Railroad Repair and Welding Technician I - RRA1 (Effective Fall 2017)

Offered at the Following Campuses

  • High Schools
  • Ben Hill-Irwin Campus

Program Overview

The Railcar Repair and Welding Technician I certificate program provides individuals with an opportunity to enter the workforce in an area that specializes in the repair of all classifications of railcars. Railcar Repair consists of developing skills for reviewing specifications and work orders, air brake repair and renewing, and general and specialized repairs of major and minor components.

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;>/li>
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Occupational Courses (24 - 25 hours)

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces the structural and load bearing components of all classifications of rail cars.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces the Association of American Railroads (AAR) guidelines and standards for repair of all classifications of railcars. The student will become familiar with the AAR Field Manual as a guide to the fair and proper handling of all railcar repair matters.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course provides an introduction to welding technology with an emphasis on basic welding laboratory principles and operating procedures. Topics include: industrial safety and health practices, hand tool and power machine use, measurement, Oxyacetylene welding, and Welding career potentials.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: WELD 1000

This course introduces the knowledge and skills necessary for reading welding and related blueprints and sketches. An emphasis is placed on identifying types of welds, and the associated abbreviations and symbols.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: WELD 1000

This course introduces the major theory, safety practices, and techniques required for shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) in flat positions. Qualification tests, flat position, are used in the evaluation of student progress toward making industrial welds.

Prereqs: WELD 1000

Coreqs: None

Provides knowledge of theory, safety practices, equipment, and techniques required for successful flux cored arc welding (FCAW). Qualification tests, all positions, are used in the evaluation of student progress toward making industrial standards welds. Topics include: FCAW safety and health practices, FCAW theory, machine set up and operation, shielded gas selection, and FCAW joints in all positions.
Choose One of the Following (3 - 4 hours)

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: WELD 1040

Introduces the major theory, safety practices, and techniques required for shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) in the horizontal position. Qualification tests, horizontal position, are used in the evaluation of student progress toward making industrial standard welds. Topics include: horizontal SMAW safety and health practices, selection and applications of electrodes, selection and applications for horizontal SMAW, horizontal SMAW joints, and horizontal SMAW to specification.

Prereqs: WELD 1000

Coreqs: None

Provides knowledge of theory, safety practices, inert gas, equipment, and techniques required for successful advanced gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). Qualification tests, all positions, are used in the evaluation of student progress toward making advanced level industrial standard welds. Topics include: GTAW safety and health practices; shielding gases; metal cleaning procedures; GTAW machines and equipment set up; selection of filler rods; GTAW weld positions; and advanced production of GTAW beads, bead patterns, and joints.