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Program Overview

MCC Campus(es): MCC-Penn Valley
Program Coordinator: Aaron Gibbs 816.604.5246

MCC-Penn Valley is certified as an American Welding Society training facility.

American Welding Society.

The American Welding Society (AWS) determines industry standards for welding and is recognized worldwide. The AWS Level I and Level II curriculum has been implemented in all welding classes.  These changes will better prepare our students for AWS certification and expand their career prospects.


We teach shielded metal arc welding, MIG welding, TIG welding, pipe welding, flame cutting and plasma cutting. Your coursework will include interpreting blueprints, electrical fundamentals, welding metallurgy and American Welding Society electrode classifications.

You will use equipment and techniques used in the industry and build a foundation to enter the workforce. Our programs prepare students for AWS Level 1 and Level 2 certification.

Degree and Certificate Offered

MCC-Penn Valley offers three job ready certificates, an Associate in Applied Science in Welding and Management, as well as continuing education classes. The links below redirect to the academic catalog.

Creating Opportunities:

Meet Whitney

This Veteran took advantage of her opportunities at MCC's welding program while using a grant-funded initiative. Read Whitney's success story.

Meet Gilbert

Gilbert Stallings was looking for a place he could call home. He found it in the MCC-Business & Technology welding program. Gilbert had a job lined up before finishing his degree and currently works at American Steel Works. Read Gilbert's success story.

What you'll learn

You will learn to set up and operate welding equipment and to use manual welding and thermal-cutting equipment to weld or cut metal components.

What you'll learn and where you'll work

You can work as a welder, fabricator, maintenance welder, MIG/TIG welder, inspector, manager, salesperson, engineer, pipefitter and much more. Our alumni work at construction companies, manufacturing companies, small businesses and maintenance companies.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I begin classes?
Spring, summer, or fall semester.

Will my credits transfer to other colleges or universities?
Yes, check with an Academic Advisor for more information.

How much does it cost?
MCC is a great value. Our tuition is one of the lowest in the area - about 1/3 that of public four-year schools and a tiny fraction of private colleges. We offer many ways to pay plus a tuition payment plan to make it even easier to afford college.

Can the skills I've developed on the job count toward my certificate or degree?
Yes, you can test out of certain courses. We offer credit for select federally approved apprenticeship programs.

What does it take to succeed in this work?
Some of the personal characteristics needed for this career:

  • Physical ability: Must be able to climb, carry, bend and physically maneuver to complete work assignments.
  • Attention to detail: Focus and thoroughness on details to complete work assignments.
  • Dependability: A responsible, reliable and dependable person to fulfill obligations.
  • Self control: Individuals must be calm, focused and composed even in adverse situations. Must be able to control emotions, anger and aggressive behavior.
  • Independence: Working with little or no supervision. Individuals must depend on themselves to complete job tasks.
  • Stress tolerance: The ability to accept criticism and be able to deal rationally with stressful situations.
  • Achievement/effort: Having the drive and ambition to meet personally challenging goals and putting effort into mastering job tasks.
  • Persistence: The ability to stick with difficult job tasks in the face of adversity to fulfill work assignments.
  • Cooperation: A positive, pleasant attitude in order to succeed in a team environment.
  • Analytical thinking: Problem-solving and logical skills in analyzing work-related issues and troubleshooting.

Are there other advantages to the welding certificate and degree program?

  • Welders are well rewarded for their knowledge, skill and experience.
  • Skilled and knowledgeable welders are in high demand according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Many job openings stem from retirements within the field - welders enjoy stable employment.
  • Experienced instructors bring real-world experience to the classroom

Which companies hire program graduates?

  • Construction companies
  • Fabrication and manufacturing companies
  • Small businesses
  • Self-employed

Industrial welders work in a wide range of locations. A large number of welders travel about metropolitan areas servicing equipment at customer locations.

What are the advantages of taking classes at MCC?
You'll experience a very hands-on and interactive learning environment. Classes are small for personal instruction. You'll get dedicated instructors and excellent student services--all at an affordable cost.

  • Our classes combine instructor-led and online learning with hands-on lab work.
  • Industry professionals teach convenient evening classes.
  • Employers love to hire our graduates.

Still have questions? Contact Aaron Gibbs 816.604.5246

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