Program Manager: Richard Gutierrez, (505) 287-6645
Degrees and Certificates
- Welding Technology Associates Degree (Download Degree Check Sheet)
- Drafting and Graphics Technology Certificate (Download Certificate Check Sheet); Gainful Employment Data
- Welding Technology Certificate (Download Certificate Check Sheet)
Catalog Course List
The first digit in the course number indicates whether the course is a freshman (1xx) or sophomore (2xx) level course. The next two digits indicate the course sequence. The 3 cr. indicates that the course is a 3-credit course. The (2+4P) means that the class meets for two hours per week for recitation or lecture and also requires 4 hours per week of “practice” (laboratory, field work, or other activities). The suffix N denotes that the course credits will not apply to baccalaureate and specified associate degrees. The suffix G denotes that the course meets General Education common core requirements for transfer to other New Mexico institutions of higher education, as established by the New Mexico Higher Education Department. Note that some courses without a G also meet transfer requirements.
DRFT 105. Technical Drawing for Industry 3 cr. (2+2P)
Technical sketching, basic CAD, and interpretation of drawings with visualization, speed and accuracy highly emphasized. Areas of focus include various trades such as machine parts, welding, heating and cooling, and general building sketches/plan interpretation.
DRFT 108. Drafting Concepts/Descriptive Geometry 2 cr. (1+2P)
Basic manual drafting skills, sketching, terminology and visualization. Graphical solutions utilizing applied concepts of space, planar, linear and point analyses. Metric and S.I. units introduced.
DRFT 109. Computer Drafting Fundamentals 3 cr. (2+2P)
Introduction to computer-aided drafting. Principles and fundamentals of drafting using the latest version of AutoCAD software. Same as C E 109, E T 109.
DRFT 114. Introduction to Mechanical Drafting/Solid Modeling 3 cr. (2+2P)
Students will learn 3-D visualization, mechanical drafting, and dimensioning skills as solid modeling skills are developed. Working drawings, assembly models, and assembly drawings will be introduced. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Co-requisite: DRFT 108.
DRFT 118. Geometry for Drafting 3 cr.
Analysis and problem solving of related technical problems using measuring instruments and techniques with geometry and trigonometry. Prerequisite: CCDM 103N or CCDM 104N.
DRFT 130. General Building Codes .3 cr. (2+2P)
Interpretation of the Building Code, local zoning codes, A.D.A. Standards and the Model Energy Code to study construction and design requirements and perform basic plan checking.
DRFT 135. Electronics Drafting I .3 cr. (2+2P)
Drafting as it relates to device symbols; wiring, cabling, harness diagrams and assembly drawings; integrated circuits and printed circuit boards; schematic, flow and logic diagrams; industrial controls and electric power fields. Drawings produced using various CAD software packages. Prerequisites: DRFT 108 and DRFT 109.
DRFT 143. Civil Drafting Fundamentals 3 cr. (2+2P)
Introduction to drafting in the field of surveying and civil engineering. Drawings, projects, and terminologies related to topographic surveys/ mapping, contour drawings, plan and profiles, improvement plats and street/highway layout. Prerequisite: DRFT 109. Crosslisted with: E T 143.
DRFT 151. Construction Principles and Blueprint Reading 4 cr. (4+2P)
Introduction to construction materials, methods, and basic cost estimating and blueprint reading applicable in today’s residential, commercial, and public works industry. Instruction by blueprint reading and interpretation, field trips, and actual job-site visits and progress evaluation.
DRFT 160. Construction Take-Offs and Estimating 3 cr. (2+2P)
Computing and compiling materials and labor estimates from working drawings using various techniques common in general building construction and in accordance with standard specifications and estimating formats. Use of spreadsheets and estimating software introduced. Prerequisite: DRFT 151.
DRFT 176. Computer Drafting in 3-D 3 cr. (2+2P)
Computer drafting in three dimensions including wire frame, surface modeling, and solids modeling. Computer generated rendering with surface material applications and ray traced shadows will be introduced. Prerequisites: DRFT 108 and DRFT 109.
