Associate in Applied Science in Welding

Welding Technology
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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Applied Technology

Welding uses heat and, sometimes, filler metal, to permanently join or to cut metal parts and to fill holes and fix seams in metal products. Welders use their skills to build or rebuild bridges, highways, buildings, and other structures, as well as ships, airplanes, and cars. If it’s made of metal, welding probably played a part in it.

For a hands-on career like welding, you need a hands-on training program. At MCC, you’ll develop your welding technology skills in both gas and electric arc welding processes. Learn how to use advanced welding machines and techniques in MCC’s labs, which are outfitted with state-of-the-art industrial welding equipment.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Welding (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3244
Total Credits Required
64-73
Catalog Year
2019-2020

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Operate equipment and handle materials while adhering to proper safety, ethical, and environmental protocols.
  2. Demonstrate professional behaviors and abide by norms and conventions appropriate to the field.
  3. Effectively communicate orally, visually, and in writing with multiple stakeholders in a culturally sensitive and responsive manner.
  4. Apply mathematical concepts to solve problems in an industrial or manufacturing
    environment.
  5. Interpret welding theory to apply fundamentals and processes such as Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Oxygen Fuel Welding and Cutting (OFW) (OFC), Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC), and Carbon Arc Cutting (CAC).
  6. Read and interpret basic blueprints and welding symbols.
  7. Identify, analyze, and utilize the physical, mechanical, and chemical properties of materials.
  8. 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.

This pathway map also meets certification standards and prepares students to take and pass the following welding certifications according to state and national standards:

  1. American Welding Society (AWS) welder performance qualifications
  2. AWS Certified Welding Inspector
  3. American Society of Mechanical Engineers welder performance qualifications
  4. American Petroleum Institute welder performance qualifications 

Program Prerequisites

GTC 107 Technical Mathematics I (3 credits)

Note:  Requirement may be waived with satisfactory score on Technical Mathematics placement test.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
WLD101 or
GTC129
Introduction to Welding or Manufacturing Welding RC 3
GTC108 Technical Mathematics II Course also meets General Education Mathematics requirement. OR MAT 120, 121,122 RC 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
WLD106AA Introduction to SMAW RC 5
Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area HU 2–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
WLD103 Basic Blacksmithing and Metal Shaping RC 3
DFT110 Introduction to Drafting RC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment. CR 0–3
GTC106AA Industrial Safety RC 2
WLD150 Welding Blueprint Reading 3
ENG102 or
ENG108 or
ENG111
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL or Technical and Professional Writing FYC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
WLD Any WLD course from choices Choose two courses for a total of 10 credits from WLD 106AB; WLD106AC; WLD106AD; WLD206AA; WLD206AB: WLD206AC; WLD206AD; WLD208AA RC 10
GTC216 Properties of Materials RC 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication COM 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Social & Behavioral Sciences area SB 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
WLD Any WLD course from choices Choose 5 credits from WLD 106AB; WLD106AC; WLD106AD; WLD206AA; WLD206AB: WLD206AC; WLD206AD; WLD208AA RC 5
WLD225 Welding Inspection and Quality Control RC 3
Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area NS 4
Restricted Elective RE

Program Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
DFT+++++ Any DFT prefixed course Any DFT prefixed course RE
GTC+++++ Any GTC prefixed course Any GTC prefixed course RE
QCT+++++ Any QCT prefixed course Any QCT prefixed course RE
WLD+++++ Any WLD prefixed course Any WLD prefixed course RE

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
WLD101 or
GTC129
Introduction to Welding or Manufacturing Welding RC 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GTC108 Technical Mathematics II Course also meets General Education Mathematics requirement. OR MAT 120, 121,122 RC 3
WLD106AA Introduction to SMAW RC 5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
WLD103 Basic Blacksmithing and Metal Shaping RC 3
DFT110 Introduction to Drafting RC 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area HU 2–3
GTC102 or
WLD
Machine Processes, Theory and Application or Any WLD course from choices RC 3–5

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GTC216 Properties of Materials RC 3
WLD150 Welding Blueprint Reading 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230 or
ENG102 or
ENG108 or
ENG111 or
WLD or
WLD225
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication or First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL or Technical and Professional Writing or Any WLD course from choices or Welding Inspection and Quality Control COM 3–5

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment. CR 0–3
Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area NS 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Social & Behavioral Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Social & Behavioral Sciences area SB 3
WLD Any WLD course from choices RC 5

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Restricted Elective RE 3–5
DFT+++++ Any DFT prefixed course Any DFT prefixed course RE

Program Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GTC+++++ Any GTC prefixed course Any GTC prefixed course RE
QCT+++++ Any QCT prefixed course Any QCT prefixed course RE
WLD+++++ Any WLD prefixed course Any WLD prefixed course RE
WLD+++++ Any WLD prefixed course Any WLD prefixed course RE

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Disclaimer

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

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Welding (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=132995).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Welding program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019