Welding & Fabrication Engineering Technology

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Student framed in welding sculpture

About this program

With job opportunities across industries and around the globe, a degree in welding and fabrication will take you where you want to go. At Penn College, you’ll get hands-on training in specialized learning labs. Work alongside passionate and experienced instructors to hone in-demand technical skills. And learn everything from techniques and methods to problem solving skills.

97%

Overall Placement

55,000+

Square Foot Facility

46%

Hired BEFORE Graduation

Careers

  • Welding engineer
  • Designer engineer
  • Automation engineer
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)
  • 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)
  • Non-Destructive Testing I (QAL237)
  • NDT Quality Assurance (QAL301)
  • Parametric Modeling and FEA Applications for Welders (DSG328)
  • Industrial Processes (WEL301)
  • Statics & Strengths of Materials (CET275)
  • Engineering Ethics and Legal Issues (MET321)
  • Project Proposal Lecture (WEL494)
  • Industrial Weld Design (WEL410)
  • Fabrication of Alloys (WEL400)
  • Industrial Electrical Systems (ELT302)
  • Welding Codes and Procedures (WEL420)
  • Welding Internship (WEL495) or
  • Senior Welding Project (WEL496)

​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.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Introduction to Metallurgy (MSC106)
  • College Physics I (PHS115)
  • World History I (HIS116) or
  • World History II (HIS126)
  • Open Elective (OEA)
  • Humanities Elective (HUM) or
  • Social Science Elective (SSE) or
  • Art Elective (ART)
  • Foreign Language Elective (FOR) or
  • Applied Arts Elective (AAE) or
  • International Field Experience Elective (IFE)

​​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.

  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry II (MTH182)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Applied Calculus (MTH230) or
  • Calculus I (MTH240)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101)
Featured Video

Sculpting Success

Follow along as welding student Erin Beaver crafts an amazing entry for the 2019 SkillsUSA welding sculpture competition.

Student Experience

 

Her path from foster care to dean's list wasn't easy, but the outcome was worth the hard-fought perseverance.

 

Destiny Barto

Welding & Fabrication Engineering Technology

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Facilities

Cutting-Edge Equipment

Faculty recently trained on an electron beam welder to prepare for the arrival of such a unit. Penn College will be the first U.S.educational institution to feature an electron beam welder.

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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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 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
11.14.2019

State House speaker, colleagues tour campus labs

The speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was among state legislators who visited Penn College on Thursday ...

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 ...

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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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.

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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