Learn more about the Welding program.
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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.
Important information you’ll need when applying for admission:
- Field of Interest
- Applied Technology
- Academic Plan
- Welding (CER)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
- Program Notes
This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses within the program.
What You’ll Learn
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.
Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
- 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 AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|WLD106AA||Arc Welding, or permission of instructor||Gateway course||0–5|
|(Arc Welding 6010 3G-4G) or SMAW 7018 Plate or SMAW 7018 Plate or Introduction to GMAW/FCAW and GTAW or Advanced GMAW and FCAW or Advanced GTAW Non-Ferrous or Advanced GTAW Ferrous or SMAW Code Welding or Advanced GTAW Ferrous||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in WLD106AA or permission of Instructor. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in WLD106AA or permission of Instructor. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in WLD106AA or permission of Instructor. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better required in WLD106AA or permission of Instructor or Corequisites: WLD106AA. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in WLD206AA or permission of Instructor. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in WLD206AA or permission of Instructor. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in WLD206AA or permission of Instructor. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in WLD106AA or permission of Instructor. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in WLD206AA or permission of Instructor.||Students must select one - two (1-2) courses for a total of 5-10 credits from WLD106, WLD206 or WLD208||5–10|
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Course Area Key
Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.
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.
This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
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 academic advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.
View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Welding (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=132997).
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:
|Catalog Year||Effective Dates|
|2021-2022||(Current) 5/25/2021 – 5/23/2022|
|2020-2021||5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021|
|2019-2020||5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020|