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Corsicana · Career & Techical Education · Welding

Advanced Topics in GTAW

  • Spring 2023
  • Section 01W2
  • 4.0 Credits
  • 03/20/2023 to 05/08/2023
  • Modified 11/04/2022

Based on recommendations from the CDC and other governmental agencies, the content delivery method for this course may need to be modified.

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3 lec/3 lab (4 Cr.) Advanced topics in GTAW welding, including welding in various positions and directions.


Upon completion of the core curriculum, students are expected to demonstrate competence in all of the core objectives listed in the college catalog. The overall content of this course is designed to enhance skills in each of the following core objectives.

  • Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Social Responsibility - to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities
  • Personal Responsibility - ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision making
  • Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate welding skills sufficient to meet industry certified welder standards.
  • Interpret codes and safety standards that pertain to the welding industry.
  • Use proper hand, measuring, and layout tools, to fabricate welded projects or certification coupons.
  • Demonstrate work attributes and ethics that contribute to personal success and towards employment goals.
  • Demonstrate safety requirements for GTAW welding procedures
  • Describe the effects of welding parameters in GTAW
  • Diagnose welding problems
  • Perform visual inspections
  • Identify and explain open-root V-groove pipe weld techniques
  • Perform open-root V-groove pipe welds

Required and Optional Materials

Visit the Navarro College Bookstore: College Bookstore


  • Author: NCCER
  • Edition: FIFTH EDITION



Supplies – All are required.  Not having these required tools will affect your grade for this course.

You are required to purchase the following items for your classes. You are preparing to enter the profession of welding, and like other technical crafts, it requires specialized tools and equipment.  Higher quality tools cost more initially, but they tend to last longer and usually result in savings over time.

Most tools are needed on the first day of class, some are needed by week 2.  All other tools are required by mid-term.


  1. Safety glasses*
  3. TIG TUNGSTEN* 1/8 3X , 3/32 3X*
  5. TORCH BODY COLLET 1/8 3X, 3/32 3X*
  6. TORCH ELECTRODE COLLET 1/8 3X, 3/32 3X*
  9. Welding hood with replacement cover lenses *
  10. Welding cap
  11. Boots or high-top shoes*
  12. Gauntlets or gloves, according to your class*
  13. Leather sleeves or jacket – (Not required if only taking WLDG 1434 - Intro to GTAW)*
  14. Long sleeve heavy cotton work shirt*
  15. Cutting glasses/FACE SHIELD shade 3 or 5*
  16. Hand wire brush*
  17. Chipping hammer*
  18. Vice Grip™  10R, or 10WR, or 10CR, or 12LC  (at least one vice grip)*
  19. Striker with flint replacements*
  20. Soapstone*
  21. needle-nose pliers with side cutter, if taking a GMAW course (Welder’s Plier such as Welpers™ recommended)*
  22. 12” combination square with steel blade, or 6”speed square*
  23. 4½” diameter angle grinder** – must have by end of week 2
  24. Extra grinding disks (1/4”x4 ½”)** - must have by end of week 2
  25. Extra wire wheels (4 ½”) **- must have by end of week 2
  26. retractable tape measure **- must have by end of week 2
  27. Ear plugs **- must have by end of week 2
  28. 10” crescent wrench
  29. Tool box or bucket or tool bag
  30. Face shield with clear lenses
  31. Oxy/Fuel tip cleaner
  32. Vice Grips™, two 11R each


*Indicates needed on first day of class           

**Must have by end of week 2


These items can be obtained from THE COLLEGE BOOK STORE OR CORSICANA WELDING SUPPLY. Most items can also be purchased from any hardware store.

Assignments and Activities










Grading Criteria

Grading criteria will conform to the established policy of Navarro College, as stated in the College catalog: A=90-100%; B=80-89%; C=70-79%; D=60-69%; F= Below 60%. 

