West Hills Center
Associate of Science
This program provides students with the skills and knowledge for employment in the scientific and industrial areas requiring welding specialists. Courses in mathematics, science and blueprint reading are required elements of the degree. Successful completion of this program prepares students for the following external industry certifying examinations: Shielded Metal Arc Welding–D1.1 and D1.5 American Welding Society (AWS) test on one-inch plate in the vertical position; Flux Core Arc Welding–AWS D1.1/AWS D1.5 one-inch plate vertical position; and six-inch Pipe SCHD 80 in the 6G position. Additionally, advanced certifications are available through restrictive elective course offerings.
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:
- Utilize safety procedures and theory of the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) processes.
- Utilize multi-layered welds in different weld joints and weld positions.
- Operate oxy-fuel cutting and brazing equipment safely.
- Identify and interpret blueprints and the basic (AWS) weld symbols.
- Apply gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, flux core arc welding processes and the safety and set-up procedures for metals such as aluminum, stainless steel and carbon steel.
The Welding Technology program is located at the CCAC–West Hills Center as a day or evening program. Credit for some courses may be awarded for work completed at an area Career and Technology Center (CTC), trade school or from the military. Students will be required to purchase welding tools and equipment.
Upon completion of this program, a graduate may seek employment as a welder, a welding shop supervisor or as an advanced certified welder.