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    May 30, 2023  
MCCC College Catalog 2022-23 
MCCC College Catalog 2022-23

Welding Technology, A.A.S.

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Associate of Applied Science Degree

The associate of applied science degree with specialization in welding technology parallels the high technological demands in the joining and fabrication areas of manufacturing industries. The welding laboratory contains state-of-the-art equipment for Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), as well as multiple thermal cutting process applications. The subject matter and laboratory experiences in the welding technology program provide training for the serious welding technologist, with emphasis on welding skill development, welding metallurgy, weldment evaluation and testing, and related technical courses. A pathway to certification in nondestructive testing (NDT) is also available for students interested in weld inspection. Students can take individual NDT courses or pursue the entire certificate for additional credentials. The MCCC welding technology program articulates with Ferris State University’s and Wayne State University’s four-year degree programs.

Certificate programs are also available for students interested in rapid skills development with an accelerated pathway into the welding industry. MCCC offers both beginning and advanced welding certificates as well as offers AWS SENSE QC-10 and QC-11 welding process certifications. MCCC also has been a certified MDOT testing facility for the past five years.

Career Opportunities

Students are prepared for many welding-related careers and trades, including welding inspection, sales, service, design, maintenance and engineering. The college offers state and American Welding Society welder certification testing. Graduates of this program will be prepared for entry-level employment in the following areas:

  • Engineering technician
  • Pipefitter
  • Production welder
  • Weld inspector
  • Welder/fabricator
  • Welding metallurgy technician
  • Welding sales/service technician

Required General Education Courses

See the General Education Requirements  in the college catalog or on the college website ( for a list of coursesthat satisfy the General Education Learning Competencies.

The following codes identify courses that satisfy MCCC’s General Education Requirements :

(C1) GE Natural Sciences Competency
(C2) GE Mathematics Competency
(C3) GE Writing Competency
(C4) GE Computer Literacy Competency
(C5) GE Human Experience Competency
(C6) GE Social Systems Competency

Required Courses and Sequence

* MATH 119  (Elementary Technical Mathematics) and MATH 124  (Technical Mathematics II) are required for students whose goal isto complete the associate of applied science degree and seek employment. MATH 157  (College Algebra) and MATH 159  (Trigonometryand Analytical Geometry) are recommended for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution. Other MATH courses maybe selected for transfer depending on the student’s choice of transfer institution. Students interested in transfer are encouraged to seekthe assistance of a faculty advisor or admissions counselor.

Fourth Semester

Total Degree Requirements 64 credits

Total Degree Costs 83 minimum billable contact hours

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