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April 2011

Welding/Manufacturing Skilled Trades


“These are my students, and my challenge.” “Skills once learned, are never lost.”

– Erick Martin • Welding Instructor



work ethic These are my students.

they learn... attention to detail, ...pride TO ACQUIRE NEW SKILLS.

Broderick Holmes Welding student

Ryan Kannegieter Welding student


Why Welding? There is a perception that manufacturing is dirty, dead and that there’s no need. But, this industry can be high-tech and precision-oriented. Today, manufacturers are seeking people with a diverse skill set. A fundamental skill set is extremely important. And that’s what we offer here. Both. Fundamentals and diverse skills training for long-term growth and job opportunities for you.

The bottom line is – it really comes down to people. In this profession, as you build your skills you invest in yourself. You own these skills for a lifetime. You don’t forget them. Helping you establish a good old work ethic is a core component of what we do here as well.

attitude 80% of everything in the world has welding in it. As a result, you don’t come here to learn “just good enough.” To become a long-term welder, you need to be self-driven, personally-motivated and curious...about how things work – both mechanically and physically. And, you need a big picture mentality. Because, a big skill set now – leads to big opportunities later. The time to do this, for now.


K You have to develop a knowledge-set based on quality values.


Kenneth Rehkopf Welding student

Ryan Kramer Welding student Ask yourself – Why choose welding? What will I get from my choice?

Three Seven

Paul Garten Welding student

This is a very personal kind of trade. There’s a lot of pride that goes into making things.

real people You’ll own your set of skills for a lifetime.


Welding is viable, it’s an intrinsic aspect of the manufacturing process...

good jobs ...and from an educational standpoint, it’s truly an investment in YOURSELF.

Eleven Three

“I was a die maker with an Associates Degree in Machine Tool Technology. I came back to school to add welding to my machine tool capabilities in an effort to secure a better job. And, this is the place to do it! At Kalamazoo Valley, I was able to acquire my certificate in one and a half years of fairly intense training – at a great facility – with an excellent instructor. Erick is an expert in the field who knows the mechanics, knows the training that’s needed, the educational requirements and how to teach and manage a class of skilled tradesmen. I feel fortunate to be part of this program and I know others do as well.”

– Jim Garrison 2nd year Welding student

Thirteen Three

“It’s a great program. I’ve learned a lot here. It’s a big-time commitment, but overall, I think it’s worth it. Erick doesn’t put up with a lot. But if you put forth the effort, you’re going to get something of value from it. Establishing a base in the skilled trades before coming here, gave me a leg up on building my welding skill set. Classes here – Erick’s approach, an individaul type of welding – allows you to attend part-time, keeping your existing job while you learn and improve your skills. I had a job before this, during the summer welding parttime.Erick really helped by looking over all my certificates with me to organize them in a way that would help me get full-time employment.”

– Cody Day 2nd year Welding student

“Michigan has, in my opinion, one of the worl’s best work forces. And, while so many manufacturing firms have elected to move elsewhere – anyone wanting to make something, or have something made here, will find it’s made better than anyplace else.”

– Jim Garrison 2nd year Welding student


“ I would say – this is a pretty intense program as a whole. It includes both class time, lab time and also involves, work outside class to fine-tune your skills. The more effort you put into the class, the better you get. I like Erick’s no-nonsense teaching style. He teaches – from having worked in the industry. He knows – exactly what companies want from their future employees. It’s because of this approach, that you benefit greatly, with a skill set that can last a lifetime.”

– Zach Demming 2nd year Welding student

“You don’t come here to learn – just good enough. You need a big-picture mentality.” Mark Chucta Welding student

ErickWelding Martin Instructor


Welding/Manufacturing Skilled Trades Welding Technologies • Certificate The certificate level courses in the Welding technologies program guide the student through a series of process skills using manual and automated welding. The program develops foundation and advanced skills using current welding processes. The types of welding process training include GMAW (MIG), GTAW (TIG), SMAW (ARC), FCAW and OXY-FUEL and PLASMA cutting. Materials welded include mild steel, aluminum and stainless steel. Courses offered prepare the student for entrylevel and advanceed level employment, job enahncement and may also transfer to a bachelors degree program. Courses offered can also provide the skill set necessary to successfully complete welder certification testing required by many welding companies.

