Automated Industrial Technology (AAS)

Automated Industrial Technology (AAS)


Automated Industrial Technology, AAS & Certificates



As part of the ReadyTechGo network of Arizona colleges equipping students with the skills needed to perform high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, CAC offers a flexible Automated Industrial Technology (AIT) program.

The program provides students with the skills needed to install, program, and maintain the complex control systems used in automated assembly lines at major Arizona employers, such as Boeing and Raytheon. AIT courses build upon one another. So, you could be job-ready in as little as two weeks with your first certification. Then, continue your education, completing additional certifications and earning your associate degree in two years.

Program Information

Advanced Industrial Technology (AIT) Program

Signal Peak Campus

The Advanced Industrial Technology pathway prepares students to install, adjust, troubleshoot, and repair a variety of industrial machinery used in manufacturing settings.  Students gain high-tech skills related to electrical, electronics, mechanics, and computerized systems.

 Topics covered in this program include:

  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Troubleshooting skills
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
  • Fabrication
  • Hydraulics/Pneumatics
  • Welding

Program competencies are based on NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills). Courses include hands on-real world applications and are offered online, hybrid and face to face.  The job outlook for this career is projected to grow 16% from 2014 to 2024 which is much faster than the average growth for all occupations (BLS, U.S. DOL, Occupational Outlook Handbook).  The increased adoption of sophisticated manufacturing machinery is driving this projected growth.

Diesel Technology (AAS)

Diesel Technology (AAS)

Diesel Technology (AAS)

Diesel Technology, AAS & Certificate



Prepares students for employment as diesel technicians with an array of career opportunities within the industry. A typical graduate will seek employment with an equipment dealer, equipment rental company or a heavy highway construction company. Students receive training applicable for serving and repairing all types of diesel equipment. The AAS Diesel Technology program is the longest running program in Arizona with highly skilled instructors.

Program Information

The Diesel Technology AAS Degree prepares students for employment as diesel technicians with an array of career opportunities within the industry. A typical graduate will seek employment with an equipment dealer, equipment rental company, or a heavy highway construction company. Students receive training applicable for serving and repairing all types of diesel equipment.

Excavator machinery at construction site

Heavy Equipment Operator (AAS)

Heavy Equipment Operator (AAS)

Heavy Equipment Operator, AAS & Certificates



In this hands-on program, students will be operating motor graders, scrapers, front end loaders, bull dozers, water trucks, dump trucks, belly dump trucks, backhoes, excavators and other specialized equipment. The equipment in our fleet gives the student a feel for up-to-date equipment and for older equipment still used in the industry.

Program Information

In this hands-on program, students will be operating motor graders, scrapers, front end loaders, bulldozers, water trucks, dump trucks, belly dump trucks, backhoes, excavators and other specialized equipment. The equipment in our fleet gives the student a feel for up-to-date equipment and for older equipment still used in the industry.

  • Heavy Equipment Operator A.A.S. Degree
  • Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate

Pipe Welding Student

Pipe Welding (AAS)

Pipe Welding (AAS)

Pipefitting/Pipe Welding Technology, AAS & Certificates



Prepares students for employment as an entry level pipe welder/fitter with an array of career opportunities within the industry. Topics include pipe welding processes of shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, pipe fabrication, and trade math. A typical graduate seeks employment in power generation, cross-country pipeline, pressure vessel fabrication, process piping, and related maintenance and construction industries.

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.

Note:

NCCER= National Center for Construction Education and Research

AWS= American Welding Society

API= American Petroleum Institute

ASME= American Society of Mechanical Engineers

SMAW= Shielded Metal Arc Welding

GMAW= Gas Metal Arc Welding

GTAW= Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

Structural Welding Student

Structural/Fabrication Welding (AAS)

Structural/Fabrication Welding (AAS)

Structural Welding Technology, AAS & Certificates



Prepares students for employment as an entry level welder/fabricator with an array of career opportunities within the industry. Topics include quality control, thermal cutting processes, Flux cored Arc welding with gas, Flux-cored Arc welding without gas, and using engine driven welding machines with portable semi-automatic wire feeders. Students will learn structural fabrication and introduction to steel erection through various projects. A typical graduate seeks employment in mining, steel fabrication, and steel erection industries.

Program Information

Central Arizona College is Arizona’s premier structural steel welding and fabrication training center. We offer two college certificates and a two-year Associates degree in Structural Welding Technology. During your time spent in the program, you will also have the opportunity to obtain industry welding certifications and industry training certifications through NCCER. The Structural Welding Degree prepares students for employment as a welder/fabricator with an array of career opportunities within the industry. Topics include Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Flux Cored Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, welding design and fabrication, detail drawing, and CAD skills. A typical graduate finds employment in mining, steel fabrication, steel erection, aerospace, manufacturing, and other industries.

We bring real-world scenarios with a working job-site environment to give full exposure to what the Structural Welding trade feels like. Students will weld on I-beams and H-columns as they would do in a structural fabrication shop; then erect those beams and columns as if they were on the job site. Our instructors are Certified Welding Inspectors, as well as Certified Welding Educators through the American Welding Society with years of welding industry experience to bring top of the line learning to our students.