DRFT 180. Residential Drafting 3 cr (2+2P)
Basic residential drafting including, floor plans, foundation plans, sections, roof plans, exterior and interior elevations, and site plans. Applicable residential building and zoning codes, construction methods and materials, adaptable residential design, and drawing and sheet layout for architectural drafting will be introduced.
DRFT 214. Advanced Mechanical Drafting/Solid Modeling .3 cr. (2+2P)
Advanced mechanical drafting/solid modeling techniques and topics will be studied using the student’s software(s) of choice. Students will use any of the 3-D solid modeling software packages that are available on campus as they develop these skills, as well as develop a thorough working knowledge of the use of GD&T in Mechanical Drafting/Solid Modeling. Detailed class projects will be assigned, and presentations will be required. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: DRFT 114 or DRFT 176.
DRFT 222. Surveying Fundamentals .3 cr. (2+2P)
Elementary surveying and civil drafting theory and techniques for non engineering majors. Includes traverse plotting, site plans, mapping, cross sections, and development of plan and profile drawings. Actual basic field measurement/surveying as well as extensive manual and CAD projects will be assigned. Prerequisites: DRFT 108, DRFT 109, and (DRFT 118 or MATH 180or MATH 190).
DRFT 230. Building Systems Drafting 3 cr. (2+2P)
Development of drawings for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems, for residential and commercial building. Use of related CAD software. Prerequisite: DRFT 180.
DRFT 240. Structural Systems Drafting 4 cr. (2+4P)
Study of foundations, wall systems, floor systems and roof systems in residential, commercial and industrial design/construction. Produce structural drawings including foundation plans, wall and building sections, floor and roof framing plans, shop drawings and details; schedules, materials lists and specifications. Use of various software. Prerequisite: DRFT 180 or DRFT 181
DRFT 243. Land Development Drafting 3 cr. (2+2P)
Advanced civil/survey technology and drafting related to land development. Emphasis is on relevant terminology codes/standards, and the production of complex working drawings such as subdivision plats, local utility and drainage plans, construction details roadway P P, etc., according to local development/ agency standards. Prerequisite: DRFT 143 and DRFT 153.
DRFT 255. Independent Study 1-3 cr.
Instructor-approved projects in drafting or related topics specific to the student’s individual areas of interest and relevant to the drafting and graphics technology curriculum. Consent of instructor required. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.
DRFT 270. Architectural Sketching and Rendering 3 cr. (2+2P)
Use of freehand sketching, shading and shadowing techniques, 3-D models, and 1-point and 2-point perspectives in the development of architectural presentation drawings. Prerequisite: DRFT 108.
DRFT 276. Computer Rendering and Animation I 3 cr. (2+2P)
Introduction to technical applications of computer generated renderings and animations for the architecture and engineering fields3D models, photo-realistic renderings, and basic animation movie files will be produced utilizing industry standard modeling and animation software.
DRFT 278. Advanced CAD Applications 3 cr. (2+2P)
Introduction to advanced Autodesk AutoCAD applications, usage techniques, user customization, and basic AutoLisp programming. Techniques for interfacing AutoCAD drawings into other software packages and presentations will be explored. Internet based research of alternative CAD software packages and solutions will be performed. Prerequisite: DRFT 109.
DRFT 288. Portfolio Development 4 cr. (2+4P)
Production of a portfolio consisting of student produced work related to individualized projects based on degree option. Completed portfolio to include, working and presentation drawings, material take-offs, cost estimates, specifications, 3D models, renderings, and technical animation files as assigned by the instructor. Job search and resume preparation activities will also be required. Consent of instructor required.
DRFT 290. Special Topics .1-4 cr.
Topics subtitled in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
DRFT 291. Cooperative Experience 1-6 cr.
Supervised cooperative work program. Student is employed in an approved occupation and supervised and rated by the employer and instructor. Student meets with advisor weekly. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Graded S/U.
WELD 100. Structural Welding I . 6 cr. (3+6P)
Development of basic skills in SMAW, OFC, and OFW in accordance with the AWS entry-level welder program.
WELD 105. Introduction to Welding 3 cr.
