Welding Technology

This program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills for joining and cutting metallic materials. This includes instruction in SMAW, FCAW, GMAW, GTAW welding processes; oxyacetylene and plasma cutting of ferrous and non-ferrous materials. Includes, welding metallurgy, structural welding safety, and applicable codes and standards. These skills prepare students for the following careers: iron worker trade, steel worker trade, construction trades, pile driver trades, and glazing trades.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Display the ability to work safely within the welding industry. Obtain skills necessary to obtain an entry-level job within the welding/construction industry.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of SMAW, FCAW, GMAW, and GTAW welding processes.
  • Obtain skills necessary to properly set up equipment used in the various welding processes.
  • Obtain skills needed to pass AWS skills test to become a certified welder. 
Required Courses (28 units) Units
WEL-20  Blueprint Reading for Welders Trades 2
WEL-65A Beginning Shielded Metal Arc Welding 3
WEL-65B  Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding  3
WEL-75A Gas Metal Arc Welding  3
WEL-75B Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)  3
WEL-85A American Welding Society/Los Angeles City Welding I  3
WEL-95A Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 3
WEL-115A SMAW/GMAW Pipe Welding Fundamentals 3
Electives (Choose from list below)  5
Electives (5 units) Units  Units
WEL-22 Plate and Structural Steel Layout 2
WEL-34  Metal Joining Processes 2
WEL-85B American Welding Society/Los Angeles City Welding II 3
WEL-95B Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) 3
WEL-200 Welding Work Experience  1-4

Associate of Science Degree

The Associate of Science Degree in Welding Technology will be awarded upon completion of the degree requirements, including general education and other graduation requirements as described in the college catalog.

This Program Pathway will allow a full-time student to complete this program in 12-18 months. For students who require a part time pathway, please see a counselor for more information.