Program Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives describe the career and professional accomplishments that graduates, after several years of experience, are prepared to achieve.

The educational objectives of the Welding and Fabrication Engineering Technology program are:

  1. Technical Proficiency – Graduates will be well versed in both traditional welding technologies, as well as the newest advancements in high-energy density and specialized welding processes. Math and science will be cornerstones for experimenting, testing, data analysis and problem solving with commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
  2. Interpersonal Skills – Graduates will be effective in their communication to ensure that they are relaying a clear message, will respect the viewpoints of others, and will be effective listeners when working as a member of a team.
  3. Professionalism – Graduates will display a strong work ethic and an attention to detail. In addition, graduates will exhibit personal and professional growth through their commitment to lifelong learning, as evidenced by professional society certification(s) and/or graduate studies.
  4. Awareness of Societal Impact – Graduates will be aware that their workplace decisions will impact the global community. With an ethical approach to their decision-making, our graduates will be empathetic to others and contribute to the greater global good.
  5. Leadership Abilities – Graduates will understand management’s role in empowering and enabling workers. They will be well versed in project management techniques, intrinsic worker motivation, team-building, and be comfortable teaching and presenting welding, fabrication, and manufacturing related information.
  6. Passion for the Trade – Graduates will be actively involved in welding engineering technology and find an area of expertise related to: weldment design; material selection; welding procedure development and qualification; welding process selection and implementation; welding capital equipment development and system integration; weld quality monitoring and process control; destructive and non-destructive examination; welding automation and offline-programming; or weld consulting.

Program Goals/Student Outcomes

A graduate of this major should be able to
  • apply knowledge of industrial safety standards to both field and factory environments.
  • demonstrate knowledge in welding, welding automation, principles of fabrication, and process integration.
  • design welding systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly defined engineering problems appropriate to the welding discipline.
  • apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, scientific principles and methodology, engineering, and technology to analyze and solve manufacturing problems with economic, technical, organizational, and design solutions.
  • function effectively as a team member as well as a leader on technical teams.
  • conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and analyze the results while developing solutions to material joining challenges using the characteristics of materials, industrial inspection techniques, welding processes, and manufacturing standards.
  • apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  • understand professional, ethical, and social responsibilities and their implications related to the level and practice of a welding engineering technologist in a global/social context.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Academic Year Total Enrollment
Fall Semester
Academic Year
2015/16 185 40
2016/17 198 42
2017/18 204 56
2018/19 224 55
2019/20 203 34
2020/21 185 N/A

Contact information

Pennsylvania College of Technology
DIF 119

One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701