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BECOME A WELDER.
A welder joins metal parts using a tool that generates intense heat. A welder can also polish and smooth out metal surfaces they weld together. They will use either a computer to remotely control equipment or hand-held equipment to cut or join metal parts, fill a hole or fix seams in metal. A welder must be able to:
- · Study blueprints and calculate the dimensions of the metal they need to weld
- · Inspect materials or structures before welding
- · Monitor the metal to ensure it doesn’t overheat
- · Maintain the equipment they are working with
- · Control and monitor the flame and materials
- · Work in various positions to conjoin pieces of infrastructure
Through 2026, according to the State of Michigan’s Bureau of Labor Market Information, there will be about 1,520 annual openings (4 percent growth) for welders, cutters, solderers at a statewide at a wage range of $15-$21.
MCCC PROGRAM OPTIONS FOR THIS FIELD
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 college offers two levels of certificate programs in Welding. The basic certificate is oriented toward developing those skills required for entry level jobs in the welding field. The advanced certificate program is also a skills intensive program but takes students through higher-level skill proficiencies, utilizing additional welding procedures and applications. All courses taken in the certificate programs are applicable toward the associate of applied science degree.
The college also offers course work to prepare students to qualify for American Welding Society certification at entry and advanced levels of proficiency. In addition to verification of skill levels to national standards, AWS certification also includes nationwide registry in the AWS bank. Equivalencies to associate of applied science degree requirements in welding are available upon completion of the certifications. See the division dean or welding instructor for further details.
Transfer Opportunities: Bachelor's Degree
Although applied science and engineering technology programs are designed as career programs for entry into jobs after the completion of a certificate or associate degree, MCCC has transfer agreements with several universities. The University of Toledo, Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Lawrence Technological University, Michigan Technological University and Siena Heights University allow direct transfer of several of MCCC’s two-year applied science and engineering technology programs. MCCC students can complete a Siena Heights University applied science bachelor's degree right on the MCCC campus.
Many MCCC graduates earn a bachelor of engineering technology degree after receiving an associate of applied science degree from MCCC. Some students use their technical credits earned at MCCC as their area major in teacher education programs.
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