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Welding Technology

Program

This technical certificate program prepares students for entry-level placement in the welding industry. Instruction includes metal cutting, arc welding, semi-automatic (MIG) welding, and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding. The welding program curriculum follows American Welding Society (AWS) education standards for entry-level welders. Students receive instruction in practical applications of welding techniques as well as the operation and maintenance of related tools in the industry. Graduates may find employment in manufacturing, maintenance, independent welding shops, and construction companies.

Technical Certificate

FALL SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM. HR.
WLD 1214 GMAW I (MIG) Welding 4
WLD 2214 GMAW II (MIG) Welding 4
WLD 1224 GTAW I (TIG) Welding 4
WLD 2224 GTAW II (TIG) Welding 4
TECH 1003 Technical Math or higher level math 3
Semester Total

19

 
SPRING SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM. HR.
WLD 1114 SMAW I Welding 4
WLD 2114 SMAW II Welding 4 4
WLD 1244 Layout and Pipefitting I 4
WLD 2244 Layout and Pipefitting II 4
Semester Total 16
Program Total 35
 
Approved electives:
WLD 1513 Cutting Principles and Practices  
WLD 1404 Welding Evaluation and Testing  
WLD 1613 Welding Metallurgy  
 
Basic Studies Requirements:
Reading - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 41 or above (or) COMPASS 80 or above (or) complete BSTD 0113 Reading Skills II.
Writing - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 42 or above (or) COMPASS 75 or above (or) complete BSTD 0213 Fundamentals of Writing II.
Math - ACT 15 or above (or) ASSET Numerical Skills 39 or above (or) COMPASS 36 or above (or) complete BSTD 0413 Elementary Algebra.
 
Those students whose basic studies scores are below minimum levels must enroll in basic studies courses and may concurrently enroll in program courses with the instructor’s permission. Minimum levels of basic skills must be attained prior to completion of the program.

Certificate of Proficiency - SMAW Welding Technology

SMAW Welding Technology

This Certificate of Proficiency gives students instruction in basic welding skills in oxyacetylene and shielded metal arc welding along with a sound knowledge and understanding of industrial safety practices. The curriculum is based upon the certification criteria of the American Welding Society (AWS). Students may receive employment as entry-level welders at various manufacturing plants and job shops.

WLD 1114 SMAW I Welding 4
WLD 2114 SMAW II Welding 4
Semester Total 8

Certificate of Proficiency - (MIG) Welding

GMAW (MIG) Welding

This Certificate of Proficiency gives students a basic understanding of the various welding techniques in the welding industry. This certificate requires the completion of 8 semester hours of course work. Graduates may find entry-level employment in manufacturing, maintenance, independent welding shops, and construction companies.

WLD 1224 GMAW I (MIG) Welding 4
WLD 2224 GMAW II (MIG) Welding 4
Semester Total 8

Certificate of Proficiency - GTAW (TIG) Welding

GTAW (TIG) Welding

This certificate is designed to help students gain an entry-level position as a “TIG welder.”  These courses will help the student understand how to weld both steel plate and pipe with the GMAW process. This certificate will also give a student a beginning knowledge of welding Aluminum and Stainless with the GTAW process. The student will also learn the basics of the Plasma cutting torch.

WLD 1224 GTAW (TIG) Welding 4
WLD 2224 GTAW (TIG) Welding 4
Semester Total 8

Certificate of Proficiency - Welding Layout and Pipefitting

Welding Layout and Pipefitting

This certificate is designed to help the student gain an entry-level position as a pipe fitter/layout person in the welding industry. Upon completion the student should have a vast knowledge of how to layout structure and pipe angles and different fits. The student should also have the ability to cut out these fits with any major cutting procedure.

WLD 1244 Layout and Pipefitting I 4
WLD 2244 Layout and Pipefitting II 4
Semester Total 8

Secondary Technical Center

Program

Through a consortium of secondary school districts, Union County high school students may pursue a program of technical skills studies on the SouthArk campus. SouthArk offers a minimum of five career/technical programs to qualify high school students. Students may receive, not only high school credits for course completion, but college credits, as well. The cost of tuition is free to the student. Books and tuition are provided through SouthArk's Secondary Technical Center and funded by the local school districts and through the Arkansas Department of Workforce Education.

