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The Welding Technology Department at Austin Community College offers a Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Welding Inspection. The Inspection courses are offered only at the Riverside Campus; the other welding courses are available at Round Rock and Riverside.
The Welding Inspection AAS is a two year program designed to give the student a background in welding as well as training as a welding inspector.
The Inspection Certificate is a two semester program consisting of four courses. The first two courses (WLDG 1427 Welding Codes and Standards and NDTE 1405 Introduction to Ultrasonics) must be taken together and are offered only in the fall semesters. The second two courses (NDTE 2401 Advanced Ultrasonics and NDTE 2411 Preparation for Certified Welding Inspector Exam) must be taken together and are offered only in the spring semesters.
In addition to tuition and fees, there are significant costs associated with this program. The student will be responsible for purchasing the current Structural Welding Code- Steel AWS D1.1 and other books and supplies. The student will also be responsible for paying their own costs associated with taking the CWI exam (test fees, travel, etc). For details, please see the syllabi for the inspection courses.
The Welding Inspection program at Austin Community College prepares the student for two career paths:
At the completion of the Welding Inspection program, the student will have the option of entering into either of these two in-demand occupations, although some graduates choose to work in industries where combined CWI and NDT skills are especially valued. The breadth of employment possibilities is vast, including new construction, military, petrochemical, infrastructure rebuilding, nuclear, rail, power generation, aerospace — any industry where there is potential for loss of life, and where critical welds must be examined for integrity in compliance with codes, specifications and contract documents.
The student who is considering Welding Inspection as a career must be prepared to apply vigilant and constant critical thinking, must be willing to learn the mathematical formulas required for mapping flaw locations in critical welds, must be punctual and have a strong work ethic, must be prepared to undergo the background checks and unannounced drug tests required when working in high-security industrial environments, and must be of the demeanor to work with others towards the common goal of safeguarding the public.