Program Required Courses

ELT 100 MACH 103 MSM 120 MSM 260 WELD 190 WELD 240 WELD 255 WELD 265

Basic Electricity Fundamentals/Machine Tool Operation Basic Fluid Power Metallurgy/Mechanical Testing Welding Rapid Skills Training Shld Metal Arc Wld-Pipe/SMAW-P Advanced Inert Gas Welding Automated Welding

Minimum Credits: 31.00

2 4 2 4 10 3 3 3

WELD 120 Introduction to Welding 3-1-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is the introductory welding course. Designed for welders and non-welders. It covers the basic safe operation of the oxy-fuel welding, cutting and brazing systems along with training in the basic electric arc welding process, SMAW (arc), GMAW (mig), GTAW (tig) and FCAW. These processes provide the skills necessary to select and operate welding equipment safely. WELD 182 Rapid MIG & FCAW Welding 3-1-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is designed to develop the entry level job skills required for a welder using the MIG (GMAW) and Flux-Cored (FCAW) welding processes. It will include classroom and lab skill training in these welding processes to produce all position groove and fillet welds. Students will receive skills in electrode selection and identification, shielding gases, type of metal transfer, material identification, methods of machine set-up, and basic process troubleshooting. These credits will complete three (3) of the ten (10) credits in the Welding 190 Rapids Skills Training course. WELD 184 Rapid TIG (GTAW) Welding 3-1-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is designed to develop the entry level job skills required for a welder using the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) process. It will include skill training in this welding process to produce all position fillet and groove welds on a variety of metals including steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Students will receive classroom and hands-on training in selection of filler metals, equipment selection, and set-up, metals identification, welding procedures, thermal cutting, AWS testing procedures, machine troubleshooting, and TIG welding terminology. These credits will complete three (3) credits in the Welding 190 Rapids Skills Training course. WELD 186 Rapids ARC (SMAW) Welding 2-1-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is designed to develop the entry level job skills required for a welder using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process. It will include skill training in the welding process to produce all position fillet and groove welds on mild steel. Students will receive

classroom and hands-on training in selection of filler metals, equipment selection and set-up, metals identification, welding procedures, thermal cutting, AWS testing procedures, machine troubleshooting, and SMAW welding terminology. These credits will complete two (2) credits in the Welding 190 Rapid Skills Training course. WELD 190 Welding Rapid Skills Training 10-4-18 (Lecture/Standard Lab) The Welding Rapid Skills Training course is designed to deliver accelerated skills training in the SMAW (arc), GMAW (mig), FCAW (flux cored), GTAW (tig) and the oxy-fuel and plasma cutting operations to the American Welding Society AWS QC10 Entry Level Welder Standard. Included in the course will also be welding blueprint reading and welding symbols skills. The practical knowledge and performance qualification testing will provide levels of documented occupational skills necessary to enter the welding workforce upon completion. WELD 240 Shld Metal Arc Wld-Pipe/SMAW-P 3-1-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course offers skill training in the welding techniques used for uphill and downhill pipe welding. Students receive skill training to perform high quality welds in the common pipe welding positions 2G, 5G and 6G. Also included are testing procedures and methods to code type performance standards. Prerequisites: WELD 190, WELD 184 or equivalent experience. WELD 255 Advanced Inert Gas Welding 3-1-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) A continuation of WELD 155, this course covers skill training on larger heavier weldments. Emphasis is placed on AWS D1.1 code welding requirements. Special consideration is placed on advanced features of the welding processes such as pulse welding parameters, larger diameter welding wires, work piece preparation, and all position welding on fillet and groove welds. Weld testing and procedures to code acceptance standards are emphasized. Prerequisites: WELD 190 -or- WELD 182+184.

Fifteen WELD 265 Automated Welding 3-1-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course covers the application of the MIG (GMAW) and TIG (GTAW) welding processes using automated linear and rotational equipment. Skill training includes fixturing, positioning and assembly of various forms of automated equipment. Also included are topics in weld cost analysis, CNC plasma cutting, weld size analysis and automation safety considerations. The use of robotics is also covered. Prerequisites: WELD 255. WELD 278 Welding Internship 1-0-0 to 9-0-0 (Variable) The Welding Internship is a supervised on-the-job learning experience designed to provide students the opportunity to apply welding competencies in a work environment. Prerequisites: With some exceptions, students must have completed 75% of the coursework in the pursued degree/certificate program and have a grade point of 2.5 in the program and 2.0 overall. Comments: This course can be used as an elective in the program. See Internships under Permission Codes for more information.

Certificate Degree Welding Courses

Welding/Manufacturing Skilled Trades.2 WELD 190 Rapid WELD Skills 10 CR

WELD 240 SMAW Pipe

Alternative Route:

WELD 255 Advanced Inert

WELD 265 Automated Welding

*200 Level courses require meeting prerequisites and require instructor permission.

WELD 182 GMAW/FCAW 3 CR WELD 255 Advanced Inert



WELD 188 Blue Print Reading/ Symbols

Must complete both courses to meet prerequisite for WELD 255.

WELD 240 SMAW Pipe

WELD 265 Automated Welding

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An inside look at the colleg'e's welding program through the eyes of Eric Martin (instructor). Project designed by Thomas Mills (MillsIdeas)

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