Accredited by the American Welding Society (AWS) test facility

(Effective Fall 2020)

The welding certificate offers practical skills, training, and welding with theory and practice in shielded metal arc welding, flux cored welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, advanced semi-automatic processes, pipe welding, robotic welding, advanced blueprint and layout, non-destructive testing and basic CNC programming.

Career Opportunities

Penn College has partnered with some of today’s leading companies in the welding industry to provide an education in welding technology that is second to none. With the only electron beam welding (EBW) machine at an educational institution in the U.S. and a vast array of robot and welding power supply equipment, 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. Possible job titles include: entry level welder, welder, apprentice, journeyman, CNC operator, robotic technician, and many more.

Recommended High School Subjects

Industrial arts or vocational welding or metalworking courses, introductory blueprint reading, and technical math.

Special Equipment Needs

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

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in English, math, and reading. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see 

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 common welding processes of various levels. 
  • 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.
  • follow welding qualification tests/procedures according to specifications of the AWS, API, and ASME codes.


First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
WEL132 Flux Cored I 2 1 3 M REQ
WEL114 Shielded Metal Arc I 2 1 3 M REQ
WEL136 Flux Cored II 2 6 M REQ
WEL116 Shielded Metal Arc II 2 6 M REQ
SAF110 Occupational Health and Safety 2 2 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
WEL120 Gas Metal Arc I 2 1 3 M REQ
WEL123 Gas Tungsten Arc I 2 1 3 M REQ
WEL124 Gas Metal Arc II 2 6 M REQ
WEL129 Gas Tungsten Arc II 2 6 M REQ
ENL010 Communications 3 3 S REQ
WEL102 Welding Blueprint and Layout 3 2 3 M REQ
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
WEL211 Advanced Semi-Automatic Processes I 2 1 3 M REQ
WEL221 Shielded Metal Arc III 2 1 3 M REQ
WEL212 Advanced Semi-Automatic Processes II 2 6 M REQ
WEL223 Shielded Metal Arc V 2 6 M REQ
WEL240 Basic CNC Programming 3 2 3 M REQ
QAL241 Non-Destructive Testing I 3 2 3 M REQ
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
WEL215 Gas Tungsten Arc III 2 1 3 M REQ
WEL225 Shielded Metal Arc IV/Pipe Welding 2 1 3 M REQ
WEL220 Gas Tungsten Arc IV 2 6 M REQ
WEL227 Shielded Metal Arc VI/Pipe Welding 2 6 M REQ
WEL249 Robotic Welding 3 1 6 M REQ
WEL252 Welding Blueprint and Layout 3 2 3 M REQ

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