Welding Technology A.A. Degree (09800.AA)

School of Agriculture and Industrial Technology

The Merced College Welding Technology Program prepares participants for employment in structural welding, welding repair, job shop welding, and production welding. The program is also designed to retrain and update persons presently employed in welding and related trades.

The program includes welding and related skills in the areas of (OAW) oxyacetylene welding, (OFC-A) oxyacetylene cutting, (SMAW) shielded metal arc welding, (GMAW) gas metal arc welding, (FCAW) flux cored arc welding, (GTAW) gas tungsten arc welding, (PAC) Plasma Arc Cutting, (CAC-A) air carbon arc cutting, and equipment used in metal fabrication. Basic welding processes are introduced and related skills are developed in the WELD-06 and WELD-07 courses. The WELD-40 courses are designed to develop skills in design, layout, selection of materials, and production welding. WELD-46 is structured to prepare students for and pass the structural, (Limited Thickness, Steel) AWS qualification test. The curriculum used in the welding program is competency based.

Students are required to furnish their own safety glasses, welding gloves, pliers, measuring tape and text.

Students who wish to construct personal welding projects in WELD-40A & WELD-40B are required to pay for the cost of their materials.

An Associate of Arts Degree in Welding Technology is available for students who successfully complete the graduation requirements and complete the following program. For successful completion, a student must complete the requirements with a minimum grade of a ā€œCā€ (or P) in each course with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

A. Demonstrate competencies in job safety skills and awareness of workplace hazards.

B. Follow written and oral instructions in the interpretation of simple drawings and sketches, including welding symbols and the execution of the fabrication process.

C. Set up welding related equipment in order to maintain and adjust the equipment as necessary.

D. Acquire skills and knowledge to make a successful transition to an entry-level position in the work force.

E. Demonstrate the ability to pass the workmanship tests using common welding processes.

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Program Requirements:

Program Core: (18 Units)


CADM-01 Print Reading & Sketching


WELD-06 Fundamentals of Oxy-Fuel Welding and Shielded Metal Arc Welding


WELD-07 Fundamentals of T.I.G. and M.I.G. Welding


WELD-40A* Introduction Welding Design and Construction


WELD-40B* Advanced Welding Design and Construction


WELD-46** Advanced Arc Welding Procedures


WELD-53** Fabrication Equipment Operation and Safety


Total: (18 Units)

Completion of MCCD-GE Breadth: (23 units)

Elective (as needed to reach 60 units) Units: (19 Units)

Total Degree Units: (60 Units)

*Offered in the fall semester as a night class only. Offered in the spring semester as a day class only.

**Offered in the spring semester as a night class only.

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Contact Information


Bryan Tassey


(209) 384-6250

School Office

AGIT Office


(209) 381-6478

Welding Program Website