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Advanced ARC Welding

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  • 4 Credits
  • 06/03/2022 to 01/01/2075
  • Modified 07/24/2023


Students will develop the skills necessary to produce quality multiple pass fillet and groove welds on steel plates. Conventional and low hydrogen electrodes are used in preparation of passing performance tests in all positions. Destructive testing methods, weld profiles and welding symbols as related to arc welding are introduced. (F, Sp)


Prerequisite Course: Minimum 2.5 in WELD 103
Placement Scores: Reading Level 3 and Writing Level 2

Course Note: Students need to bring their own safety glasses, pliers, leather welding gloves and leather work boots to start welding on the first day of class.

Contact Hours







Total Hrs


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate safety procedures in Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Plasma Cutting, and Air Arc Gouging applications.
  2. Describe and explain the parts of fillet and groove welds through American Welding Society definitions.
  3. Demonstrate the use of weld gauges and measure fillet and groove welds.
  4. Identify different types of metals.
  5. Define metallurgical terminology used in welding.
  6. Define a welding code and standards for certification.
  7. Describe destructive tests and explain/demonstrate how to perform them.
  8. Explain different weld defects and their causes.
  9. Demonstrate methods of reducing distortion.
  10. Demonstrate position groove welds, both open root and closed root (with backer plates).
  11. Identify basic welding symbols and interpret them by going over exercises and drawings.

Given lectures and lab demonstrations on the topics, the student will be assessed on each of these outcomes through traditional exams, quizzes, and laboratory assignments. Given  demonstrations by the instructor and many lab practice welds, the student will be assessed to industry standards by the American Welding Society D1.1 Welding Code Visual Acceptance with 80% accuracy.

The standards for the course outcomes will be measured against the text used for the course. A successful student will achieve a score of 70% or better on these assessments.


Other Materials/Resources

Instructor handouts

Tools, Equipment or Apparel (Required of the Student)

Safety glasses
Leather gloves


Student Electronic Access to Grades

Students will have access to their grades through D2L in order to receive feedback on their progress in the course at any time. These grades will align with the Evaluation Criteria listed in this syllabus.

Results for graded items should be posted electronically within 48 hours after the instructor has completed the grading process for the items, and final grades for the course should be entered no later than the specified grading day.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Class Attendance

If 15% of class is missed, grade drops one full grade if not made up or excused.

Exams or Tests 15%
Final Exam 15%
Projects 60%
Quizzes 10%


College Standard Numeric Grade

Narrative Equivalent

Guideline for Performance Achievement of Objectives



91% to 100%



86% to 90%



81% to 85%



76% to 80%



71% to 75%



66% to 70%



60% to 65%


Failed - Finished

0% to 59%


Failed - Unfinished

0% to 59%

Course Policies

Class Attendance/Participation


Extra Credit

Extra credit may be available in this course. This information is provided by the section instructor.

Institutional Policies

Academic Success Coaches (ASC)

Student success is our first goal. Our Academic Success Coaches mentor students to help them meet their educational, personal and career goals. Faculty or staff may submit an Academic Alert to refer you to an ASC for the resources needed to be successful in class. Please watch your LCC email for a referral.

We also suggest you contact an ASC on your own if you need help or advice to reach your goals.  

To contact an ASC, call (517) 483-1422, email [email protected], or visit the Academic Success Coach Team website for more information.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class should contact the Center for Student Access (CSA). They are located in the Gannon Building, Star Zone - Center for Student Support.  You can also access the Center for Student Access website, or call (517) 483-1924.  Contacting the Center early helps ensure that accommodations for you are put in place as soon as possible.

Enrollment Verification

Instructors will verify participation in a course by the 8th day after the start date of sections less than 8 weeks long, and by the 15th day after the start date of sections 8 weeks or longer. Students who have not participated will be dropped from the course and may be responsible for any non-refundable fees.

