The Welding program and certificates offers a selection of technology courses and programs that prepares graduates a career in wleding. The content and instruction within welding centers on the traditional welding processes and practices of oxyacetylene welding and cutting, shielded metal arc (stick), gas tungsten arc (Tig-Heliarc), gas metal arc (MIG), as well as the non-traditional processes of plasma arc, resistance welding, fluxed core arc, submerged arc, and electron beam. Completion of the different sequences of instruction within the welding department prepares graduates for a rewarding career in metal fabrication, maintenance, education, supervision, sales and service, as well as many other opportunities associated with welding technology.

Graduates of the welding program or certificates will learn a wide range of skills and gain industry specific experience in:

  • entry-level weldments.
  • analyzing welding applications and quantifying the needed materials and equipment to perform tasks.
  • FCAW (Flux Core Arc Welding) and its applications
  • oxyacetylene welding
  • joining plates by the SMAW process 
  • gas tungsten arc (TIG-Heliarc) welding
  • gas metal arc (MIG-Wirefeeders) welding (GMAW)
  • procedures in welding design and metal fabrication
  • the science, technology and art of welding specific to processes using semiautomatic, automation and simulation control technology.

Programs

AAS in Welding

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
WLD 105 Techniques in Oxyacetylene Welding and Cutting 3 Major Requirement
WLD 108 Techniques in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 3 Major Requirement
WLD 109 Techniques in Gas Metal Arc Welding 3 Major Requiremen

ENG 100

or

ENG 101 or ENG 107

Introduction to Composition

or

Freshman Composition 1/GE

GE- Composition
CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Information Systems/GE (recommended) GE- Additional Courses
DFT 100 AutoCAD 1 ‐ Drafting 3 Departmental Requirement
    18  

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
WLD 101 Math Applications for Welders 3 Recommended
WLD 106 Techniques in Shielded Metal Arc Welding 3 Major Requirement
WLD 123 Manufacturing/Welding Technology Survey 3 Major Requirement
ENG 101 or ENG 107 Freshman Composition 1/GE 3 GE- Composition
or      
ENG 102 Freshman Composition 2/GE    
MAT 105 Mathematics for Applied Sciences or higher level approved math 3 GE- Mathematics
MFG 195 Materials Science and Metallurgy 3 Major Requirement
ENV 101 Environmental Science/GE (recommended) 4 GE- Physical and Biological Sciences
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Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
MFG 185 Quality Control and Inspection 3 Major Requirement
WLD 104 Introduction to Robotic Welding 3 Departmental Requirement
WLD 124 Arc Welding Processes and Power Sources 3 Major Requirement
WLD 125 Welding Design, Layout and Fabrication 3 Major Requirement
WLD 201 Technical Writing (recommended) 3 Recommended
ECT 105 Basic Electricity 3 Departmental Requirement
    18  

Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
WLD 127 Welder Certification & Code Application 6 Recommended
WLD 224 Technical Specialized Welding Process 3 Major Requirement
ENG 110 Technical Writing 3 Departmental Requirement
TEC 165 Employee and Occupational Safety 3 Departmental Requirement
PHI 105 Ethics/GE 3 GE- Humanities
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Social and Behavioral Science
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Welding Certificate

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
WLD 105 Techniques in Oxyacetylene Welding and Cutting 3 Major Requirement
WLD 108 Techniques in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 3 Major Requirement
WLD 109 Techniques in Gas Metal Arc Welding 3 Major Requirement
DFT 100 AutoCAD 1 - Drafting 3 Departmental Requirement
    12  

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
MAT 106 Math for Welders 3 Recommended
WLD 106 Tehniques in Shielded Metal Arc Welding 3 Major Requirement
WLD 123 Manufacturing/Welding Technology Survey 3 Major Requirement
MFG 195 Materials Science and Metallurgy 3 Departmental Requirement
    12  

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
WLD 124 Arc Welding Processes and Power Sources 3 Major Requirement
WLD 125 Welding Design Layout and Fabrication 3 Major Requirement
WLD 201 Introduction to Robotic Welding 4 Major Requirement
MFG 185 Quality Control and Inspection 3 Departmental Requirement
    14  

Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
WLD 127 Welder Certification and Code Application 6 Major Requirement
TEC 165 Employee and Occupational Safety 3 Departmental Requirement
    9  

Welding Cert of Proficiency Gmaw/Fcaw Plate Certificate

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
DFT 100 AutoCAD 1 - Drafting 3 Departmental Requirement
WLD 109 Techniques in Gas Metal Arc Welding 3 Major Requirement
    6  

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
MAT 106 Math for Welders 3 Major Requirement
WLD 104 Techniques in Flux Core Arc Welding 3 Major Requirement
    6  

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
WLD 125 Welding Design, Layout and Fabrication 3 Major Requirement
WLD 201 Introduction to Robotic Welding 4 Major Requirement
    7  

 

Welding Cert of Proficiency Smaw Plate Certificate

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
DFT 100 Auto CAD 1 Drafting 3 Major Requirement
WLD 105 Techniques in Oxyacetylene Welding and Cutting 3 Major Requirement
WLD 106 Techniques in Shielded Metal Arc Welding 3 Major Requirement
    9  

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
MAT 106 Math for Welders 3 Departmental Requirement
WLD 127 Welder Certification and Code Application 6 Major Requirement
    9  

Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
WLD 125 Welding Design, Layout, and Fabrication 3 Major Requirement
WLD 201 Introduction to Robotic Welding 4 Major Requirement
       

 

Welding Entry Level Certificate

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
WLD 105 Techniques in Oxyacetylene Welding and Cutting 3 Major Requirement
WLD 106 Tehniques in Shielded Metal Arc Welding 3 Major Requirement
WLD 108 Techniques in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 3 Major Requirement
WLD 109 Techniques in Gas Metal Arc Welding 3 Major Requirement
    12  

Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
MAT 106 Math for Welders 3 Major Requirement
WLD 127 Welder Certification and Code Application 6 Departmental Requirement
    9  

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Career Overview & Job Outlook

Successful completion of the welding program or certificates may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations and annual median wages. For the higher paying welder positions, additional certifications and or schooling are needed. Welders in the structural and aerospace fields often work 60 – 70-hour work weeks. Welders can also join unions which provide better jobs.

Local welders (Yuma) in the agriculture or welding industries
Welders fabricate and assemble metal structures and equipment through the use of welders, cutters, shapers and measuring tools and produce metal products according to customer or employer specifications.
$28,800-$57,600
Structural Welders
Structural welders create the metal framework for buildings and bridges as well as cut and repair beams, columns, and girders. They work for construction companies, manufacturers, ship builders, mining companies, oil and gas companies, and aerospace industries. 
$50,000-$85,000
Pipefitters/Pipe Welders
Pipefitters measure and mark pipes for cutting, threading and welding and use tools such as saws, cutting torches, pipe threaders, benders, and welders.
$65,000-$110,000
Underwater Welders
Welder-divers are required to perform various duties that include fitting and rigging, inspection and non-destructive testing, drafting, underwater photography and underwater cutting. 
$80,000-$175,000
Aerospace Welders
Install, diagnose, and repair sound, security, and navigation equipment in motor vehicles.
$65,000-$150,000

Contact Information

Noberto Alvarado
Professor of Welding
(928) 344-7570

Kenia Lopez
Senior Secretary, Construction and Technology Programs
(928) 344-7752

Pasquale Lamaestra
Director of Construction and Technology Programs
(928) 317-6005

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