Welding Technology - Southwestern Illinois College

General Information

Studying welding technology will give you the experience and knowledge needed for your future career.

A top program in the Nation

SWIC is recognized by the American Welding Society as one of the best programs in the nation.

We offer one degree and 4 certificates:
On campus Welding Shop

The welding shop on campus has state-of-the-art equipment. The laboratory is open six days a week, 70 hours a week allowing you time for the practice and experience you need to be prepared for a welding career.

Why Welding at SWIC?

One of The Best in the Nation

The American Welding Society recognizes the Welding Technology program at Southwestern Illinois College as one of the best in the nation.

The welding technology program follows American Welding Society Level I and II National Standards.

In addition to the A.A.S. that can be earned at Southwestern, the student can earn a Bachelor’s Degree by transferring to Ferris State University.

The program provides expert training to beginning welders as well as a chance for experienced welders to upgrade their skills.

Students gain extensive hands-on experience and learn about employer relationships in preparation for the job market.

Students learn Shielded Metal Arc Welding; Gas metal Arc Welding, including short circuits, globular and spray transfers; Flux Cored Arc Welding and Plasma Arc Welding and Cutting; Acetylene Welding and Cutting; Gas Tungsten Arc Welding; blueprint reading; layout fit up; and how to inspect welds.

Equipment Offered

State-of-the-art Equipment

The college’s welding shop has state-of-the-art equipment, and instructors offer students years of experience as well as knowledge of the latest trends in welding.

Members of the staff are also active in the American Welding Society St. Louis Section, and National AWS Committee.

The college is a member of Vocational Industrial Clubs of America.

Maximized Hands-on Experience

The laboratory is open six days a week, 70 hours a week to maximize hands-on experience.

Day students attend classes four or five days a week; night students attend classes two or three nights a week.

Students use about 30,000 pounds of filler metal and 50 tons of metal each year.

Course Topics

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Gas metal Arc Welding, including short circuits, globular and spray transfers
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding and Plasma Arc Welding and Cutting
  • Acetylene Welding and Cutting
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • Blueprint reading
  • Layout fit up
  • How to inspect welds.

Locations

Campuses

Lectures are held at the Belleville and Granite City Campuses as well as at the East St.Louis Center.

Training Facilities

SWIC offers welding shops for hands on learning at the Belleville and Granite City Campuses as well as at the East St.Louis Center.

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