By Grace Usher
Mohave Community College is preparing for its newest program on the Lake Havasu City campus.
The welding program debuted on the Neal Campus in Kingman and is now coming to Bullhead and Lake Havasu cities in the fall.
The award-winning program is aligned with the American Welding Society (AWS). The training and certifications are accredited for all pathways within the program. The program is a result of the SENSE (Schools Excelling through National Skill Standards Education) and NCCER (National Center for Construction Education & Research). These programs are known as Industrial Education.
The program focuses on the skill base and knowledge needed to pursue a career in the field of commercial welding. The official degree title is an Associate of Applied Science in Welding Technology. The AAS falls under the Career and Technical Education (CTE) umbrella.
Components of the program include:
- Oxy-acetylene welding and cutting
- Plasma cutting
- Carbon air arc cutting
- Shielded metal arc welding
- Gas metal arc welding
- Gas tungsten arc welding
- Flux core arc welding.
Along with the AAS degree, there are multiple certifications including:
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
- Wire Feed (GMAW/FCAW) Welding
- Entry Level I Welder
- Entry Level II Welder
The demanded for professional, certified welders is at an all-time high. The career pathway is said to have much upward mobility and a wide range of possible job opportunities.
The program will welcome its first Lake Havasu students in the Fall 2018 semester. The program will be housed in the former sculpture class in the 100 building, west of the main parking lot. The location features an outside lab area as well as an interior classroom for written assignments and presentations.
Registration is currently open for the Fall 2018 semester and classes are filling up quickly.
For more information, please visit:
Mohave Community College
1977 Acoma Blvd. West
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403