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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2021
Units: 4
Hours: 20 lecture, 103 laboratory per quarter (123 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 demonstrate proper flame cutting techniques on steel plate and pipe.
  • A student will be able to demonstrate the proper assembly of oxy-fuel equipment.
  • A student will be able to describe electrodes and the fundamental operating characteristics of SMAW.


Provides students with a working knowledge of welding principles as they relate to Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). Students will gain knowledge in the principles of oxygen/acetylene cutting and welding.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Perform pipefitting and welding
B. Perform oxy-acetylene cutting in the pipefitting industry
C. Learn safety related to welding and burning

Course Content

A. Safety
1. Review safety specifications for set up and teardown
2. Review OSHA practices
B. Welding and cutting techniques
1. Weld metal plate and pipe to industry standards
2. Prepare pipe ends for welding
3. Complete test coupon in 6G position in both SMAW and GTAW applications
4. Become competent with oxy/acetylene cutting torch

Lab Content

Students will work individually and in teams to practice 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 Welding Techniques
D. Welding Safety Practices
E. GTAW Welding Techniques

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Laboratory with welding equipment
B. Welding and oxy-acetylene torch
C. Personal protective equipment

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation may include but are not limited to the following:

Written examination
Hands-on demonstration
Chapter quizzes
Group and classroom participation

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of Instruction may include but are not limited to the following:


Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

International Pipe Trades Joint Training Committee, Inc.. Welding Practices & Procedures for the Pipe Trades. 2016.

International Pipe Trades Joint Training Committee, Inc.. Oxy-Fuel Cutting & Welding and Shielded Metal-Arc Welding. 2007.

Although one or more of these texts are older than the recommended 5 years they conform to national training standards and are considered seminal works in the discipline.

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

A. Readings from the textbooks. Examples include:
1. Perform lay-out of oxy-fuel cutting and welding procedures
2. Use instruments for piping systems layouts
B. Writing assignments. Examples include:
1. Perform math calculations for pipe measurements
2. Utilize geometry formulas for piping systems
3. Apply formulas from oxy-fuel cutting and welding


Plumbing OR Welding