The associate of applied science degree with specialization in welding technology parallels the high technological demands in the joining and fabrication areas of manufacturing industries. The welding laboratory contains state-of-the-art equipment for Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), as well as multiple thermal cutting process applications. The subject matter and laboratory experiences in the welding technology program provide training for the serious welding technologist, with emphasis on welding skill development, welding metallurgy, weldment evaluation and testing, and related technical courses. A pathway to certification in nondestructive testing (NDT) is also available for students interested in weld inspection. Students can take individual NDT courses or pursue the entire certificate for additional credentials. The MCCC welding technology program articulates with Ferris State University’s four-year degree program.
Certificate programs are also available for students interested in rapid skills development with an accelerated pathway into the welding industry. MCCC offers both beginning and advanced welding certificates as well as offers AWS SENSE QC-10 and QC-11 welding process certifications. MCCC also has been a certified MDOT testing facility for the past five years.
Students are prepared for many welding-related careers and trades, including welding inspection, sales, service, design, maintenance and engineering. The college offers state and American Welding Society welder certification testing. Graduates of this programwill be prepared for entry-level employment in the following areas:
- Engineering technician
- Production welder
- Weld inspector
- Welding metallurgy technician
- Welding sales/service technician
- Demonstrate safe welding and thermal cutting practices.
- Perform cutting procedures using plasma and oxy-fuel techniques.
- Follow procedures to deposit sound welds using Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GTAW) processes.
- Describe American Welding Society (AWS) standards as well as industrial standards as they relate to welding.
- Identify and solve common weldability problems.
- Demonstrate the proper use and care of common welding equipment.
- Identify weld defects, explain methods to prevent defects, and demonstrate proper defect repair.
- Read prints and interpret welding symbols.
- Explain knowledge of basic material and welding metallurgy.