Grading criteria for certain programs, including those in the health professions, may differ. Grading criteria for such courses or programs may be located in the course syllabus and/or program handbook.






Course Policies

Instructional Modalities

Description of instructional modalities

Face to Face 



Face to face courses are taught in a traditional classroom format. 

Courses classified as “Hybrid” in the course schedule (identified with the letter ‘H’ in the course section designation) will use a combination of face-to-face classroom and online instructional methods. A minimum of 50 percent of the course must be taught online to be classified as a hybrid course.

Students must have regular access to a computer and a reliable internet connection, either on campus or in a personal setting, to complete all assignments.

In addition to traditional lecture, Navarro College uses the Canvas Learning Management System to provide course materials and activities assigned by the instructor. Access user information here:

To access Canvas:
(1) Go to:
(2) Enter your User Name and Password
(3) Click on the Canvas icon and locate your course on the Canvas Dashboard.

Final Exams

Students are required to take final exams during the posted final exam week and should not make travel reservations or other plans which would require them to request a rescheduled final.  Requests to take final exams early, or at a time other than indicated on the final exam schedule, must be approved by the appropriate Campus Dean and are granted only in exceptional circumstances. Personal or family travel plans are not deemed as exceptional circumstances.

Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting

Students may choose to share personal information or experiences, as appropriate, in written assignments, class discussions, presentations, and conferences with instructors. While instructors and other college employees will strive to keep personal student information private, they are required to report information about sexual misconduct, childhood abuse, and criminal activity to the proper authorities. 

Course Content and Rigor

College-level courses may include controversial, sensitive, and/or adult material. Students are expected to have the readiness for college-level rigor and content.


All Navarro College students are required to use their Navarro College email to correspond with instructors and other Navarro College personnel.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to do their own work at all times. Cheating is a serious offense with serious consequences which may include any of the following:  a grade of zero, course failure, or removal from a program.

Student Conduct

All students enrolled in classes at Navarro College shall follow the tenets of common decency and acceptable behavior conducive to a positive learning environment. Behavior deemed by the instructor to be disruptive may result in the student being dropped from the course.

Subject to Change

The Course Syllabus and/or the Course Calendar may be changed as the term progresses at the discretion of the department and/or instructor.

Late/Make-Up Work

Proctored Testing

This course may require one or more assignments to be administered in a proctored setting.  Those assignments will be identified in the course syllabus. Identified assignments must be administered in an approved testing environment.

What is an approved testing center?

  1. Any Navarro College Testing Center location
  2. A proctored high school testing site* (see below)
  3. A different college, or university testing center or proctoring site* (see below)
  4. A virtual proctoring setting, if permitted by the instructor

Navarro College offers free proctored testing (by appointment only) to all current Navarro College students. Visit the Navarro College Testing Center site for details. All NC Testing Centers are approved locations.

*Students requesting permission to complete an exam with a different proctor, such as a dual credit high school proctor or testing center at another college or university, must submit the Proctor Agreement Form at the beginning of the semester. The form is located on the Navarro College Online Testing page. While proctored testing is available at all Navarro College Testing Centers at no charge to NC students, other colleges and universities may charge a fee for this service. Students are responsible for any fees related to testing at other locations.

What is a virtual proctoring setting?

Your professor may allow you, at their discretion, to be proctored in a virtual setting.  Assignments requiring a proctor, identified in the course syllabus, will indicate whether or not virtual proctoring is allowed. Virtual proctoring is a privilege and may be revoked by the instructor at any time.

Verification Process for all proctored exams: 

  • Students will be required to verify their identity, by presenting a valid photo ID, when testing in a proctored environment
  • Exams are not valid until reviewed by the instructor
  • Students are responsible for creating a secure testing environment

Proctored Testing Dates

If this course requires proctored testing, exam dates are listed below.

Institutional Policies

Students are expected and required to have read the Student Handbook and to consult appropriate sections of the College Catalog for general academic information.

Attendance and Preparation

Attendance and Preparation Policies

Face to Face and Hybrid


Regular and punctual class attendance is expected at Navarro College as a key element for student success. Excessive absenteeism is defined as two consecutive weeks of instruction in a 16-week semester (or the equivalent in any shorter term) and may result in being dropped from the course.

Students who miss class to participate in a co-curricular activity must have written permission (e-mail accepted) from a coach/director and must make prior arrangements with the instructor to take an examination or complete an assignment scheduled for that day. 

Regular (daily or weekly) online work is a key element for student success in an internet-based class.  Students must complete the first assignment by the designated deadline to document participation in the course.  The instructor will drop any student who fails to complete an assignment by the deadline provided in Canvas.

Although the instructor may drop a student from the class for insufficient participation, the responsibility for dropping a class belongs to the student. Insufficient participation is defined as not logging in and completing assignments for the equivalent of two consecutive weeks.  If you are unable to complete the course, you should formally drop it.

  • Additional information regarding attendance requirements is available in the Navarro College Catalog. College Catalog
  • You may drop this class by completing an online form. It is the student's responsibility to visit with his or her instructor concerning course status before submitting the required paperwork to the Office of Admissions and Records to drop this class. Additional information about dropping a class may be found in the Navarro College Catalog: Dropping and/or Adding Courses
  • Failure to withdraw by the deadline may result in your name remaining on the class roll, resulting in a grade of ‘F’ at the end of the semester. 
  • If you are pregnant, have given birth,  have absences related to pregnancy, or foresee any educational issues related to pregnancy, under Title IX you have a right to request reasonable accommodations. The choice to inform the college of any health concern is voluntary, but if you wish to have accommodations, you must contact the Navarro College Disability Services Office at 903-875-7377 or [email protected]
  • If you are receiving financial aid grants or loans, you must attend and participate in all classes from the first class day.  Do not drop or stop attending any class without consulting the Financial Aid Office. Changes in your enrollment level and/or failing grades may require you to repay financial aid funds.  
  • All students receiving Veterans Administration (VA) benefits must notify the Veteran’s Certifying Official of any enrollment changes as soon as they are made. The Veterans Affairs benefit recipient needs to be aware that the VA may require repayment of all benefits received since the beginning of a semester for any course in which a “W” grade is received
  • According to current Texas law, dropping a course may have serious academic consequences. Under most circumstances, a maximum of 6 courses may be dropped throughout the entire undergraduate degree program. Before you decide to withdraw from this or any other course, make sure you understand the consequences. For more information see the Office of the Registrar.

MyNC Single Sign-On

MyNC Single Sign-On:
The MyNC Single Sign-On page provides one-stop access to several student resources, such as Canvas, Office365 (Student Email), and Self-Service.

For Login Instructions, visit: Contact Center

For Login Assistance:
Contact Center
Phone: (903) 875-7416
Email: [email protected]
Your privacy is extremely important. Please do not share your account information with anyone.

Links to Important Information

Academic Decorum: Academic Decorum Policy
Includes: Civility, Being a Successful Student, Classroom Decorum, Change of Grade, Grade Challenge Procedure, Academic Dishonesty, and User Responsibilities for IT Resources/Penalties for Violation of Technology Policy, Tobacco Use Policy

Academic Integrity: Academic Integrity Policy

College Catalog: College Catalog

Campus Safety: Department of Campus Safety

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): FERPA Policy

Student Rights and Responsibilities: Rights and Responsiblilities Policy

Student Handbook:  Official Student Handbook

Links to Campus Services

Bulldog Life: Learning. Living. Launching: Bulldog Life 

Navarro College's Bulldog Life is a student success service to all students. Opportunities include Canvas courses, meaningful activities, Culture of Caring and travel opportunities. Bulldog Life is a self-guided experience. We know that every student is in a different stage in life. 

