Welding and Fabrication Engineering Technology is structured to support welding and joining operations where engineers pass plans and projects to mid-management personnel who must carry out the planning, organization, and delivery of manufacturing projects. Emphasis is on developing skills needed to lead projects and interface with engineering and development teams. Students have the opportunity to prepare for careers in mid-management and supervisory positions, as well as technical positions, sales, service, or research.
Graduates of the Welding Technology associate degree (WA) can transfer into the Welding and Fabrication Engineering bachelor degree (BWE) without losing any credits.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for employment in the natural gas industry.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
Jobs are available in research, inspection, teaching, consulting, management, construction, production, power generation.
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 materials engineers was $94,610 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $149,860.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing||3,340||$54.64||$113,660|
|Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services||3,030||$43.61||$90,720|
|Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing||2,390||$53.60||$111,490|
|Scientific Research and Development Services||2,140||$52.03||$108,230|
|Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only)||1,400||$50.89||$105,860|
Statistics reported in May 2017
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 two-year WA major to continue their education and expand job skills in the welding industry. The first two years of both majors share a majority of the same courses, allowing for easy transfer into the four-year degree without loss of credits.
Tools, Personal Protection Equipment & Supplies
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.
Clubs & Activities
American Welding Society (AWS)
SkillsUSA Champions at Work
Welding Advisory Committee
- 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
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.