The Welding Technology Program prepares students for careers in the welding industry by focusing on incremental levels of competency based training. In addition to welding safety practices, the individual will be introduced to the common welding processes used throughout many parts of the industry such as SMAW (Stick welding), GMAW (MIG welding), FCAW (Flux cored arc welding), GTAW (TIG welding) and Oxy-fuel cutting. Included is instruction in blue print reading, weld symbol interpretation, basic metallurgy, weld quality, base metal preparation, and joint fit-up and alignment. Instruction also includes machine set-up, filler material selections and basic equipment maintenance. The program starts with plate and structural welding progressing to pipe and tubing configurations which prepares the student for a broad array of industry sectors such as pipeline, shipyard, power plant, buildings, bridges and aerospace applications. Courses meet two and a half hours per day, Monday through Friday. This program is located at WestMEC Central Campus, 6997 N. Glen Harbor Blvd., Glendale, AZ 85307 and West-MEC Southwest Campus, 500 N. Verrado Way, Buckeye, AZ 85326.