Nondiscrimination Statement

LCC provides equal opportunity for all persons and prohibits discriminatory practices based on race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or participate in educational programs, courses, services or activities offered by the College.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Human Resource Manager/Employee Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1879; Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-9632.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

The College recognizes the value and importance of a safe and orderly learning environment that supports honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct. The Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the College community.  The College has established procedures for reporting and addressing alleged violations.                 

Students must follow the Student Code of Conduct and the General Rules and Guidelines. Also, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.


For transfer information, please consult the LCC Transfer Center webpage.  In addition, the Michigan Transfer Network website allows students to search how courses transfer to colleges and universities statewide.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) simplifies the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. For the most current information, see the LCC General Education webpage.

Students interested in transfer should contact the Transfer Center in the Gannon Building, Room 2204, or call (517) 483-9700.

Media Release Statement

Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be taken for College-related business, in connection with their enrollment or participation in LCC activities without compensation from LCC, its Trustees, officers, directors, employees, students and agents of each of them.  Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be used for any legal purposes.

College Catalog

For information, rules, and procedures on matters such as the Academic Calendar, Appeals, Extra Credit, Incompletes, Withdrawals, etc., please review the College Catalog, and contact your Academic Advisor or Academic Success Coach with any questions.

Emergency Notifications and the Rave Guardian App

The College uses an emergency notification system to provide information on urgent situations such as power outages, weather emergencies, and other incidents related to the safety and security of those on campus.  Therefore, it is important that we have the correct contact information on file. To review and update your contact information for those alerts, go to myLCC, School tab, Student eToolbox, and click on “Emergency Notification System”.  You will be directed to your RAVE alert personal dashboard, where you can review, update, confirm, and test the phone numbers and email addresses on file.  Students with a mobile/cell number on file will receive text alerts. If you made updates to your contact information, please also go to the Banner Self Service Personal Information tab to update your contact information in Banner.  You may also want to download the Rave Guardian app which has features to enhance your safety on and off campus.  For more information, see the Police Department website.

Academic Advising

Academic Advisors help students identify and update programs based on career goals, and assist in building semester course MAPs (degree plans). They are available to discuss transfer options and ensure students are meeting the requirements for graduation. It is highly recommended to schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor before registration each semester. To schedule an appointment online, visit our Academic Advising webpage. Be sure to also check out the Preparing for Your Appointment page.

Additional Items

Course Practices


  1. Leather type shoes are required to protect students from welding sparks, etc. (no canvas type or open type shoe will be accepted in the welding lab.)
  2. Long sleeve shirts and long pants with no cuffs are required. Cotton shirts are recommended. Synthetic material will not resist sparks and are potentially dangerous.
  3. Safety glasses are to be worn at all times in the welding lab. No Exceptions!
  4. Welding Hoods or Goggles are to be worn with respect to their proper operations. No Exceptions!
  5. Aprons are required to be worn for Arc Welding, Gas Welding and Cutting Operations.
  6. Cooling of hot metals is to be done in the cooling tanks only, not the wash area.
  7. No student is to operate unfamiliar equipment without first checking with the instructor.
  8. All welding electrodes are to be returned to the respective box at the end of the period.
  9. Return unused metal to its proper location when cleaning up.
  10. Place all welded scrap and rod stubs in the scrap bin when cleaning up.
  11. Area is to be swept and cleaned in each booth and the work bench area where students worked in the lab before leaving the lab.
  12. People using grinders must wear safety glasses and full shields when grinding.
  13. It is recommended to wear ear protection in the welding lab.

** ** Any student not adhering to the above safety rules will not be allowed to participate in the welding lab.

Course Specific Information

Lansing Community College is an institution of educational excellence. Members of the LCC community strive to create an environment that contributes to academic success and personal growth. All members of LCC's community are responsible for creating and respecting conditions both in the classroom and on campus that encourages teaching and learning in a positive atmosphere.

Students are responsible for knowing the Student General Rules and Guidelines which can be found at the following web address: