2013-14 Unit Plan
Welding Department

Mission Statement

The Butte College Welding Technology Department serves our community by providing diverse experiential learning opportunities in a progressive curriculum, using advanced technology, industry cooperation, and alumni support to prepare students for productive futures.

Program Description

This program has four full-time and three part time instructors.  The Welding Technology program operates daily classes from 7:30 am - 5pm and currently Saturday classes from 7am - 2:30pm.  The Welding Technology Department has made, scheduling changes to increase student success.

Certificated prerequisite courses are offered four nights per week (Monday–Thursday) from 5 - 10pm and two days per week (Tuesday/Thursday) from 12 - 5pm during the Fall semesters. The Spring semester has three such courses offered four nights per week and the summer session offers one of these courses on a shortened schedule. The full time program is impacted, with 93 on a list for Fall 2013, 50 will be excepted leaving 43 students on a waitlist.  There are 10 students on a list for Fall 2014.  

An eight week certificated capstone program is offered after completion of the Welding Technology program.  The Petro-chemical and natural gas pipeline welding capstone program is offered during the summer session.  Students who have completed the full time program will have the opportunity to obtain a high paying career with PG&E, subcontractor of PG&E, and other large petro-chemical companies.  This program operates daily from 7am – 3pm and on Saturday from 7am – 5pm.

All full-time instructors and part-time instructors are active in the Sacramento Valley Section of the American Welding Society.  The program works continually with local and state industry to maintain currency in equipment, market trends, required job skills, and workforce requirements.

It has been difficult to find a pool of qualified and available part-time individuals who can work during the hours of 7:30 am – 5:30 pm to help absorb the yearly overload on current faculty members (with the current PT staff group shrinking due to various reasons).  Historically finding part-time staff with the knowledge, experience, educational qualifications, availability, and instructional ability has been extremely difficult.  With the expansion and PG&E partnership it has become virtually impossible to find more part-time instructors. While there is a local and statewide industry using welders, in the welding industry there are not an adequate number of qualified people. 

Recruitment is an important part of our program's ability to provide a continuing flow of ready professionals to the workforce. We also participate in many other professional events. One major recruitment event that the department does annually is Arc Exposure that had 158 participants (28 high school teachers and 130 high school students) in attendance for the 2013 Arc Exposure event. Another major recruitment event that the department does annually is the Chico State/Butte College FFA field day that had 69 contestants in attendance for the 2012 field day.  These events are sponsored by industry vendors and local industry businesses.  

The department also assists on several campus wide projects and plays a critical role in fabricating small and large scale projects on campus.  We closely work with other departments on campus to provide support and collaboration throughout the campus community.  

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

#1.  Maintain existing program excellence by institutionalization of necessary funds.

Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    In response to a critical need for qualified pipeline welders, program instructors continue to work with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) to improve Butte College as PG&E's only Power Pathway welding training facility. This provides our students with an employment path to a premier employer, and has provided a source of funding for further program development. In addition there are also several other large power generation and petrochemical companies such as United Spiral Pipe, Southwest Contractors, Graces Titan DVBE, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc., and ARB, that are also interested in our welding program as a training facility and a source for potential employees. Other companies such as Matrix Services, RF McDonald, and Ferguson Welding are also looking at the program as a way to fill the demand for a retiring or expanding workforce.  This partnership will require continued funding and possible curriculum modifications and additions as the staff masters the techniques and skills that are desired.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 2

    #2.  Welding Technology training and recruitment vehicles.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
     

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 3

    #3.  Upgrade and improve existing equipment used for welding certifications.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    The purchase of a welding power source and belt sander will allow students to more efficiently complete certification test per welding codes.  Students will also utilize the welding machine and sander throughout the program for preparing and welding materials for projects and test coupons.  Students will use the welding machine and sander for preparing and welding bend specimens per welding codes, for welding certification tests. Students will also utilize this equipment throughout the welding program for preparing and welding materials for projects and test coupons.  This machine provides the latest technology in a welding machine that can adjust the electricity sine wave to maximize weld quality and performance.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 4

    #4.  Commission a study to evaluate the feasibility, program needs and probable cost to renovate, repair or expand the existing Welding Manufacturing and Mechanized Agriculture buildings.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
     

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 5

    #5.  Improve health and welfare of students and staff working within the existing facility.

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    To improve the health and safety of students and instructors the program needs additional dollars for installation of eight grinding booths on the west and east ends of the welding building. These will also act as sound/noise barriers to mitigate the grinding noise affecting the LRC, EH, and MA buildings and class areas.  In an effort to mitigate dust and fumes created by our CNC plasma cutting machine the department would like to install a ventilation system where the machine is currently in operation.  This would also expand the various base materials that can be cut.  Also working on building a fence with gates to safely secure equipment and block any potential hazards to pedestrians in the area.  If a new building is not built then a modular building located in the welding area would give prospective students an area to meet with instructors while they are discussing the program prior to the facility tour.  Current office and facility environment/space is not conducive to these specific needs.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 6

    #6.  Develop a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, fabrication program to fit the needs of local and state manufacturing companies.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    Our Welding Program Advisory Committee has directed us to improve student opportunities in fabrication skills and certification testing procedures. We are in the process of evaluating our curriculum to determine the best fit for these enhancements, also looking for outdated information and techniques which could be removed from curriculum. Instruction in the fabrication techniques will require some additional equipment, facilities, instructors, and courses. We have also begun exploration in establishing a Fabrication Program. This would generate FTES for the college, meet industry needs, and provide students with another educational/career pathway with abundant prospects and the potential for high skill, high wage employment.  This program would be one of a kind at the community college level and would further set Butte apart from other California Community Colleges.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Required Resources

    #1.  Maintain existing program excellence by institutionalization of necessary funds.

    • Chair II position (40% release/year + stipend)                                                                                   $58,000-$64,000
    • One time money which needs to change to ongoing funding                                                                 $60,000
    • Budget for the Power Pathway Capstone Program                                                                                $25,000

    #2.  Welding Technology training and recruitment vehicles.                                                     

    • Welding Truck loaded with tools for training.  This would be a fully functional welding rig.                       $85,000
    • Department truck, with necessary tools and equipment used as a recruitment tool, for marketing of the college welding program, and for AWS meetings.                                                                                                                                         $75,000

    #3.  Upgrade and improve existing equipment used for welding certifications.

    • 6” Belt sander                                                                                                                                   $2,400
    • Multiple process welding machine                                                                                                       $7,800

    #4.  Commission a study to evaluate the feasibility, program needs and probable cost to renovate, repair or expand the existing Welding Manufacturing and Mechanized Agriculture buildings.

    •  This study is estimated to cost approximately                                                                                     $20,000-$25,000

    #5.  Improve health and welfare of students and staff working within the existing facility.

    • Grinding Booths (Dust and Noise reduction)                                                                                         $300,000
    • CNC Plasma exhaust system                                                                                                               $125,000
    • Modular Office located next to the welding building                                                                               $85,000 

    #6.  Develop a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, fabrication program to fit the needs of local and state manufacturing companies.

    • Curriculum development, materials and supplies, equipment, facility, instructional support.                      $335,000

    Current Revenue Stream

    Current revenue streams come from district operational welding budget, donations, VETA funding for the chair position and for supply budget because of expansion, curriculum modifications and rising costs of welding supplies and consumables.  

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes Welding Technology Personnel Maintain existing program excellence by institutionalization of necessary funds. • Chair II position $58,000-$64,000. • One time money needing to changed to ongoing funding • $60,000. Budget for the Power Pathway Capstone Program • $25,000. 11.000.515.1.095650 51000/5430 $0.00 $149,000.00 In response to a critical need for qualified pipeline welders, program instructors continue to work with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) to improve Butte College as PG&E's only Power Pathway welding training facility. This provides our students with an employment path to a premier employer, and has provided a source of funding for further program development. In addition there are also several other large power generation and petrochemical companies such as United Spiral Pipe, Southwest Contractors, Graces Titan DVBE, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc., and ARB, that are also interested in our welding program as a training facility and a source for potential employees. Other companies such as Matrix Services, RF McDonald, and Ferguson Welding are also looking at the program as a way to fill the demand for a retiring or expanding workforce. This partnership will require continued funding and possible curriculum modifications and additions as the staff masters the techniques and skills that are desired. To save the District money, the Welding Technology Department continues to use only one instructor for the lecture portion of courses and two instructors for the lab portions. With increasing numbers of students who wish to take beginning and intermediate welding classes (these classes are prerequisites to the program), the program has added an intermediate class last summer and a beginning welding class this spring to accommodate the students trying to complete the prerequisites for the program. This will add an additional cost for supplies and part-time instruction. Welding will continue to utilize the classroom and lab to its fullest potential while increasing course offerings. Criteria has been developed for all 2 + 2 Articulation agreements. The department has been working with high school teachers to discuss and develop these criteria. The staff is committed to making this process an educational and meaningful one for all parties involved. We are also looking at increasing the number of articulation agreements both within our area, and outlying areas. The Welding Technology Department went through the process of curriculum review, two years ago, where we adopted curriculum that has been developed by the American Welding Society and National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) so that students can obtain various levels of welding achievement recognized by the industry. The staff is working on developing a course that consists of safety and professionalism in the welding industry. This course will be established as a prerequisite for the welding technology program to increase awareness of the welding industry and to increase student retention within the program. Currently the department is in the process of program review. The department is looking to institutionalize the chair position that has been assigned to it for the past four years. This position was funded through grant money but it’s a needed position for the department to maintain its current status plus future growth plans. The position has become critical to the development of the expansion, budgeting, purchasing, articulation, recruitment, industry networking, community outreach, and the organization of staff meetings and goals. Exponential growth of all welding classes and the increased laboratory time for the beginning and intermediate classes that are currently offered, and the rising cost of welding supplies necessitate an increase in supply money. We have received adjustments in the supply budget for the past five years to adequately serve the program but these dollars need to be institutionalized because current funding sources may not continue to be viable. This relief over and above our previous regular budget ranged from $8,000 to $10,000 per year prior to the expansion. With the expansion, changes to curriculum and meeting required industry standards; it is more like $16,000 to $20,000 that is needed. If our night classes double this cost is unknown at this time. The chairs position was also funded by grant money that will run out at the end of this school year. • Chair II position (40% release/year + stipend) $58,000-$64,000 • One time money which needs to change to ongoing funding $60,000 • Budget for the Power Pathway Capstone Program $25,000
    2 Yes Welding Technology Equipment Welding Technology training and recruitment vehicles. 11.000.515.1.095650 56610 $160,000.00 $0.00 While in a debriefing meeting with PG&E in early September it was brought to our attention that past grads (primarily from last year’s class) had provided some reflective comments about the program. As a whole, Students were happy with what they had been taught. They felt like it taught them work ethic, weld techniques, and appropriate math skills. One area that they felt lacking was tool identification that is more specific to a welding rig (truck). Students need to be able to identify tools and work off a welding rig (truck). Discussion took place on what types of tools needed to be covered and PG&E is working on providing us a list so that we could review it and see where we are deficient in training. Money will be needed to stock these items for training aides and to incorporate them into the curriculum. Students also wished that journeyman welders could come in and present the techniques for a hot tie in. To transport equipment and staff to events we usually require two district vehicles due to space availability in the district vehicles. A Crew-Cab truck dedicated to the program and set up to accommodate our unique needs is a necessary recruitment tool for the college and program. This truck would support career fairs, recruitment outings, industry meetings, and showcase the college during Welding Technology Department tours, Arc Exposure, and FFA Field Day, as well as career days. • Welding Truck loaded with tools for training. This would be a fully functional welding rig. $85,000 • Department truck, with necessary tools and equipment used as a recruitment tool, for marketing of the college welding program, and for AWS meetings. $75,000
