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Panhandle State Offering Welding Certification Program

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 04/18/2017 Panhandle State is now offering a Welding Certification Program. —Photo by Dustyn Murphey Panhandle State is now offering a Welding Certification Program. —Photo by Dustyn Murphey

Goodwell, Okla. — Oklahoma Panhandle State University is excited to begin a new step in the Industrial Technology Program with a Welding Certification Program. This program allows for a standardized curriculum and assessment with readily available credentials for construction and maintenance. The program will be accredited via the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

The four level curriculum is broken down into modules and students can certify after each module in each level. Students must score a 70% or higher to receive certification in written and performance exams. Written exams may be taken online. Classes will meet once a week and the program can be completed in two years.

The program will prepare students to take the state certification exam. Additionally, it combines well with the Associates in Applied Science with a Metal Technology option. In addition to the above certification, Panhandle State is seeking approval for an embedded certificate in welding technology from the Oklahoma State Regents. Approximately $23,000 of equipment has been purchased for the program.

The program is sponsored by Associated General Contractors of Oklahoma (AGC).

Program classes include: Welding Safety, Oxyfuel Cutting, Plasma Arc Cutting, Air Carbon Arc Cutting and Gouging, Base Metal Preparation, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Joint Fit-up and Alignment, Welding Symbols, Reading Welding Detail Drawings, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Flux Core Arc Welding, Weld Quality, Physical Characteristics and Mechanical Properties of Metal, Preheating and Postheating of Metals, and Soldering and Brazing.

For more information, contact the Panhandle State Industrial Technology Department at 580.349.1448.


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