About this program

From theory to practice, you’ll harness the latest technology and advanced industry-specific tools to perform flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). This skill-centric certificate program focuses on specialized career preparation, while still including a limited number of communications and math courses to support career growth.

4

Semesters

55,000+

Square Foot Facility

Extensive Hands-On Experience

Careers

  • Construction welding
  • Shipbuilding
  • Industrial & production welding
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Flux Cored I (WEL132)
  • Shielded Metal Arc I (WEL114)
  • Flux Cored II (WEL136)
  • Shielded Metal Arc II (WEL116)
  • Occupational Health and Safety (SAF110)
  • Gas Metal Arc I (WEL120)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc I (WEL123)
  • Gas Metal Arc II (WEL124)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc II (WEL129)
  • Welding Blueprint and Layout (WEL102)
  • Advanced Semi-Automatic Processes I (WEL211)
  • Shielded Metal Arc III (WEL230)
  • Advanced Semi-Automatic Processes II (WEL212)
  • Shielded Metal Arc V (WEL234)
  • Basic CNC Programming (WEL240)
  • Non-Destructive Testing I (QAL237)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc III (WEL213)
  • Shielded Metal Arc IV/Pipe Welding (WEL233)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc IV (WEL219)
  • Shielded Metal Arc VI Pipe Welding (WEL239)
  • Robotic Welding (WEL248)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Open Elective (OEA)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH124)
  • Communications (ENL010)
Facilities

Welding Lab

Get hands-on experience in specialized labs using industry-standard equipment just like you’ll see in the real world.

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

American Welding Society (AWS)

Being a part of the AWS allows students to network and learn and sharpen the skills needed for a successful career in the welding industry.

SkillsUSA

Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions. 

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

News
10.17.2019

Newswatch 16 visits ‘PA Build My Future’

​WNEP’s Chris Keating visited campus for Thursday’s PA Build My Future, filing a report on the second annual introduction ...

10.14.2019

College part of Chamber’s industry tour for educators

School counselors, along with career and technical educators, included Penn College on a Monday tour of the area’s ...

09.24.2019

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Soitaab, a leader in the metal cutting industry, is partnering with Pennsylvania College of Technology to place a Plasma NOVA ...

Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Penn College welding students cap unique remodeling project

Members of the college’s American Welding Society student chapter and faculty adviser recently volunteered their time and expertise to craft and install a 6-by-9-foot “tree of life” metallic sculpture at a former church.

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More Information

American Welding Society (AWS) Accredited Test Facility (ATF) and Sustaining Company Member

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Penn College offers American Welding Society (AWS) certification testing.

Tools

Students should review the Welding Tools & Supplies 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 supplies. 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 .

  • Mr. Richard A Conrad, Jr., '02, 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, '01, '03, Quality Engineer - Welding, Case New Holland
  • Mr. Dave Watson, Sales Engineer, Lincoln Electric
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Lee Dawson

SASC, Rm. 1082
800.367.9222 ext. 7308
ldawson@pct.edu