Welding and Fabrication Engineering Technology (BWE)

Accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS) test facility

(Effective Fall 2019)

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.

Career Opportunities

Jobs are available in research, inspection, teaching, consulting, management, construction, production, power generation.

Recommended High School Subjects

A strong background in high school math and sciences is desirable. An awareness of computer science equipment and software also is desired.

Special Equipment Needs

Students will be required to have the tools listed on the welding website.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in this online catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting ). They should do so prior to enrollment and in the following order of priority: mathematics, English, reading. It is required that students who test into MTH 004 enter the (WA) major and after their deficiencies are remediated, transfer into the (BWE) major.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • apply knowledge of industrial safety standards to both field and factory environments.
  • demonstrate proficiency in welding, welding automation, principles of fabrication, and process integration.
  • develop solutions to material joining problems using knowledge of the characteristics of materials, industrial inspection techniques, material joining processes, and manufacturing standards.
  • analyze and solve manufacturing problems of an economic, technical, organizational, and design variety, using scientific principles and methodology. 
  • understand professional, ethical, and social responsibilities and their implications related to the practice of welding engineering technology in a global/social context.
  • contribute to an industrial design team in the design, redesign, and upgrade of products to achieve improved manufacturability, aesthetics, and functions.
  • interpret and use organizational, economic, and managerial techniques to promote profit, product, and service quality.


First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
WEL132 Flux Cored I 2  
WEL114 Shielded Metal Arc I 2  
WEL136 Flux Cored II 2  
WEL116 Shielded Metal Arc II 2  
SAF110 Occupational Health and Safety 2  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
Second Semester Credits
WEL120 Gas Metal Arc I 2  
WEL123 Gas Tungsten Arc I 2  
WEL124 Gas Metal Arc II 2  
WEL129 Gas Tungsten Arc II 2  
WEL102 Welding Blueprint and Layout 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
Third Semester Credits
WEL211 Advanced Semi-Automatic Processes I 2  
WEL230 Shielded Metal Arc III 2  
WEL212 Advanced Semi-Automatic Processes II 2  
WEL234 Shielded Metal Arc V 2  
WEL240 Basic CNC Programming 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
MTH230 Applied Calculus 3  
MTH240 Calculus I 4  
Fourth Semester Credits
WEL213 Gas Tungsten Arc III 2  
WEL233 Shielded Metal Arc IV/Pipe Welding 2  
WEL219 Gas Tungsten Arc IV 2  
WEL239 Shielded Metal Arc VI Pipe Welding 2  
WEL248 Robotic Welding 3  
QAL237 Non-Destructive Testing I 3  
MSC106 Introduction to Metallurgy 4  
Fifth Semester Credits
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3  
QAL301 NDT Quality Assurance 3  
PHS115 College Physics I 4  
DSG328 Parametric Modeling and FEA Applications for Welders 3  
HIS116 World History I 3  Cultural Diversity Requirement
HIS126 World History II 3  Cultural Diversity Requirement
Sixth Semester Credits
WEL301 Industrial Processes 3  
CET275 Statics & Strengths of Materials 4  
MET321 Engineering Ethics and Legal Issues 3  Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
WEL494 Project Proposal Lecture 2  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
OEA Open Elective 3  
Seventh Semester Credits
WEL410 Industrial Weld Design 3  
WEL400 Fabrication of Alloys 3  
ELT302 Industrial Electrical Systems 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
Eighth Semester Credits
WEL420 Welding Codes and Procedures 3  
WEL495 Welding Internship 1  
WEL496 Senior Welding Project 1  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  

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.


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