Cerro Coso Community College

Welding Technology Certificate

Welding Technology Certificate

The Welding Technology Certificate

  • Trains students in multiple welding processes.
  • Prepares students for an entry level welding position in diverse fields.
  • Promotes safe and clean work habits.

You can use this to:

  • Enhance career opportunities in:
    • Pipe Welder
    • Fitter/Fabricator
    • Sheet Metal Worker
    • Manufacturing
    • Structural Welder
  • Potentially find work in the following industries
    • Aircraft
    • Construction
    • Marine
    • Mining
    • Renewable Energy
    • Aerospace
    • Manufacturing
    • Metal Art
    • Railroad
    • Ship Building
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The basic skills of welding are the same across industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another, depending on where they are needed most.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

  • To demonstrate competency in major welding processes used in industry.
  • To apply welding processes and the use of hand tools and shop equipment to fabricate projects.
  • To accurately fabricate items from technical drawings using appropriate math skills.
  • To apply and practice workplace safety policies and procedures while learning welding and related skills.

I wanted to tell you how much I have appreciated your welding classes. I am a metal fabricator at Searles Valley Minerals and your classes have helped me excel in my trade.

—Anthony Blanco, Student


Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.

Fees are required for four welding courses @$40.00 and two @$50.00 each.

Complete all of the following courses:

Advisory: ENGL C040.

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in reading and interpreting technical drawings used in an industrial environment. Principles of technical drawing are introduced along with standard symbols and abbreviations found in industrial drawings, schematics, and diagrams. Students produce technical sketches without the use of instruments. 54 hours lecture.

Offered Ridgecrest every Fall.

This course introduces the practical mathematical skills needed in a wide variety of trade and technical areas. Basic use of scientific calculators to aid in solving real-world problems is included as well as how to use measuring instruments such as calipers, micrometers, and meters. 54 hours lecture.

Offered Ridgecrest every Spring.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course prepares students to identify and properly use a variety of tools and equipment in an industrial environment. Emphasis is placed on safety and the use of the correct tool for a specific task. Students are given hands-on experience with many of the tools and equipment during practical lab exercises and demonstrations. 18 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered Ridgecrest every Fall.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

In this course students gain practical experience in welding, brazing, soldering, and cutting of steel using oxyacetylene. Topics include safety, metals and their physical properties, setup and use of oxyacetylene equipment, and welding and cutting techniques. $40 Material Fee. 36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered Ridgecrest every semester.

Prerequisite: WELD C101

In this course students gain practical, hands-on experience in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) as well as learn safety, the different types of SMAW machines, identification of metals, electrode selection and electrical theory. $40 Material Fee. 18 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered Ridgecrest every semester.

Prerequisite: WELD C101

In this course students gain practical experience in Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Metal Inert Gas (MIG) as well as learn safety, welding and identification of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, shielding gasses, bare and flux cored electrodes, and proper selection of welding materials for different applications. $40 Material Fee. 18 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered Ridgecrest every semester.

Prerequisite: WELD C102, WELD C200

This course provides practical experience in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) as well as lectures on safety, welding and identification of exotic metals, types of filler metals and shielding gasses. $40 Material Fee. 18 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered Ridgecrest every semester.

Prerequisite: WELD C102

This course is designed to help the student develop skills required to be proficient at the welding of pipe and tubing using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) processes. Welding position, preparation, and fit-up are covered as well as techniques and special conditions associated with the welding of pipe and tubing. $50 Material Fee. 36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered Ridgecrest every semester.

Prerequisite: WELD C102, WELD C200

This course is designed to enable the student to construct welded projects using the processes learned in previous courses. The student learns to read technical drawings, interpret welding symbols, produce shop drawings, and use trade related math in the layout and assembly process. $50 Material Fee. 36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered Ridgecrest every semester.

Campuses

All classes needed for this certificate are available at the following campuses: Ridgecrest / IWV

Pathway to Completion

Additionally, some of the general education courses needed to complete this major are available at all our locations.

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

This certificate requires 23.0 units and will likely take 2 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

23.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $1,058 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $1,380* for books and supplies

Total cost $2,438 for 2 semesters

Non-residents

23.0 units

at $258 per unit

Equals $5,934 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $1,380* for books and supplies

Total cost $7,314 for 2 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.

For general questions, contact:

David Villicana
Industrial Arts
Phone: (760) 384-6273
Email: david.villicana1@cerrocoso.edu

Counseling can provide specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

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