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Welding Technology - Gas Metal Arc (MIG)

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About This Program

In addition to operating welding equipment, welders assemble metal parts or products, align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly, lay out parts to prepare for assembly, measure dimensions, and read blueprints. The ASUMH Welding Program introduces students to the skills needed for a variety of positions within the field of welding. All students receive beginning instruction in shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, and gas tungsten arc welding.

Gas Metal Arc Welding, or MIG welding, is the second most popular welding technique used today. MIG stands for Metal Inert Gas Welding and it boils down to the concept of combining two pieces of metal together with a wire that is connected to an electrode current. The wire then passes through the welding stick which is shielded by an inert gas.

Some of the advantages that MIG welding offers over the other welding techniques include ease of use and the lower degree of precision that is required by the operator in order to obtain decent welds. However, MIG welding usually ends up being a bit more sensitive to external factors like wind, rain and dust and generally more settings like voltage and wire speed need to be finely tuned by the operator.

MIG is easier to master for operators because the electrode is being automatically fed through the torch. Unlike other processes where both hands are used, in MIG the operator guides the welding gun across the area being welded. MIG welding is most commonly used in automotive repair, plumbing, construction, robotics and the maritime industry.

Not sure you are ready to commit to a degree? ASUMH offers a technical certificate program and two certificates of proficiency in welding technology or gas metal arc welding.

Still in high school? Welding is one of the programs offered through the ASUMH Secondary Center. That means you can start taking classes before graduating from high school. Contact your counselor or ASUMH for more information!

SOURCE: https://weldinghelmetpros.com/different-types-of-welding-processes

Contact Info

Mr. Rick Hastings
phone: 870-508-6160
Email: rhastings@asumh.edu

Skills Learned

Welding equipment operation
Welding shop safety
Design of welding joints
Overhead and vertical welding positions
Dragging technique
Vertical up beads and vertical up with root, fill and cap

Job Opportunities In

Fabrication Welder
Fabricator
Fitter/Welder
Maintenance Welder
$98
Tuition Per Credit Hour
4 Semesters
Program Duration
60
Credit Hours
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Classes You'll Take

Metallurgy
Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Gas Metal Arc Welding
Blueprints
CAD
Welding Electives
DEGREE CHECKLIST
Transferable Degrees & Stackable Credentials
Transferrable degrees are programs of study that allow students to complete general education courses. Many students who intend to transfer to another college/university complete these degree programs.
Stackable Credentials are Technical Certificates that might be “stacked” to meet requirements for a higher-level certificate or degree program like an associate's degree.

Transferable Degrees

Stackable Credentials

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