Programs Currently Available

  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Health Occupations (High School credit only)
  • Welding

 

Partnership Schools

  • El Dorado
  • Junction City
  • Norphlet
  • Parkers Chapel
  • Smackover
  • Strong

 

Faculty and Staff

Kaci Travis
Technical Program Support Specialist
870-864-7148

Process Technology

Program

This degree program is designed to train refinery operators, chemical operators, and process technicians for urgently-needed high-paying local industry jobs.

These operators control and monitor the systems that run industrial plants. Operators gather information using instrumentation and lab equipment to maintain safe work areas and keep plants in compliance with regulatory requirements.

Operators work both indoors and outdoors alongside engineers, chemists and other professionals. Operators use knowledge of computers, math, physics and chemistry to keep industrial plants running safely and efficiently.

Technical Certificate

SEMESTER 1
COURSE   SEM.HR.
PTEC 1113 Introduction to Process Technology 3
PTEC 1123 Safety, Health and the Environment 3
PTEC 1133 Process Instrumentation 3
CHEM 1004/L Fundamentals of Chemistry/Lab or  
CHEM 1024/L Chemistry I for Science/Lab * 4
MATH 1023 College Algebra* or  
TECH 1003 Technical Mathematics 3
Semester Total 16
 
SEMESTER 2
ENGL 1113 Composition I 3
CSCI 1003 Computers and Information Processing** 3
PTEC 1244 Process Technology I – Equipment 4
PTEC 1253 Principles of Quality 3
PHYS 2024/L Physical Science/Lab 4
Semester Total   17

Associate of Applied Science

SEMESTER 3
ENGL 1123 Composition II or
 
ENGL 2043 Technical Writing for Industry
3
PTEC 2364 Process Technology II – Systems 4
Elective Social Science/Economics Elective 3
Elective PTEC/IDEQ/WLD Restricted Elective or Internship*** 3/4
Semester Total

13/14

 
SEMESTER 4
PTEC 2474 Process Technology III – Unit Operations 4
PTEC 2484 Process Trouble Shooting 4
PTEC 2333 Process Instrumentation II 3
Elective PTEC/IDEQ/WLD Restricted Elective or Internship*** 4-Mar
Semester Total 14/15
Total Program Hours 60
 

* College Algebra, Chemistry I for Science, and Composition II are strongly recommended for those planning to continue their education at a four-year college. Tech Math, Fundamentals of Chemistry, and Technical Writing are suggested for those going directly into the workforce, with no plan for pursuing additional degrees. 

**Higher level CSCI courses may be substituted with Dean’s approval

***Electives include up to two industry internships and all 3 or 4 hour IDEQ or WLD courses

 
Basic Studies Requirements:  
Reading - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 41 or above (or) COMPASS 80 or above (or) complete BSTD 0113 Reading Skills II.
Writing - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 42 or above (or) COMPASS 75 or above (or) complete BSTD 0213 Fundamentals of Writing II.
Math - ACT 15 or above (or) ASSET Numerical Skills 39 or above (or) COMPASS 36 or above (or) complete BSTD 0413 Elementary Algebra.

Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technology

Program

The Industrial Equipment Maintenance program was designed by the advisory committee to meet industry requirements. Successful completion will equips students with the technical skills necessary to maintain, repair, troubleshoot, and manage modern maintenance programs in industrial plants, warehouses, hospitals, schools, and government buildings. Specific topics of coverage will include fluid power and controls, gear and belt-drive systems, electric motors and control systems, programmable logic controls and process control. Classes are designed in lecture and lecture/lab format to give the student a solid foundation in general maintenance skills. Coursework completed is applicable to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in General Technology.

Certificate of Proficiency

COURSE   SEM. HR.
IDEQ 1003 Fundamentals of Industrial Maintenance 3
TECH 1203 Industrial Safety or  
PTEC 1123 Safety, Health, and the Environment 3
IDEQ 1403 Fundamentals of Electricity 3
IDEQ 1413 Electrical Circuits 3
IDEQ 1103 Blueprint Reading for Industrial Trades 3
IDEQ 1603 Fluid Power Systems (Hydraulics/Pneumatics) 3
TECH 1003 Technical Math or higher level math 3
IDEQ 2013 Coupling and Alignment 3
IDEQ 2503 Precision Measuring Tools 3
IDEQ 1903 Industrial Motors and Controls 3
IDEQ 2004 Industrial Mechanics 4
IDEQ 1613 Advance Fluid Power (Hydraulics/Pneumatics) 3
ENGL 1113 Composition I 3
Program Total   40