    3 Yes Welding Technology Equipment Upgrade and improve existing equipment used for welding certifications. • 6” Belt sander $2,400 • Multiple process welding machine $7,800 11.000.515.1.095650 56610 $10,200.00 $0.00 The purchase of a welding power source and belt sander will allow students to more efficiently complete certification test per welding codes. Students will also utilize the welding machine and sander throughout the program for preparing and welding materials for projects and test coupons. Students will use the welding machine and sander for preparing and welding bend specimens per welding codes, for welding certification tests. Students will also utilize this equipment throughout the welding program for preparing and welding materials for projects and test coupons. This machine provides the latest technology in a welding machine that can adjust the electricity sine wave to maximize weld quality and performance. • 6” Belt sander $2,400 • Multiple process welding machine $7,800
    4 Yes Welding Technology Facilities Commission a study to evaluate the feasibility, program needs and probable cost to renovate, repair or expand the existing Welding Manufacturing and Mechanized Agriculture buildings. • This study is estimated to cost approximately $20,000-$25,000 11.000.515.1.095650 56000 $25,000.00 $0.00 The Welding Manufacturing building has reached the end of its useful life. It is in need of significant repairs or replacement. Additionally, the Welding program is in high demand and may need additional space to expand the program. The Mechanized Agriculture building has two classrooms and an office that are not ADA compliant and the restrooms are in need of replacement. There may be an opportunity to cure the facilities issues in the area with a construction and/or remodel program. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the needs of the departments, determine costs associated with various options and propose a plan for future development. • This study is estimated to cost approximately $20,000-$25,000
    5 Yes Welding Technology Facilities Improve health and welfare of students and staff working within the existing facility.• Grinding Booths (Dust and Noise reduction) $300,000 • CNC Plasma exhaust system $125,000 • Modular Office located next to the welding building $ 85,000 11.000.515.1.095650 56000 $510,000.00 $0.00 To improve the health and safety of students and instructors the program needs additional dollars for installation of eight grinding booths on the west and east ends of the welding building. These will also act as sound/noise barriers to mitigate the grinding noise affecting the LRC, EH, and MA buildings and class areas. In an effort to mitigate dust and fumes created by our CNC plasma cutting machine the department would like to install a ventilation system where the machine is currently in operation. This would also expand the various base materials that would be able to be cut. Also working on building a fence with gates to safely secure equipment and block any potential hazards to pedestrians in the area. If a new building is not built then a modular building located in the welding area would give prospective students an area to meet with instructors while they are discussing the program prior to the facility tour. Current office and facility environment/space is not conducive to these specific needs. • Grinding Booths (Dust and Noise reduction) $300,000 • CNC Plasma exhaust system $125,000 • Modular Office located next to the welding building $ 85,000
    6 Yes Welding Technology Operating Expenses Develop a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, fabrication program to fit the needs of local and state manufacturing companies. • Curriculum development, materials and supplies, equipment, facility, instructional support. $335,000 11.000.515.1.095650 51000/5430 $185,000.00 $150,000.00 Our Welding Program Advisory Committee has directed us to improve student opportunities in fabrication skills and certification testing procedures. We are in the process of evaluating our curriculum to determine the best fit for these enhancements, also looking for outdated information and techniques which could be removed from curriculum. Instruction in the fabrication techniques will require some additional equipment, facilities, instructors, and courses. We have also begun exploration in establishing a Fabrication Program. This would generate FTES for the college, meet industry needs, and provide students with another educational/career pathway with abundant prospects and the potential for high skill, high wage employment. This program would be one of a kind at the community college level and would further set Butte apart from other California Community Colleges. Welding and Auto Technology Departments have presented a new program called Light Fabrication to the NFN consortium. This program will be developed by the Welding and Drafting Technology Departments. It will be designed to teach students the desired skills needed in the manufacturing and motor sports industry. The two programs are meeting to discuss the skill sets students need, surveying the student body, putting together an advisory committee and developing curriculum. The departments are also looking at working with other departments like Drafting to build this Fabrication Program. Welding and Auto have surveyed students within the programs last Spring to compile student knowledge, interest, and desire for the program. These departments are also going to survey students in the Spring courses. Currently discussions have started with the Drafting Department and also a course has been developed called applied academics that is in its trial stage with Auto and is planning on being implemented into Welding next year. This course is going well and also being looked at to be part of the Fabrication Program. • Curriculum development, materials and supplies, equipment, facility, instructional support. $335,000
    Total(s) $890,200.00 $299,000.00