Effective Fall 2022

The Welding and Fabrication Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree is designed for the student who has a passion for not only welding, but how welding works. This program has the same hands-on welding component as the welding associate degree and welding certificate. The second two years focus on the many different skill-sets needed to be a well-rounded engineering technologist. This degree dives deep into the world of welding, and then branches out to expose the student to many other facets that are involved with and are affected by welding. From design for welding to continuous improvement of systems, students enter industry and have an immediate impact. Graduates of this program will be able to perform basic fabrication as well as set-up, weld and troubleshoot most manual and automated operations, design welding systems, address manufacturing and welding related problems, provide training on welding operations and function as a liaison between upper management and the shop floor.

Career Opportunities

Penn College has partnered with some of today’s leading companies in the welding industry to provide an education in welding and fabrication engineering technology that is second to none. With the only electron beam welding (EBW) machine at an educational institution in the U.S., a vast array of robot and welding power supply equipment, and our minor in non-destructive testing, Penn College provides more technological and industrial diversity than anyone else. Regardless of whether students are interested in automotive, aerospace, nuclear, or heavy fabrication, the Penn College welding department prepares graduates to work on equipment that is used every day in the welding industry. Possible job titles include: welding engineer, welding technician, manufacturing engineer, process engineer, project manager, quality engineer, and many more.

Welding and Fabrication Engineering Technology graduates find work in the following industries: aerospace, automotive, aviation, construction/fabrication, entrepreneurship, non- destructive evaluation and inspection, nuclear and power generation, oil and gas, and vocational instruction (career center and collegiate).

Special Equipment Needs

See program Tool List for major.

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in math. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy).

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to
  • apply knowledge of industrial safety standards to both field and factory environments.
  • demonstrate knowledge in welding, welding automation, principles of fabrication, and process integration.
  • design welding systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly defined engineering problems appropriate to the welding discipline.
  • apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, scientific principles and methodology, engineering, and technology to analyze and solve manufacturing problems with economic, technical, organizational, and design solutions.
  • function effectively as a team member as well as a leader on technical teams.
  • conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and analyze the results while developing solutions to material joining challenges using the characteristics of materials, industrial inspection techniques, welding processes, and manufacturing standards.
  • apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  • understand professional, ethical, and social responsibilities and their implications related to the level and practice of a welding engineering technologist in a global/social context.


First SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FYE101First Year Experience 1.50 1.50 SREQ
WEL132Flux Cored I 21 3 MREQ
WEL114Shielded Metal Arc I 21 3 MREQ
WEL136Flux Cored II 2 6 MREQ
WEL116Shielded Metal Arc II 2 6 MREQ
SAF110Occupational Health & Safety 22 MREQ
CSC124Information, Technology & Society 33 SREQ
MTH181College Algebra & Trigonometry I 32.50 1.50 SREQ
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
WEL120Gas Metal Arc I 21 3 MREQ
WEL123Gas Tungsten Arc I 21 3 MREQ
WEL124Gas Metal Arc II 2 6 MREQ
WEL129Gas Tungsten Arc II 2 6 MREQ
WEL102Welding Blueprint & Layout 32 3 MREQ
ENL111English Composition I 33 SREQ
MTH183College Algebra & Trigonometry II 32.50 1.50 SREQ
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
WEL211Advanced Semi-Automatic Processes I 21 3 MREQ
WEL221Shielded Metal Arc III 21 3 MREQ
WEL212Advanced Semi-Automatic Processes II 2 6 MREQ
WEL223Shielded Metal Arc V 2 6 MREQ
WEL240Basic CNC Programming 32 3 MREQ
ENL201Technical & Professional Communication 33 SREQ
MTH230Applied Calculus 33 SREQ
MTH240Calculus I 44 SREQ
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
WEL215Gas Tungsten Arc III 21 3 MREQ
WEL225Shielded Metal Arc IV/Pipe Welding 21 3 MREQ
WEL220Gas Tungsten Arc IV 2 6 MREQ
WEL227Shielded Metal Arc VI/Pipe Welding 2 6 MREQ
WEL252Welding Blueprint & Layout II 32 3 MREQ
QAL241Non-Destructive Testing I 32 3 MREQ
MSC106Introduction to Metallurgy 43 3 SREQ
Fifth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
SPCSpeech Elective 3 SSPC
WEL249Robotic Welding 31 6 MREQ
PHS115College Physics I 43 3 SREQ
DSG328Parametric Modeling & FEA Applications for Welders 32 3 MREQ
CDPCore Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective 3 SCDP
Sixth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
WEL401Industrial Project Support Systems 32 3 MREQ
DSG323Design Statics & Strength of Materials 33 MREQ
WEL302Advanced High Energy Density Processes 42 6 MREQ
QAL301NDT Quality Assurance 32 3 MREQ
OEAOpen Elective 3 SOEA
Seventh SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
WEL410Industrial Weld Design 32 3 MREQ
WEL400Fabrication of Alloys 32 3 MREQ
ELT302Industrial Electrical Systems 33 MREQ
MET321Engineering Ethics & Legal Issues 3Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
SSPCore Social Science Perspective 3 SSSP
Eighth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
WEL420Welding Codes & Procedures 32 3 MREQ
WEL495Welding Internship 1 MREQ
HIPCore Historical Perspective 3 SHIP
OEAOpen Elective 3 SOEA
ARPCore Arts Perspective 3 SARP
OEEExploration Elective 3 SOEE

Welding Core Courses: WEL 114 - WEL 239 are two-credit, eight week classes.

Additional Information

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