• Certified Welder

  • Career Pathway Certificate of Completion

    Catalog Year 2018-2019

    All of the courses in the Certified Welder program are applicable to the Welding Technology Certificate and the Integrated Metals AAS degree.

    Welder certification to American Welding Society (AWS) code specifications in a particular welding process and position is often what is needed for one to become employed as a welder. Many students enroll for this evening program option upon recommendation of their employer to obtain a welder certification, resulting in a job position upgrade and/or wage increase.

    This evening program is designed specifically to focus on welder certification in one or more welding processes and positions.

    This program is designed for fall term entry. Entry during winter term may delay program completion by one or more terms and is based on individual qualifications as determined by Welding Technology instructors and completion of admission criteria. No students will be accepted into this program for a spring term start. This is a limited-entry program. Students must apply and be accepted into the program to have their major changed to Welding Technology certificate.

    MHCC Welding Technology celebrates and endorses the efforts of our local high school students interested in becoming trained as welders. Program specific laboratory training at the high school level earns college credit applicable toward approved Integrated Metals certificates and degrees.

    Program Outcomes

    At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:

    • Demonstrate safety procedures and safety inspections for welding processes and related equipment
    • Identify welding equipment and accessories and explain power source principles of operation
    • Read, interpret and apply blueprint specifications for the production and inspection of manufactured work pieces
    • List and perform set-up, adjustments and operations of welding and oxy-fuel cutting equipment in the preparation and completion of welding practice plates
    • Describe and perform welding processes as they relate to the welding of ferrous and non-ferrous metals
    • Identify various electrodes, filler wires, shielding gasses and current types and their relationship to base-metal varieties
    • Describe and apply the variables and techniques used to weld carbon steel and aluminum to blueprint specifications with regard to joint types, weld types and positions of welding
    • Visually examine welds for discontinuities, defects, correct weld size and placement, providing solutions for welding procedure errors
    • Produce acceptable test plate weldments according to American Welding Society (AWS) code specifications

    What are the employment opportunities?

    Students who apply themselves in the program and obtain a satisfactory level of competence in welding should be able to secure employment in many areas, including ship and barge building and repair, metal fabrication, aircraft component assembly and repair, automotive, custom car, race car/truck and hot-rod fabrication, repair and retrofit, motorcycle and ATV customization and repair, armorer applications, construction and maintenance welding to name just a few. Most companies require the prospective employee to pass a welding test as a condition of employment. This program will assist the student preparing for welder qualification testing and provide testing opportunities for welder certification to American Welding Society code standards in one or more positions and processes, providing the skill credential for entry into a position in industry as a certified welder or a position upgrade with their present employer.

    Our success stories include students who graduate to form their own companies or apply their newfound abilities to their hobby passions; others who find their niche with welding and fabrication firms large and small, local and abroad utilizing their skills to build and repair “all things metal” the world over.

    Note: Students are required to maintain a minimum grade of “C” in all IMTL courses in order to progress through all three terms of this program.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    IMTL120 SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding/ Stick) Theory 2
    IMTL121 SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding/Stick) Lab 3
    IMTL171 Welding Certificate Program Lab I 1
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    IMTL140 GMAW /FCAW (Gas Metal and Flux Cored A rc Welding/Wire Feed) Theory 2
    IMTL141 GMAW /FCAW (Gas Metal and Flux Cored Arc Welding/Wire Feed) Lab 3
    IMTL172 Welding Certificate Program Lab II 1
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    IMTL124 Blueprint Reading for Welding Applications 3
    IMTL163 Welding Certification Preparation Lab 3
    IMTL173 Welding Certificate Program Lab III 1
    Total Credits 19

    The Certified Welder program is not financial aid eligible. However, the related degree program, Integrated Metals AAS and the Welding Technology Certificate are aid eligible.