This curriculum offers practical skills, training, and welding with theory and practice in oxy-fuel welding, inert gas shielded metal arc welding, flux-core arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, non-destructive testing and quality assurance, and CNC plasma cutting.

Program Specs

  • Application/Major Code: WE view in catalog
  • School: Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies
  • Degree Type: Certificate
  • Total Credits: 59
Student and teacher interaction during welding lab instruction Non-destructive Testing – magnetic particle inspection Robotic Welding

After Graduation

Continue Education

Graduates of the WA major can continue their education and expand their job skills in the welding industry. The first two years of both the WA and BWE majors share a majority of the same courses, allowing for easy transfer into the four-year BWE degree without loss of credits.

Career Opportunities

Jobs are available in construction welding, shipbuilding, fitting, industrial and production welding.

Earnings

Natural Gas Distribution welders annual mean wage was $62,130 as of May 2013. (source)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers was $40,240 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $63,170.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only)64,280$19.35$40,250
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only)50,980$19.80$41,180
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only)21,470$19.12$39,770
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing20,000$18.84$39,180
Employment Services15,500$19.75$41,090

Statistics reported in May 2017

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

The four-year BWE major provides a unique opportunity for students enrolled in the WA associate's degree major to continue their education and expand job skills in the welding industry. The first two years of both the WA and BWE majors share a majority of the same courses, allowing for easy transfer into the four-year degree without loss of credits.

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Tools, Personal Protection Equipment & Supplies

Tools

Students should review the Welding Tools & Supplies list to determine what tools and supplies they will need to purchase. The Welding department realizes that some students may not need to purchase the entire list of supples. These students may contact the School Office for guidance in purchasing their supplies. The College Store can provide the complete kit.

Personal Protection Equipment

  • Leather work shoes (safety toes optional)
  • Safety glasses
  • Welding helmet with #10 lens
  • Cutting goggles with #5 lens
  • Welding jacket
  • Welding gloves (SMAW & GTAW)

Personal Protection Equipment and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Clubs & Activities

View the entire student organizations listing or Greek Life listing.

Welding Advisory Committee

  • Mr. Richard A Conrad, Jr., Field Application Engineer, Hobart/Miller Electric
  • Mr. Wayne A Leone, Welder Training & Testing for Susq. Nuclear Power Plant, PP&L
  • Mr. Dwight L Myers, Director of Marketing Filler Metals, ESAB Welding & Cutting Products
  • Mr. Michael Sebergandio, Quality Engineer - Welding, Case New Holland
  • Mr. Dave Watson, Sales Engineer, Lincoln Electric

Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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