Welding is the process of joining together (metal pieces or parts) by heating the surfaces to the point of melting using a blowtorch, electric arc, or other means, and uniting them by pressing, hammering, etc. You have the opportunity to learn several welding processes for various applications. The program goes hand-in-hand by standards and practices outline by the American Welding Society.
Successful completion of your hours makes you eligible to apply for graduation to receive your certificate of competency.
Generally students must be 18 to work in industry; wear proper attire. Prescription safety glasses with side shields are required if your wear prescription glasses.
Information Session Attendance
Trades Info Sessions | Mondays (3 to 4 p.m.) and Thursdays (9:30 to 10:30 a.m.) | Central City Campus, 1245 E. Buckeye Road, Phoenix. Please note that there will be no sessions on Thursday, Feb. 28 and March 14.
Certificates may be earned in Advanced Welding and in Welding NCCER.
You may look forward to jobs in large or small shops, manufacturing facilities, marine and watercraft industries and construction sites.
You also may take advantage of career services to gain skills in interviewing, resume writing, looking for a job and other career guidance. Through these services you will be better prepared to complete successful interviews and attain employment.
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Clock Hour Program
Clock-based certificates are training programs that provide skills for quick entry into the workforce. The clock-hour programs have specific year-round start dates.
Central City Campus
Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters**
Certificate of Competency - Advanced Welding I: $6,018*
Certificate of Competency - Advanced Welding II: $6,142*
Certificate of Competency - Advanced Welding III: $5,456*
Visit O*NET OnLine for median salary.
Advanced Welding I (Day)
Advanced Welding I (Night)
Advanced Welding II (Day)
Advanced Welding II (Night)
Advanced Welding III (Day)
Advanced Welding III (Night)
Welding Level I (Day) (Pertains to students enrolled before June 30, 2017)
Combination Welder-2 Process: MIG/TIG (Pertains to students enrolled before June 30, 2017)
Combination Welder-3 Process (Pertains to students enrolled before June 30, 2017)
Combination Welder-3 Process with Intro to Pipe Welding (Pertains to students enrolled before June 30, 2017)
Combination Welder-4 Process (Pertains to students enrolled before June 30, 2017)
TIG Welder/TIG Fingertip Welder (Pertains to students enrolled before June 30, 2017)
Combination Welder-2 Process: ARC/FLUX (Pertains to students enrolled before June 30, 2017)
*Day program months based on 24 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Actual completion times may vary. Night program months based on 20 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Costs include tuition and lab fees. Amount based on current estimates and will vary.
**For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, as well as wage and employment trend information.
The Machining and Welding programs are participating in a federally funded TAACCCT grant as part of a state-wide consortium, along with Estrella Mountain Community College locally.
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