Posted at 12:47 p.m., April 13, 2015

Process technology, welding go from pilot
to permanent

Laramie County Community College approved five new career-focused programs at the March 4 board meeting. All but two programs-welding and process technology-were previously pilot programs that had shown success.

The process technology certificate program is a seven-class program worth 19 credit hours. The program will ready students to enter a career as a process technician or operator in the petrochemical industry.

The learning outcomes include being able to demonstrate up-to-date understanding of the technical aspects of process technology, be able to read process drawings, including piping and instrumentation diagram, demonstrate appropriate use of common equipment and tools applied in process technology industry, and be aware of safety procedures, hazards and housekeeping. It is designed to be completed in one 16-week semester.

This field has an expected growth of 20 more jobs in Wyoming by 2018, which is a 6 percent increase from 2008. Professionals in this career field make an average of $28.36 an hour or $59,000 a year.

None of the other six community colleges in Wyoming offer a similar program. Employers from Sinclair, Holly Frontier, DynoNobel, Wyoming Refining, Antelope Refining and Silver Eagle have expressed a need for the program, provided content input and offered to be guest speakers or instructors for topics throughout the program.

Pilot program successful

So far, the pilot program has shown a 97 percent completion rate, and an 80 percent hiring rate, according to David Curry, technical studies program development manager.

The welding technology associate of applied science degree requires 65 credit hours. It is designed to be completed in two academic years for full-time students and four academic years for half-time students.

The welding technology certificate program is a 12-class program worth 41 credit hours. It is designed to be completed in one academic year.

The combination welding technology certificate program is a seven-class program worth 23 credit hours. It is designed to be completed in one 16-week semester.

The advanced pipe welding certificate program is a five-class program worth 18 credit hours. It is designed to be completed in one 16-week semester. “Pipe welding is where the money is,” Curry said at the March 4 board meeting.

All the welding technology programs have similar program descriptions. Students will gain an overall understanding of welding machines, weld processes, welding proficiency, print reading, welding symbols, weld inspection, testing methods, computer drafting and precision tool operation.

The learning outcomes include being able to identify weld joint designs, identify the advantages and the limitations of the welding process, explain filler metal classifications and number systems, demonstrate proper bead placement, evaluate completed welds for compliance with industry standards, prepare material for destructive tests following American Welding Society standards for testing and identify acceptable and unacceptable fillet weld profiles. All the programs will prepare students for work in the welding technology career field.

The welding technology career field has an expected growth of 210 more jobs in Wyoming by 2020, which is an 18 percent increase from 2010.

Professionals in this career field make an average of $22.18 an hour or $46,100 a year.

Other colleges offer comparable programs

The other six community colleges in Wyoming all offer similar programs. The programs were derived from similar programs at Gillette College.

Curry said he hoped to expand these programs to hold even more students with the completion of the Flex-Tech building. He went on to say each certificate program will count as credits toward the welding technology degree to increase the incentive for an associate’s degree, instead of just a certification.

The advanced pipe welding and combination welding technology certificate programs were not previously pilots.

All programs will be implemented for the fall 2015 semester.

LCCC Board of Trustees
Meetings and Meetings

LCCC March 4 Meeting Agenda

LCCC Welding Curriculum