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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 4.5
Hours: 30 lecture, 72 laboratory per quarter (102 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Per California Code of Regulations, this course is limited to students admitted to the Plumbing & Pipefitting Apprenticeship Program.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • A student will be able to apply safety techniques related to welding and burning of metals.
  • A student will be able to produce weld samples in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions.
  • A student will be able to demonstrate welding techniques and methods.


Third-year course of the Plumber & Pipefitter Apprenticeship program. This course provides students with a working knowledge of welding principles, as it relates to Metal ARC welding, Gas ARC welding, TIG Welding, MIG Welding and Oxygen/Acetylene burning and welding.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Demonstrate safety related to welding and burning
B. Demonstrate welding techniques and methods
C. Demonstrate how to weld pipe

Course Content

A. Safety
1. Review safety specifications for setup and teardown
2. Review OSHA practices
B. Welding Techniques
1. Weld a metal plate and pipe to standards and specifications
2. Prepare an arc weld
3. Complete a test coupon
4. Perform a MIG weld
C. Pipe Welding
1. Weld joints for pipe
2. Oxy-acetylene welding

Lab Content

Students will work individually and in teams on the welding and burning techniques used on the job site in this laboratory:
A. Basic Welding Techniques
B. Pipe Fitting and Welding
C. Oxy-fuel cutting & SMAW Techniques
D. GTAW Welding Techniques
E. Welding Safety Practices

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Laboratory with welding equipment
B. Personal protective equipment

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Written examination
B. Hands-on demonstration
C. Chapter Quizzes
D. Group and Classroom participation
E. Punctuality

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lecture
B. Discussion
C. Laboratory
D. Demonstration

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Oxy/Fuel Cutting & Welding/Shielded Metal Arc Welding manual, Pipe Trades Pocket Manual and Pipe fitters Hand Book. Washington, D.C.: International Pipe Trades Joint Training Committee, Inc., 2014.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Readings from the pocket manual on Welding and the Pipe Fitters Handbook

1. The theory of SMAW Welding as it pertains to the trades

2. The theory of GTAW as it pertains to the trades

B. Writing assignments include homework from:

1. Written OSHA practices used in the laboratory

2. Types of welding techniques used for various applications

3. Welding safety enforced in the field