Welding Technology (WA)

Accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS) test facility

(Effective Fall 2017)

This curriculum offers practical skills and theory in welding, quality assurance, welding design, robotic welding, CNC plasma cutting, and non-destructive testing, as well as the mathematics and language skills necessary to move into a technical or management career in the welding and fabrication industries.

Career Opportunities

Welding applications, welding technicians, welding supervisor, welding inspector, quality assurance and non-destructive testing, welding estimator, and engineering functions.

Recommended High School Subjects

Welding degree students would benefit from industrial or vocational welding or metalworking courses, blueprint reading or drafting, technical math or descriptive geometry.

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 ). Students should remediate any deficiencies prior to enrollment. It is recommended that students remediate deficiencies in the following order of priority: mathematics, English, reading.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate safe welding practices in the field and the shop. 
  • demonstrate the skills of an entry-level welder using oxy-fuel, electric, and inert gas shielded methods.
  • distinguish the types of welding power sources and their characteristics, uses, and limitations.
  • inspect welding jobs using visual, destructive, and non-destructive testing methods.
  • construct weldments from sketches, blueprints, or verbal instructions.
  • select the proper welding process based on characteristics of material as well as cost considerations.
  • test and identify the physical and mechanical properties of metals, as related to weldability.
  • follow welding qualification tests/procedures according to specifications of the AWS, API, and ASME codes.
  • demonstrate the ability to operate and program automated cutting and welding equipment.


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  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
WEL102 Welding Blueprint and Layout 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  
MSC106 Introduction to Metallurgy 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  
QAL237 Non-Destructive Testing I 3  
WEL248 Robotic Welding 3  
SSE Social Science 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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