The welding technology program at Allan Hancock College is a great way to start your
career in the challenging, dynamic and adaptive field of welding and metalworking.
In the industry, welding professionals continuously apply new knowledge and scientific
principles to a form of fabrication that is sometimes described more as an art than
as a craft. There are a vast number of opportunities available to job seekers in mainstream
welding and various auxiliary fields.
Our curriculum covers everything from basic to advanced welding to metal fabrication
and pipe welding. Safety protocols are strongly emphasized with more advanced welding
techniques such as hand cutting and semiautomatic cutting being taught upon the foundation
of safety. Metalworking as it is used in the arts i.e. sculpture, ornamental iron,
blacksmithing and garden art are also offered.
Our program provides training in essential manipulative skills and technical knowledge
in the areas of:
- Oxyacetylene welding
- Brass brazing
- Flame cutting
- Electric arc processes:
- Shielded metal arc welding
- Gas metal arc (G.M.A.W.) welding
- Gas tungsten arc (T.I.G.) welding
- Ferrous and non-ferrous metals
The associate degree and certificate curriculum in welding technology is designed
to provide comprehensive occupational training in all common types of welding methods as related to today's welding fabrication
industries. Upon degree/certificate completion you will have mastered the techniques
used in modern welding and metalwork.
Certification tests may be taken as part of your certificate/degree completion.
For more information on available certifications, refer to our Industry Links page.
Industrial Technology Department, Building O
Phone: 805-922-6966 ext. 3335
Classes offered day and evening, Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters
Industrial Technology office hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Office closed in July.
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Science Instructor, PVHS
One of the obstacles that I had to overcome was breaking the language barrier. Another obstacle I faced was financial hardship. As I completed my classes at AHC, I had to work in many part-time jobs such as a math/science tutor for the college tutoring center, night shift clerk for a local grocery store and vegetable cooling. Also, the MESA program and the STEM Center, not only supported me academically through resources such as access to books and computers, but also through working with students with interest in mathematics, science and engineering.
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Video: Welding Tech students Christian, Will, and Nelson, enjoy working in welding
lab and learning on the job skills.