The Welding Technology Program is designed to prepare students for positions in a variety of trades or service industries requiring technically trained and/or certified welders. The program is designed to prepare students for the opportunity to become certified welders under the standards set by the American Welding Society. Students can receive their certification by the American Welding Society in a variety of processes as part of the instructional program.

This certificate is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon satisfactory completion of the listed requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this certificate.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate competencies in job safety skills and awareness of workplace hazards.
  • Follow written and oral instructions in the interpretation of simple drawings and sketches, including welding symbols and the execution of the fabrication process.
  • Set up, maintain, and adjust welding related equipment.
  • Acquire skills and knowledge to make a successful transition to an entry-level position in the work force.
  • Pass workmanship tests using common welding processes.

Certificate Requirements

  • WELD 70 Beginning Welding 3
  • WELD 73 Structural Steel Metal Fabrication 3
  • WELD 118 Blueprint & Specification Reading 2
  • WELD 170 Introduction to ARC Welding 3
  • WELD 171 Intermediate ARC Welding 3
  • WELD 174 Structural Steel MIG Welding 3
  • WELD 175 TIG Welding 3
  • WELD 178 Pipe Welding Fundamentals 3
  • WELD 182 Advanced ARC Welding 1.5
  • WELD 184 Advanced GTAW (TIG) Welding 1.5
  • WELD 186 Advanced Pipe Welding 2
  • WELD 188 Advanced GMAW (MIG) Welding 1.5
Total Units for Certificate: 29.5

Requirements for American Welding Society Certification

In order to become certified by the American Welding Society, the following courses are offered for the student to increase his/her skill and knowledge. Certification by the American Welding Society is dependent upon the meeting of criteria as determined by the certified welding inspector. The completion of these courses is recommended, but does not guarantee certification by the American Welding Society.

  • WELD 182 Advanced ARC Welding 1.5
  • WELD 183 Advanced ARC Welding Specialty Lab 1.5
  • WELD 184 Advanced GTAW (TIG) Welding 1.5
  • WELD 186 Advanced Pipe Welding 2
  • WELD 188 Advanced GMAW (MIG) Welding 1.5

For reference as of 2019/2020

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