Certificate of Completion in Welding: Fundamentals

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Field of Interest: Applied Technology

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Welding: Fundamentals prepares students to work in industry using oxy-fuel welding and cutting (OFW) (OFC) and shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) processes. This certificate provides an introduction to the 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). An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Welding as well as certificates in the following areas of specialization are also available: Welding: Gas Metal/Flux Cored Arc Welding (GMAW)/(FCAW), Welding: Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) Ferrous, Welding: Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) Non-Ferrous, Welding: Shielded Metal Arc welding (SMAW) Plate, and Welding: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Pipe.


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Welding: Fundamentals (CER)
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Program Notes

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

What You’ll Learn

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

  1. Adhere to industry safety regulations applicable to welding environments.
  2. Demonstrate proficient use of machines, tools and equipment in the welding environment.
  3. Using appropriate welding and cutting processes and procedures, prepare various types of weld joints per industry standards.
  4. Using appropriate welding and cutting processes and procedures, perform various types of welds on industry standard joint types in all positions.
  5. Describe quality control standards and practices applied in welding inspection in the welding industry.
  6. Interpret technical drawings common to welding.
  7. Use mathematical skills to solve basic welding problems.
  8. Solve basic welding problems applying a fundamental understanding of the physical, mechanical and chemical properties of materials.
  9. Demonstrate quality workmanship in a timely manner.
  10. Demonstrate professional knowledge and personal accountability.
  11. Effectively communicate verbally, non-verbally and in writing in various workplace environments.
  12. Identify the challenges and employment opportunities within the field of welding.
  13. Identify opportunities to expand knowledge, skills, and abilities within the field of welding.

Career Opportunities

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.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Restricted Electives

Select 10 credits in consultation with a Program and/or Academic Advisor to further develop skills in the specialization areas shown below. WLD106AB, WLD106AC, WLD206AA may be selected as a Restricted Elective if it is not used to satisfy Required Courses in term 1.

Gas Metal / Flux Cored Arc Welding (GMAW)/(FCAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW):
WLD206AA Introduction to GMAW/FCAW and GTAW
WLD206AB Advanced GMAW and FCAW
WLD206AC Advanced GTAW Non-Ferrous
WLD206AD Advanced GTAW Ferrous
WLD208AB GMAW Code Welding
WLD208AC FCAW Code Welding

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Plate:
WLD106AC SMAW 7018 Plate
WLD208AA SMAW Code Welding

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Pipe:
WLD106AB SMAW 6010 Plate
WLD106AD SMAW Introduction to Pipe
WLD208AA SMAW Code Welding
WLD208AD SMAW Code Welding Pipe

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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 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: Fundamentals (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=146932).

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: Fundamentals program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2021-2022 (Current)    5/25/2021 – 5/23/2022
2020-2021 5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021