Welders lined up in welding booths

The new welding program will align with the American Welding Society (AWS) training and certifications. The welding program is following the SENSE (Schools Excelling through National Skill Standards Education) program and the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) program, which aligns industrial education with secondary and postsecondary institutions. The welding program is designed to build Tech Prep and dual-enrollment credits earned in high school for transfer into community college Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways. The program prepares students for certification tests in specific welding codes such as: AWS, API, and ASME Section IX.

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Welding Certificates:

  • The certificate programs concentrate on the “traditional” welding processes and practices of oxy-acetylene welding & cutting, plasma cutting, carbon air arc cutting, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and flux core arc welding. Participation in, and completion of, the different sequences of instruction within the welding program prepares the student for a rewarding career in metal fabrication, maintenance, education, supervision, sales and services, as well as many other opportunities associated with welding technology. Students have the opportunity to learn skills that can lead to immediate employment. There are five certificate programs available: Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Wire Feed (GMAW/FCAW) Welding, Entry Level I Welder and Entry Level II Welder. The number of credits required in certificate programs varies depending upon the program chosen. The certificate program is designed to teach incremental levels of welding skills that enable students to achieve nationally recognized certification (AWS/NCCER Entry Level 1 Welder & Entry Level II Welder).

Welding Certification Testing

Those interested in gaining their AWS (American Welding Society) certification can now complete their testing at Mohave Community College. MCC is one of the few facilities in Arizona to receive the national accreditation necessary in order to certify welders in particular skill areas.

You don’t have to be an MCC student to complete the testing. Testing is open to anyone who is interested.

For questions regarding testing, please contact the Director of Welding Testing Buddy May at bmay@mohave.edu or 928-692-3012.

Alternatively, you may contact the Administrative Assistant for Career and Technical Education Heather Pyeatt at hpyeatt@mohave.edu, or 928-704-4935.

To register for testing certification:

  • See which testing dates are available here
  • Select the AWS Accredited Test Facility Certification date you’d like to register for
  • Above the red Event Details bar, click on the Register icon
  • Fill in your personal information, select which test you’d like to take and click Next
  • Review your information to ensure it’s correct, then click on the blue Credit Card button
  • Enter your credit card information* and click Submit at the bottom of the page
Positions Tested Total Fee Type of Metal
3G & 4G $375 3/8″ Plate
Re-test 3G & 4G $300 3/8″ Plate
3G & 4G $400 1″ Plate
Re-test 3G & 4G $300 1″ Plate
6G Pipe $430 6/80
Re-test 6G $300 6/80
6G $475 2XXH
Re-test 6G $300 2XXH
Bend Testing (up to 3/8″ side bend) $45 per bend  
Bend Testing (up to 3/8″ root & face bend) $35 per bend  
On-Site Welder Training (8 hr day includes facility and materials per day/booth/individual) $650  
On-Site Welder Training (practice time with welding machine and booth per hour/booth/individual) $40  
Off-Site CWI Test Supervision (in the field, per hour plus travel expense) $85 – $125  
Business & Industry **  

* Please note the payment method for testing is credit card only.
** Rates for special testing or for testing multiple personnel will be charges on an agreed-to, negotiated contract rate.

Frequently Asked Questions

How well are Welders paid?

The average salary for welders in Mohave County is $36,460 and the average hourly rate is $17.53, according to 2017 figures from the U.S. Department of Labor. Students are also earning $13.00 to $31.50 per hour. Two students performing underwater welding are receiving $118.00 per hour plus $1.00 for every 22 feet they dive, and $1.00 for every foot they go inside something (pipe). They are paid a minimum of four hours per dive, and are also paid $37.00 per hour when traveling to the job site.  Highly skilled Welders and Welding Engineers can earn more than $60,000 a year.

Is there a demand for Welders?

Yes. An article in the Wall Street Journal has stated there is a shortage of Welders; the average age of Welders is currently 54 and climbing.  The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that over the next 7 years another 22,500 welders will be needed in America.  

What are some typical tasks that a Welder would do?

Welding, Fitting, Layout and Cutting.

What are the typical working conditions for Welders?

Welders will find a lot of different working conditions:

  • Hours might vary from 40 to 70 hours a week.
  • Some Welders might work in a shop, others will travel the country or world.
  • The conditions of some jobs vary from very dirty to a sterile, clean room setting.

What is a Welder?

A Welder is the person who operates the welding machine that is used to join metal.

What is welding?

Welding is the art of heating metal to the melting point and then allowing parts of the metal and filler metal to flow together. Welding is a diverse technology, and there are 94 welding and allied processes.

What skills, traits, or preparatory classes would be helpful for the Welding Technology program?

  • A positive attitude
  • Good reading, writing and math skills
  • Ability to work accurately
  • Ability to evaluate and make decisions
  • Mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity
  • Basic computer skills

What will I learn in the Welding Technology program?

  • Weld in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead position
  • Weld using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) processes
  • Weld using the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) process
  • Weld using the Flux Cored Arc Welding Self Shielded (FCAW-SS) processes
  • Weld using the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) processes
  • Weld and cut using Oxyacetylene
  • Weld on plate, tubing and pipe
  • You will gain knowledge on what is safe to do and what is not safe in the welding industry.


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