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 Technology program are:

  1. Graduates will be well versed in both traditional welding technologies, including all major arc welding processes and the newest advancements in CNC and fabrication equipment. 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 their ability to lead within a team.
  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. Graduates will also recognize that a properly set-up process, procedure and technique produces quality welds, and quality welds keep people safe.
  5. Leadership Abilities – Graduates will understand the role of the worker and lead by example. They will be well versed in how to be a productive member of a team and work towards helping others understand the important details of the welding processes. Graduates will be comfortable teaching others and presenting welding and fabrication related information.
  6. Passion for the Trade – Graduates will be actively involved in welding technology and fabrication, and will find an area of expertise related to: assembly design; material weldability; welding procedure specification execution; welding process selection and implementation; training of welders; destructive and non-destructive examination; or welding automation and offline-programming.

Program Goals/Student Outcomes

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate safe welding practices in the field and the shop. 
  • demonstrate the skills of an entry-level welder using oxy-fuel, electric, and inert gas shielded methods.
  • distinguish the types of welding power sources and their characteristics, uses, and limitations.
  • inspect welding jobs using visual, destructive, and non-destructive testing methods.
  • construct weldments from sketches, blueprints, or verbal instructions.
  • select the proper welding process based on characteristics of material as well as cost considerations.
  • test and identify the physical and mechanical properties of metals, as related to weldability.
  • follow welding qualification tests/procedures according to specifications of the AWS, API, and ASME codes.
  • demonstrate the ability to operate and program automated cutting and welding equipment.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Academic Year Total Enrollment
Fall Semester
Academic Year
2015/16 112 33
2016/17 122 33
2017/18 123 29
2018/19 101 32
2019/20 90 28
2020/21 91 N/A

Contact information

Pennsylvania College of Technology
DIF 119

One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701