The Pipefitting/Pipe Welding Program emphasizes steel welding. However, all students are expected to become proficient welders on nonferrous materials such as stainless steel alloys. The primary focus is on stick electrode welding and fitting skills. Students train on SMAW (stick electrode), GMAW (MIG), GTAW (TIG), as well as related tools and equipment common in the field. Students qualify for NCCER Pipefitting Certification in addition to AWS, API and ASME welder qualification certification requirements.
Central Arizona College Welding shops are equipped with state of the art cutting and welding equipment, including computerized plasma cutting machines for plate and pipe. Students are trained in a jobsite setting using specialized pipefitting tools and equipment in a real-world environment common to the industry.
NCCER= National Center for Construction Education and Research
The future for welding careers is bright. Certified, skilled welders are in high demand in the construction industry and in all petroleum/ energy related industries. Graduates of CAC’s Pipefitting/ Pipe Welding Program hold desirable jobs in a wide variety of work environments. Employers are always looking for highly trained welders and fitters especially those who are skilled with the unique and stringent requirements of the pipe trades.