applied technology

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 aligns with industry credentials outlined by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), as well as weld qualifications to the American Welding Society (AWS) D1.1 and/or D17.1 standards, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler Pressure Vessel Code IX, and/or American Petroleum Institute (API) 1104 standards.

Successful completion of your hours makes you eligible to apply for graduation to receive your certificate of competency. 


You must be 18 years of age to work in industry and wear proper attire. Prescription safety glasses with side shields are required if you wear prescription glasses.

Information Session Attendance

Trades Info Sessions | Thursdays (9:30 to 10:30 a.m.) | Central City Campus, 1245 E. Buckeye Road, Phoenix. 


Certificates may be earned in Welding NCCER.


You may look forward to jobs in large or small shops, manufacturing facilities, marine and watercraft industries and construction sites. 

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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.

Program Locations

Central City 

Job Titles

Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters**

Program Cost

Certificate of Competency - Welding: Combination:  $6,003*
Certificate of Competency - Welding: Pipe & Plate:  $6,127*
Certificate of Competency - Welding: TIG (GTAW):  $5,441*

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Certificates #1760 (Day) and #1765 (Night)

You will explore various welding disciplines, such as gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux core arc welding (FCAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), processes and shielded metal arc welding (SMAW). Gain skills in the welding lab in accordance with welding codes, including AWS D1.1 (structural welding code). Learn about thermal cutting processes with oxygen-fuel, plasma arc cutting and air carbon arc gouging.


Certificates #1770 (Day) and #1775 (Night)

You will be introduced to various disciplines, such as gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), processes and shielded metal arc welding (SMAW). Learn foundational skills and knowledge in the basics of plate and pipe welding lab in accordance with welding codes, including AWS D1.1 (structural welding code), API 1104, and ASME Boiler Pressure Vessel Code.


Certificate #1780 (Day) and #1785 (Night)

You will be build skills in gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) and learn safety and the fundamentals of GTAW (TIG) welding process, including welding positions on edge, corner, lap and t-joints in accordance with AWS D17.1 (sheet materials in aircraft and aerospace) welding code. GTAW techniques for carbon steel, aluminum and stainless steel.

Program Number Completion Time* Program Costs*
Welding: Combination       1760 (Day) & 1765 (Night)   828 hr | 10 mo/12 mo         $6,003
Welding: Pipe & Plate  1770 (Day) & 1775 (Night)  828 hr | 10 mo/12 mo $6,127
Welding: TIG (GTAW)    1780 (Day) & 1785 (Night) 728 hr | 8 mo/10 mo $5,441

Start Dates

*Day program months based on 24 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Night program months based on 20 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Actual completion times may vary. Costs include tuition, lab and estimated book fees. Amount based on current estimates and will vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.

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