Welcome to Mingus WElding

Welcome to the Home page of the Mingus Welding Program. Here you will find information about the Mingus Welding Classes, Mr. Lamer's Advisory Class, The Mingus Welding Club, and Mr. Lamer himself.


The Mingus Welding Program uses curriculum developed by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). This program allows students to earn industry certifications during the course of the welding program. Think of it like a resume of the training they have received.

NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance curriculum and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s Registry System that allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. NCCER's Registry System also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.

NCCER’s workforce development process of accreditation, instructor certification, standardized curriculum, registry, assessment and certification is a key component in the industry’s workforce development efforts. NCCER also drives multiple initiatives to enhance career development and recruitment efforts for the industry, primarily through its Build Your Future initiative.

Dual Enrollment

The Mingus Union High School is a dual enrollment welding program with Yavapai College. Students that complete all four years of the Mingus High School Welding program will have the opportunity to earn up to 28 credits from Yavapai College.

In the second semester of first year Welding 1 class, Mingus students will be enrolled in Yavapai colleges WLD 130 Oxy-Acetylene welding class. Earning 4 college credits by the end of the first year of the program.

Second year Welding 2 students will be enrolled in the WLD 140 SMAW Basic class in the first semester. The following semester the Welding 2 students will be enrolled in the colleges WLD 145 Advanced SMAW class. Completing both semesters will give Mingus Welding students 8 more Yavapai College credits.

Welding 3 students will be enrolled in the Yavapai College WLD 210 Wire Feeds class during the first semester. Second semester Mingus students will be in the WLD 156 Blue Print Reading class. Welding students will earn another 8 credits for completing the third year of the Mingus Welding Program.

Students that successfully complete the first three years of the program will also earn two Yavapai College Certificates. Mingus students will have meet the requirements of Yavapai’s Structural Welding Certificate and Gas Metal Arc Welding Certificate.

The fourth and final year of the Mingus Welding program has two more dual enrollment courses. During the first semester students will be in the WLD 200 GTAW class. Followed by the colleges WLD 250 Welded Metal Fabrication class. Earning an additional 8 credits from the college.

Students completing the 4th year of the Mingus program will earn the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding certificate from Yavapai college. They will also be just one class short of earning Yavapai colleges last remaining certificate for Pipe Welding.

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