Associate in Applied Science in Welding

Degree Information

Academic Plan

AAS Welding

Academic Plan Code




MCCCD Program Detail

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Applied Technology


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Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in the Welding program prepares students to work in industry using Oxy-Fuel welding and cutting (OFW) (OFC) and Shielded Metal Arc welding (SMAW) processes. The program emphasizes knowledge and skills required to work with modern industrial welding equipment using advanced welding techniques including Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Core Arc Welding(FCAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW).

What You’ll Learn

This program will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Prepare drawings using drafting instrument/equipment such as drafting machine, triangles, scales (English and Metric), templates, bow compass, lettering guide and mechanical pencils.
  2. Interpret technical drawings common to manufacturing.
  3. Identify safety hazards and be familiar with current standards of safety.
  4. Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions and decimal numbers.
  5. Solve algebraic, trigonometric, and geometric problems in typical shop applications.
  6. Identify, analyze, and utilize the physical, mechanical and chemical properties of materials used in manufacturing.
  7. Select and safely perform the appropriate welding operation including oxy-acetylene welding, brazing, cutting, and electric arc-welding.
  8. Perform various types of welding beads on various joints in position and out of position, and analyze welding quality as it relates to inspection and quality control.
  9. Apply theory, practice, set-up and operation of all types of machines concerning tig, mig, and sub-arc welding with emphasis on tungsten inert gas and wire feed.
  10. Perform all "out of position" welding tasks in preparation for certification test, and perform American Welding Society (A.W.S.) test in vertical and overhead positions.
  11. Describe quality control standards and practices applied in welding inspection in the construction and fabrication industries, and explain the requirements, role, and responsibilities of the welding inspector.

Restricted Electives

Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select any prefixed DFT, MFG, and WLD courses except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area.
DFT+++++AnyDFT Drafting Technology course(s)
MFG+++++AnyMFG Manufacturing Technology course (s)
WLD+++++AnyWLD Welding Technology course(s)

General Education Requirements

General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 18-22
General Education CoreCredits: 9-12
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (3)
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment.
MathematicsCredits: 0
Met by GTC108 in Required Courses area.
General Education DistributionCredits: 9-10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 2-3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.

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Major: 3244
First Term: 2019 Spring
Final Term: 2020 Summer
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 64-73
CIPS code: 48.0508
SOC codes:
Initiating College:
Program Availability: - MC
Occupational Area: Manufacturing
Instructional Council:
Last Updated: 01/13/2020