Welding Technology, Manufacturing Technology (AAS)

Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Major: Manufacturing Technology
Emphasis: Welding Technology
Program Code: 1332

About This Major . . .

This Welding Technology Degree program is designed to provide training and opportunity to become proficient at SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, FCAW, OAC, PAC, blueprint reading, pipe welding, fabrication, automation, layout, mathematics, and safety. This program offers classroom lecture and related lab work. Students study welding, cutting, layout, fabrication and technical math. Safety, attitude and quality of workmanship are stressed throughout this course. The welding AAS degree prepares students for advanced level placement in a wide range of jobs in the welding industry and is designed to meet competency based standards set by the American Welding Society. This program prepares students to become AWS certified welders.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit WCCC's Programs of Study page.

All CMU/WCCC associate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus‐wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Apply business communication using listening, verbal and written forms that are needed for entry level employment in the industry. (Communication Fluency)
  2. Apply Mathematical concepts for the Welding industry to meet entry level employment requirements. (Quantitative Fluency
  3. Research, evaluate, synthesize and apply information/data relevant to the welding industry. (Critical Thinking)
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of terminology, symbols, business practices, principles and application of associated technical skills in the industry. (Specialized Knowledge)
  5. Perform the necessary applied welding skill sets to fulfill the needs of entry level employment. (Applied Learning)
  6. Demonstrate ethical and civic responsibility necessary for employees in the welding industry. (Specialized Knowledge)

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU and WCCC Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 60 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 15 of the final 30 semester hours of credit at CMU/WCCC.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU/WCCC coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 20 semester credit hours for an AAS degree.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Specific to this program:

  • 65 semester hours total for the AAS, Manufacturing Technology - Welding Technology.

Essential Learning Requirements

(15 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
SPCH 101Interpersonal Communications3
MATH 107Career Math (or higher)3
Other Essential Learning Core Courses
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course3
Total Semester Credit Hours15

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Total Semester Credit Hours2

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(48 semester hours, must earn a grade of “C” or better in each course.)

  • Students in Welding may be required to purchase approximately $500.00 in tools and personal safety welding equipment.  This does not include required textbooks.  These costs may vary with student need and brand or quality of tools or equipment purchased.  All safety glasses must meet the minimum industry safety standard of Z-87 with side shields.
CADT 101Introduction to Computers1
ELCE 124Electrical Safety1
MAMT 105Print Reading and Sketching2
MAMT 101Introduction to Manufacturing2
MAMT 260Properties of Materials3
WELD 110Shielded Metal Arc Welding4
WELD 111Shielded Metal Arc Welding 24
WELD 114Oxy-Fuel Welding & Brazing2
WELD 117Oxy-Fuel and Plasma Arc Cutting2
WELD 133Fabrication & Blueprints for Welders4
WELD 201Gas Metal Arc Welding4
WELD 230Gas Tungsten Arc Welding4
WELD 240Pipe Welding4
WELD 203Flux Cored Arc Welding4
WELD 275Automation4
Total Semester Credit Hours45
Restricted Electives
Select one of the following:3
CAD - Mechanical
Introduction to Machine Shop
Introduction to Fluid Power
Workplace Skills
Total Semester Credit Hours3
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
MAMT 105 Print Reading and Sketching 2
ELCE 124 Electrical Safety 1
WELD 110 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 4
WELD 117 Oxy-Fuel and Plasma Arc Cutting 2
MATH 107 Career Math 3
WELD 201 Gas Metal Arc Welding 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
WELD 133 Fabrication & Blueprints for Welders 4
CADT 101 Introduction to Computers 1
WELD 203 Flux Cored Arc Welding 4
WELD 111 Shielded Metal Arc Welding 2 4
WELD 230 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 4
 Semester Credit Hours17
Second Year
Fall Semester
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
KINA 1XXActivity 1
WELD 114 Oxy-Fuel Welding & Brazing 2
MAMT 101 Introduction to Manufacturing 2
WELD 240 Pipe Welding 4
Social Sciences, Natural Science, Fine Arts, or Humanities 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
SPCH 101 Interpersonal Communications 3
MAMT 260 Properties of Materials 3
WELD 275 Automation 4
Social Sciences, Natural Science, Fine Arts, or Humanities 3
Restricted Electives 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours65

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/registrar/graduation.html.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.