Associate in Applied Science in Welding

Welding Technology
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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 Degree
Academic Plan
Welding (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3244
Total Credits Required
65-74

What You’ll Learn

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

  • Operate equipment and handle materials while adhering to proper safety, ethical, and environmental protocols.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors and abide by norms and conventions appropriate to the field.
  • Effectively communicate orally, visually, and in writing with multiple stakeholders in a culturally sensitive and responsive manner.
  • Apply mathematical concepts to solve problems in an industrial or manufacturing
    environment.
  • 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).
  • Read and interpret basic blueprints and welding symbols.
  • Identify, analyze, and utilize the physical, mechanical, and chemical properties of materials.
  • 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:

  • American Welding Society (AWS) welder performance qualifications
  • AWS Certified Welding Inspector
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers welder performance qualifications
  • American Petroleum Institute welder performance qualifications 

Career Opportunities

Welders are in demand in a wide range of industries. Our welding technology program will help you build the skills you need for jobs in government, the military, skilled trades, construction, education, inspection, manufacturing, fabrication and repair, technical sales, and research.

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers $39,090
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

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 placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Term 1

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
16-17
WLD101 or
GTC129
Welding I 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 Arc Welding RC 5
Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area HU 2–3

Term 2

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
15-18
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. Critical Rdg 0–3
GTC106AA Industrial Safety RC 2
MFG111 Machine Trades Print Reading and Inspection Effective Fall 2018 DFT114 is MFG111. RC 4
ENG102 or
ENG108 or
ENG111
First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL or
Technical and Professional Writing
FYC 3

Term 3

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
19
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
Oral Comm 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Social & Behavioral Sciences area SB 3

Term 4

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
15-17
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 3–5

Program Electives

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

Term 1

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
WLD101 or
GTC129
Welding I or
Manufacturing Welding
RC 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL
FYC 3

Term 2

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
8
GTC108 Technical Mathematics II Course also meets General Education Mathematics requirement. OR MAT 120, 121,122 RC 3
WLD106AA Arc Welding RC 5

Term 3

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
WLD103 Basic Blacksmithing and Metal Shaping RC 3
DFT110 Introduction to Drafting RC 3

Term 4

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
5-8
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

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7
GTC216 Properties of Materials RC 3
MFG111 Machine Trades Print Reading and Inspection RC 4

Term 6

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3-5
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
Oral Comm 3–5

Term 7

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
4-7
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment. Critical Rdg 0–3
Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area NS 4

Term 8

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
8
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

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3-5
Restricted Elective RE 3–5
DFT+++++ Any DFT prefixed course Any DFT prefixed course RE

Program Electives

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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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HUM = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

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.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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=107989).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.