Welding practices, procedures, and terminology. Welding safety, equipment types, electrode types in usage, joint design and testing procedures.
WELD 110. Blueprint Reading (Welding) 3 cr.
Interpretation of prints related to welding. Emphasis on AWS standard symbols for welding, brazing, and nondestructive examination.
WELD 115. Structural Welding II 6 cr. (3+6P)
Continuation of WELD 100. Emphasis on AWS entry and advanced level welder skills with SMAW, including all-position welding with mild and stainless steel electrodes. Plasma arc and air-carbon arc cutting, metallurgy, heat treatment, and weld defects. Prerequisite: WELD 100.
WELD 118. Technical Math for Welders 3 cr. (2+3P)
Geometry, algebra, and basic arithmetic pertaining to applications in the welding trades.
WELD 120. Basic Metallurgy 3 cr.
Properties of ferrous and nonferrous materials. Service conditions and heat treatment of metals related to welding trade. Prerequisites: WELD 100 or consent of instructor.
WELD 125. Introduction to Pipe Welding 3 cr. (2+2P)
Pipe fit-up and welding techniques for pipe fittings and pipe weld joint using SMAW, GMAW, and GTAW. Out-of-position fit-up and welding of pipe. Prerequisites: WELD 100, WELD 130, and WELD 140, or consent of instructor.
WELD 130. Introduction to GMAW (MIG) 3 cr. (2+2P)
Development of basic skills with gas metal arc welding (MIG) in accordance with AWS entry-level welder objectives. Wire electrodes, shielding/purge gases, and modes of metal transfer.
WELD 140. Introduction to GTAW (TIG) 3 cr. (2+2P)
Development for basic skills with gas tungsten arc welding (TIG) in accordance with AWS entry/advanced welder objectives. Welding mild steel, tungsten electrode preparation, filler wire selection, and equipment set-up.
WELD 150. Pipe Welding II 3 cr. (2+2P)
Continuation of WELD 125; with fillet and groove welded joints in a horizontal fixed and 45-degree fixed positions (5-F, 5-G, 6-F, 6-G). Prerequisite: WELD 125.
WELD 160. Introduction to SAW and FCAW 3 cr. (2+2P)
Submerged arc and flux-cored arc welding. Demonstrations and practice with both hand-held and machine travel submerged arc welding (SAW). Flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) on mild steel plate and pipe.
WELD 170. Welded Fabrication 3 cr. (1+4P)
Development of fabrication skills including basic layout, measuring, and utilization of various welding processes including out-of-position welding. Use of common shop tools. Prerequisites: WELD 100, 110, 130, and OETS 104 or 118.
WELD 180. GTAW II 3 cr. (2+2P)
Continuation of WELD 140. Development of more advanced GTAW skills. Emphasis on pipe welding with mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Prerequisite: WELD 140 or consent of instructor.
WELD 190. Welded Art 3 cr. (1+4P)
Students explore the possibilities of welded art in the form of sculpture, jewelry, furniture and as a framework to support other art media. Offered as an elective for students who wish to create art using welding. Prerequisite: WELD 102 or consent of instructor.
WELD 200. Structural Welding III 6 cr. (3+6P)
Continued application of weld bead patterns and structural welded joints.
WELD 202. Advanced Layout for Welders 4 cr. (3+2P)
For welders and pipefitters desiring more layout knowledge and skill.
WELD 211. Welder Qualification 6 cr. (3+6P)
Laboratory and classroom instruction on AWS and ASME Welder Performance Qualification Tests. All position plate and pipe techniques and tests for SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, FCAW, and SAW. Nondestructive and destructive examination methods. Basics of welding codes. Prerequisite: WELD 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 160, 180, or OETS 104 or 118, or consent of instructor. Restricted to majors.
WELD 221. Cooperative Experience I . 1-6 cr.
Supervised cooperative work program. Student is employed in an approved occupation and supervised and rated by the employer and instructor. Student will meet in a weekly class. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: WELD 100 or WELD 101 and consent of instructor. Restricted to majors.
WELD 295. Special Topics 1-4 cr.
Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.