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Corsicana · Career & Techical Education · Welding

Advanced Topics in GTAW

  • Fall 2021
  • Section 01
  • 4.0 Credits
  • 08/23/2021 to 12/11/2021
  • Modified 08/12/2021

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

Meeting Times


  • THURSDAY'S 8AM - 1:30 PM
  • Thursday, 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM, 117 SHOP

First two classes will be held in petroleum building room 202

Contact Information

Office Hours

INSTRUCTOR : Jessica Zuniga Zuniga

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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:


  • 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

Grade 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=59% or below.






Course Policies

Instructional Methodologies

Face to Face  Hybrid Online

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 (MyNC ID) and Password
(3) Click on the Canvas icon and locate your course in your Canvas Dashboard.

Please note some courses will also use materials provided by the publisher and require the student to have an access code in order to complete assignments, activities, and exams. Please see the Materials section of this syllabus to determine if an access code will be necessary for this course.

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 Executive 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. Students may speak to someone confidentially by contacting NorthSTAR Mobile Crisis at 1-800-260-8000 or the Navarro College Licensed Counselor at 903-875-7393.

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

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

Face to Face and Hybrid Online

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 withdraw 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • A student who foresees educational issues related to pregnancy, postpartum recovery, or other physical or mental health matters is strongly encouraged to notify the College as soon as possible.  By doing so, the student and College personnel can collaborate and develop an appropriate plan for the continuation of the student's education.  Pre-planning when possible also may help with particular challenges a student faces while pregnant, when recovering from childbirth, or in response to a physical or mental health concern (e.g., missed classes, make-up work).  The choice to inform the College of any health concern is voluntary. A student is not required to share this information with the College. A student may choose to consult a College counselor or the Office of Disability Services before deciding whether or not to disclose any health-related information.
  • 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 the MyNC Portal, Canvas, Office365 (Student Email), and Self-Service.

For Login Instructions, please visit: 

For Login Assistance, please contact:

OneStop Service Desk
Phone: (903) 875-7416
Email: [email protected]

Your privacy is extremely important.  Please DO NOT SHARE your account information with anyone.

Always include full name and date of birth, phone number, and valid email address when contacting the One-Stop Service Desk. Navarro College will not disclose sensitive account access information with anyone other than the student regardless of student’s age.

For Assistance with Canvas, please contact:

Matt Miller, Dean of Online Instruction
Phone: (903) 875-7422
Email: [email protected]

Links to Important Information

Academic Decorum:

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:

College Catalog:

Campus Safety:

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA):

Student Rights and Responsibilities:

Student Handbook:

Links to Campus Services

Bulldog Life: Learning. Living. Launching: 

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: 

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:

Online Proctored Testing Information:

Library Services:

Tutorial Services:

NOTE: In addition to Navarro College tutoring services, students also have access to free 24/7 tutoring by visiting UpSwing ( and logging in to their UpSwing account.  If you're a new user, click NEW USER to create an account.

Disability Services: 

It is the responsibility of the student to contact Navarro College Disability Services Office to request accommodations.

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.

Student Support and Administrative 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.