleshoot, and resolve mechanical and process issues that may arise in the workplace.

Interpret and create mechanical blueprints to industry standards.

Layout and fabricate industry-quality fabrication projects using shearing and forming equipment.

Demonstrate and apply the professional standards of the industry.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over three years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. High school College Now credit will be accepted in accordance with current agreement. Verified industry experience may be substituted for some coursework in accordance with college policy and the department chair’s approval.

Credits earned in the successful completion of Career Pathways Certificates can be applied to other certificates and degrees in the Career Pathway. For more information, speak to a program advisor.

Completion Requirements

Students must complete all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better to receive their pathways certificates. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.



Program Map


Course No.

Course Title



Pre-algebra or designated placement score



College Reading/Fundamentals of Composition or
WR91 Fundamentals of Academic Literacy (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement score


Total Prerequisite Credits


Required Courses

Course No.

Course Title



Mechanical Fabrication



Technology of Industrial Welding I



Technology of Industrial Welding III



Technology of Industrial Welding V 1



Selected Topics in GTAW


1Documentation may be required to register for WLD212 without course prerequisites. See Welding Advisor for assistance as needed.

For more information, contact the Industrial Welding Department.

Industrial Welding faculty and staff can also be reached by:
Phone: 541-956-7500
Email: [email protected]
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711