At a Glance:

Floyd: Joseph Burrage
Joseph Burrage, Program Director & Instructor of Welding
Office: Building F
Phone: 706-295-6990
Campus: Floyd County Campus
Department: Industrial Technologies, Welding


A.A.T., Gwinnett Technical College; Diploma, Welding and Joining Technology, Coosa Valley Technical College

Walker: Jeremiah Cooper
Jeremiah Cooper, Welding Instructor
Office: 310
Phone: 706-639-2067
Campus: Walker County Campus
Department: Welding
Whitfield Murray: Ginger Mathis
Ginger Mathis, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs & Whitfield Murray Campus Manager
Office: A109
Phone: 706-272-2960
Campus: Walker County Campus, Whitfield Murray Campus
Department: Academic Affairs

Gas Tungsten ARC Welder (GTA1)

Offered at the Following Campuses

  • Whitfield Murray Campus
  • Walker County Campus
  • Floyd County Campus

Program Overview

The Gas Tungsten Arc Welder Technical Certificate of Credit provides instruction in TIG welding techniques. Topics include understanding the nature and culture of the welding industry, oxyfuel cutting techniques, and TIG welding processes.

Entrance Date:  Fall Semester

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Required Courses (13 - 14 hours)
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, laboratory operating procedures, welding power sources, welding career potentials, and introduction to welding codes and standards.
Introduces fundamental principles, safety practices, equipment, and techniques necessary for metal heating and oxyfuel cutting. Topics include: metal heating and cutting principles, safety procedures, use of cutting torches and apparatus, metal heating techniques, metal cutting techniques, manual and automatic oxyfuel cutting techniques, and oxyfuel pipe cutting. Practice in the laboratory is provided.
Provides knowledge of theory, safety practices, inert gas, equipment, and techniques required for successful gas tungsten arc welding. Qualification tests, all positions, are used in the evaluating of student progress toward making industrial standard welds. Topics include: GTAW safety and health practices; shielding gases; metal cleaning procedures; GTAW machines and set up; selection of filler rods; GTAW weld positions; and production of GTAW beads, bead patterns, and joints.
Choose one of the following (3 - 4 hours)
Presents practices common in the welding and metal fabrication industry. Topics include: metal fabrication safety and health practices and metal fabrication procedures.
Provides the opportunity to apply skills to pipe welding operations. Topics include: pipe welding safety and health practices, pipe welding nomenclature, pipe layout and preparation, pipe joint assembly, horizontal welds on pipe (2G), vertical welds on pipe (5G), and welds on 45 degree angle pipe (6G).
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.
Provides knowledge of theory, safety practices, equipment, and techniques required for plasma cutting. Topics include: safety practices; plasma torch and theory; plasma machine set up and operation; and plasma cutting techniques.
Provides an introduction to ornamental ironworks with emphasis on safety practices, equipment and ornamental ironwork techniques. Topics include: introduction to ornamental ironworks and safety practices; use of scroll machine, and use of bar twister.