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Welding: Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Certificate Industrial & Trade Technology Total Units: 9
Term Effective: Fall 2022


The Welding: Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Certificate of Achievement prepares students for work in areas of ship building, bridges and building construction, pipeline construction, refrigeration, missile and aircraft construction, automobile and related industries where metal must be joined together. Developments in metallurgy have created many types of metals which require new techniques to join and fasten.

Skilled welders are in demand in Sonoma County. Possible job titles include: Welding Helper or Apprentice, Production Helpers, Welder, Welders and Cutters, Assembler/Production worker.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate use of mathematic skills, as needed, in the fabricating industry;
  2. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to safely use tools and equipment in a fabricating/welding shop;
  3. Identify the difference between ferrous and non-ferrous metals; and
  4. Demonstrate the ability to pass the American Welding Society Unlimited Structural Certification Test code D1.1 GMAW

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Welding: Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Certificate program are:

  • Complete 9 units from
    • Welding: GMAW Requirements

Welding: GMAW Requirements - complete 9.00 units
MACH 161Metallurgy3.00
WELD 102Introduction to Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)2.00
WELD 113Thermal Cutting Processes2.00
WELD 170Beginning Welding: Fundamentals of Arc and Gas Welding2.00

Term Effective: Fall 2022

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Previous Versions:

Welding: Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) - effective Fall 2020

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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