Counseling Services: Counseling Services Center

The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed counselors who provide brief counseling, assessment, referral, and crisis intervention services to currently-enrolled Navarro College students. The Navarro College Counseling Center is free, confidential, and available to all enrolled NC students.

Testing Center Hours and Contact Information: Testing Center

One-week advance notice is strongly recommended for testing appointments.

Online Proctored Testing Information: Online Campus Proctoring (Testing)

Library Services: Navarro College Libraries

Tutorial Services: Tutoring Services

Disability Services: Disability and Access Services Office

It is the responsibility of the student to contact Navarro College Disability Services Office to request accommodations. Contact 903-875-7377 or [email protected] for more information.  Once approved, you will be given an accommodation letter that you are to share with your instructor.

The instructor is committed to helping each student reach his/her academic potential and to providing every student equal opportunity to participate in and engage with the course.  In keeping with this commitment, effort has been made to develop accessible learning materials that provide equal access.  Please contact the instructor immediately if access to course materials is restricted due to a disability so the issue(s) can be resolved in a timely manner.

Title IX Accommodations Related to Pregnancy: 

If you are pregnant, have given birth,  have absences related to pregnancy, or foresee any educational issues related to pregnancy, under Title IX you have a right to request reasonable accommodations.  The choice to inform the college of any health concern is voluntary, but if you wish to have accommodations, you must contact the Navarro College Disability Services Office at 903-875-7377 or [email protected]


Student Support and Administrative Services: Support Services

Additional Items

Safety cannot be overly stressed, especially in the Welding Lab. The lab is very congested and each student will have to do his part by abiding by all safety rules set forth for the welding lab.
1. Clear safety glasses will be worn in the welding lab at all times.

2. Safety glasses with face shield will be worn when grinding or welding hood with flip lens.

3. Wear the proper clothes for welding. Cotton type clothing is considered the best, using long sleeves. High top shoes or boots are the safest to use. Raveled or torn clothing is a fire hazard. T-shirts as outside clothing will NOT be worn.

4. Compressed gases are dangerous. Handle carefully, and store properly. Oxygen and Acetylene should be stored a minimum of 10 ft. apart, upright, and tied or fastened to a wall or in racks. All combustible gases should be stored in this manner. Be sure all bottles are turned using. Never leave an empty bottle with the value open.

5. There are four fire stations in the lab. Be sure to know where these stations are located.

6. Never use a piece of welding or cutting equipment until you have been orientated in the safety and proper use.

7. Check the area around you before using the cutting torch. Be sure the hose or other flammable and people are not in the way.

8. Check all grinding blades for chips or cracks before grinding.

9. Check welding helmets regularly for cracked glass or leaks.

10. Never handle hot metal with gloves. Use pliers.

11. Be sure all metal is secured in the welding stands.

12. Never weld with chapter in your book. Abide by all safety rules. Safety is everyone’s business.

13. No horseplay

14. Report all accidents to your instructor without delay.  If you suspect an unsafe condition or an equipment malfunction, bring it to you instructor’s attention IMMEDIATELY.

Each company will have their own safety program and a set of rules that govern each particular job or phase of work, and the safest rules will be carried out. Your life and the lives of others depend on safety in the lab and on the job. 



Special Warning about Bloodborne Pathogens

A number of very serious Bloodborne Pathogens lurk in today’s public environments that can be devastating to your health—even fatal:

·HIV — Human Immunodeficiency Virus

·AIDS — Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome

·Hepatitis A, B and C

·Tetanus — “lockjaw”

·MRSA — Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

·Necrotizing Fasciitis — “flesh-eating disease”

If you sustain a nick, cut, puncture, abrasion, or any wound in which blood surfaces—however minor—cease all activity immediately and proceed to a First Aid Kit to apply antiseptic and a protective bandage.  Time is critical in treating Bloodborne Pathogens.  Notify your instructor, who will call Campus Police for further assessment.