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Department Chair

Beloit: Kyle Kopsa

Hays: Dillon Bell



Program Instructors

Danea Buschkoetter

Program Overview

The Welding Program provides specialized training in welding safety, welding theory, mathematics, cost analysis, blueprint reading and pipe template development. Students learn a variety of welding techniques including SMAW, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW as well as oxy-fuel welding/cutting and carbon arc and plasma cutting/gouging. Students become proficient in all national code and standard positions on mild steel, aluminum and stainless steel plate and pipe. Upon successful completion of the one-year program, students receive a Welding Certificate and are eligible to sit for certification examinations in a wide variety of welding disciplines.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply safe working practices while welding and cutting.
  • Prepare quality welds using the SMAW process on pipe and plate in all positions.
  • Prepare quality welds using the OFW/Brazing process in all positions.
  • Produce quality cuts using various cutting equipment and techniques on carbon, stainless and aluminum in all positions.
  • Prepare quality welds using GMAW/FCAW process on pipe and plate in all positions.
  • Prepare quality welds using GTAW process on carbon, stainless and aluminum in all positions.
  • Prepare working drawings or blueprints to produce quality products.
  • Construct products from blueprints.

Skills USA Awards – Beloit

Skills USA 2019 National Awards

Silver medal in Welding Fabrication – Eli Fleming, Wes Lay, Gavin Siebold

Skills USA 2016 National  Awards

Bronze Medal in Welding Fabrication – Kyle Alflen, Bryan Dome, Danae Buschkoetter

Skills USA 2015 National  Awards

National Champion in Welding Fabrication – Vance Appleby, Caleb Jarchow, Nathan Kuhn

Skills USA 2014 National Awards

National Champion in Welding – Curtiss Anderson
Silver Medal in Welding Fabrication – Jacob Arnold, Joel Hayes, Joe Pfiefer

Kansas Skills USA Medals (2002-Present)

23Gold Medals
9 Silver Medals
6 Bronze Medals

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This program offers a seamless transition to Fort Hays State University for the following degrees:

Business & Industry Concentration (B.S.)
Career & Technical Education Concentration (B.S.)

Post Graduate Jobs

Job Title Annual Salary
Structural/Tank Construction $28
Piping $45
Oilfield Maintenance and Repair $22
Fabrication $19

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Required Courses

Course Code Course Name Credits
First Semester
WL-100 Welding Safety/OSHA 10 1
WL-101 Oxy-Acetylene/Oxy-Fuel Procedures 2
WL-102 SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) 3
WL-105 Special Welding Procedures 3
WL-106A Blueprint Reading/Welding Symbols I 3
WL-109 Pipe Welding 2
WL-110 Advanced Cutting Processes 3
SS-102 Tech Connect 0
Second Semester
WL-103 GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding) 3
WL-104 GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) 3
WL-106B Blueprint Reading/Welding Symbols II 3
WL-111 Advanced Pipe Welding 2
WL-112 CNC Plasma Cutting 2
WL-113 FCAW (Flux Cored Arc Welding) 2
WL-114 Introduction to Welding Robotics 1
WL-107 Shop PracticumOR 2
WL-108 Internship 2
General Education Course Requirements
CIS-100 Computer Applications T▸ 3
MA-102 Essential Math T▸ 3
SS-100 General Psychology T▸ 3

T▸ - Course eligible for transfer to a state university.

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