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Instructional Annual Report of Program Data (ARPD)

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College: Honolulu Community College
Program: Welding Technology

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Program Description

Program Mission:The Welding Technology program’s mission is to serve the community as a learning- centered, open door program that provides technical training to meet the demands of the welding industry and the needs of the individual. An open-exit option allows the students to identify their career objectives and participate in program exploration.

Program Description: The Welding curriculum is designed to meet the minimum skill standards established by the American Welding Society (AWS) for entry-level welders. Training is given in both theory and practical skills in the various phases of welding and cutting. This includes arc welding, plasma and air carbon arc cutting, oxyacetylene welding, TIG welding, MIG welding, gas metal and flux core arc welding, welding inspecting testing principles and fabrication techniques. Entry-level welders are employed in a wide range of industries that use welding and welding- related tasks. This range of industries includes small, medium, and large union and non-union facilities.  Students have the option of pursuing a Certificate of Completion, Certificate of Achievement or Associate of Applied Science degree.

Part I. Quantitative Indicators

Overall Program Health: Healthy

Majors Included: WELD

Demand Indicators Program Year Demand Health Call
09-10 10-11 11-12
1 New & Replacement Positions (State) 23 26 30 Cautionary
2 *New & Replacement Positions (County Prorated) 21 20 20
3 *Number of Majors 72 77 89
4 SSH Program Majors in Program Classes 975 1,029 983
5 SSH Non-Majors in Program Classes 252 241 218
6 SSH in All Program Classes 1,227 1,270 1,201
7 FTE Enrollment in Program Classes 41 42 40
8 Total Number of Classes Taught 26 26 26

Efficiency Indicators Program Year Efficiency Health Call
09-10 10-11 11-12
9 Average Class Size 18.8 19.3 18.7 Healthy
10 *Fill Rate 90% 92% 89%
11 FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 2 2 2
12 *Majors to FTE BOR Appointed Faculty 35.8 38.5 44.3
13 Majors to Analytic FTE Faculty 28.8 31.0 35.7
13a Analytic FTE Faculty 2.5 2.5 2.5
14 Overall Program Budget Allocation $160,611 Not Reported $141,581
14a General Funded Budget Allocation $155,548 Not Reported $129,852
14b Special/Federal Budget Allocation $0 Not Reported $0
14c Tuition and Fees Not Reported Not Reported $11,729
15 Cost per SSH $131 Not Reported $118
16 Number of Low-Enrolled (<10) Classes 3 0 4

Effectiveness Indicators Program Year Effectiveness Health Call
09-10 10-11 11-12
17 Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher) 89% 93% 96% Healthy
18 Withdrawals (Grade = W) 6 8 2
19 *Persistence (Fall to Spring) 66% 64% 70%
20 *Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded 19 24 24
20a Degrees Awarded 13 20 12
20b Certificates of Achievement Awarded 6 5 13
20c Advanced Professional Certificates Awarded 0 0 0
20d Other Certificates Awarded 0 0 0
21 External Licensing Exams Passed Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
22 Transfers to UH 4-yr 0 0 1
22a Transfers with credential from program 0 0 0
22b Transfers without credential from program 0 0 1

Distance Education:
Completely On-line Classes
Program Year  
09-10 10-11 11-12
23 Number of Distance Education Classes Taught 0 0 0  
24 Enrollment Distance Education Classes 0 0 0
25 Fill Rate 0% 0% 0%
26 Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher) 0% 0% 0%
27 Withdrawals (Grade = W) 0 0 0
28 Persistence (Fall to Spring Not Limited to Distance Education) 0% 0% 0%

Perkins IV Core Indicators
Goal Actual Met  
29 1P1 Technical Skills Attainment 90.10 96.00 Met  
30 2P1 Completion 45.00 48.00 Met
31 3P1 Student Retention or Transfer 56.00 72.92 Met
32 4P1 Student Placement 51.00 47.83 Not Met
33 5P1 Nontraditional Participation 16.25 13.41 Not Met
34 5P2 Nontraditional Completion 15.15 4.76 Not Met
Last Updated: August 6, 2012
Glossary | Health Call Scoring Rubric

Part II. Analysis of the Program

The overall health of the WELD program is healthy.  Overall number of majors continues to increase over the past 3 years to 89 for 11-12 AY.  In addition fill rates remains high at 89% and students who earned Degree/Certificates remained at 24 for 11-12 AY.   However the persistence rate from Fall to Spring is at 70% with successful completion at 96%.   Perkins Core Indicator Goals indicated that two areas were not met Nontraditional Participation and Nontraditional Completion. Fall 2011 enrollment shows first year majors with five females and second year majors with three females.  Continued efforts with recruiting through program visitations and visitation of high schools promoting non-traditional opportunities will be continued.

Part III. Action Plan

  1. Continued recruitment of non-traditional students into the program.
  2. Many of the welding machines used in the program have been in use for many years.  Welding machines need to be upgraded to more energy efficient machines, which are more widely used in industry.
  3. Welding program need to implement new technology in its program such as plasma cutting and welding, water jet cutting and the use of robotic welders training opportunities for instructors and obtaining of equipment or training modules for teaching needs to be addressed.

Part IV. Resource Implications

There are resource implications for the Action Planning Item above. We will work with the Division Chair and Division Dean to submit the necessary paperwork to request funding to complete these items in the Spring semester.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

For the 2011-2012 program year, some or all of the following P-SLOs were reviewed by the program:

this year?
Program Student Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate integrity, motivation, dependability and reliability and willingness to learn.


Demonstrate skills related to applied science, basic computers, applied mathematics/measurements, reading for information, business writing, listening and following directions, locating/using information and speaking/presentation.


Demonstrate understanding of business fundamentals, teamwork, adaptability/flexibility, marketing and customer focus, planning and organizing, problem solving and decision-making and applied technology.


Demonstrate competencies in manufacturing process development and design, production, maintenance installation and repair, supply chain logistics, quality assurance/continuous improvement and health and safety.


Demonstrate knowledge in safety and health, drawing and symbols, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Thermal Cutting, Oxygen Fuel Cutting (OFC), Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC), Carbon Arc Cutting (CAC) and Inspection.


Demonstrate welding fundamentals, processes and equipment, materials and metallurgy and welding safety.


Demonstrate competencies in SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW, thermal cutting, OFC, PAC, CAC and inspection.

A) Evidence of Industry Validation

The  Program has bases the Program Learner Outcomes on industry feedback.  Initial P-SLO's were developed through the advisory committee.  However, no formal meetings have been held during the 2012 academic year.

B) Expected Level Achievement

The expected level of achievement for the WELD program is 100%.  Each course has specific SLOs to meet program requirements.  Each student must complete each course with a grade of “C” or better to move on to the next course.

C) Courses Assessed

All of the course level competencies are aligned with WELD program SLOs.  As students go through each course, the SLOs achieved will be will be utilized in the courses taken in following semester.  At the  completion of program students will meet all program SLOs required for graduation.

D) Assessment Strategy/Instrument

The WELD program faculty uses lab projects, quizzes, capstone projects, and exams to measure students attainment of SLOs in program.

E) Results of Program Assessment

Assessments of the WELD program SLOs indicate that they are meeting industry needs.

F) Other Comments


G) Next Steps

See Part III, Action Plan of this report.