Welding & Metal Fabrication Technology

Instructor: Mr. Dave Rupert
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Instructor: Ms. Jayna Vicary
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CIP CODE: 48.0508

The Welding Technology Program prepares students for careers in welding, construction, and metal fabrication or continuing education at a post-secondary institution to prepare them to become welding inspectors and even welding engineers.

Program topics include:

  • Safe and proper use of welding equipment

  • Welding symbols

  • Reading detailed welding drawings

  • Base metal preparation

  • Fundamentals & techniques of shielded metal arc welding (SMAW)

  • Oxy-acetylene welding, brazing and cutting

  • Fundamentals& techniques of gas tungsten arc welding, plasma arc cutting, & quality fundamentals and technical gas metal arc welding.

  • Students have the opportunity to earn their CDL at a significantly reduced cost!

*If you wish to test for the AWS certification, the cost for the exam is above and beyond the cost of tuition. Please call for pricing.

Topics Covered:

  • Safety and Proper usage of all equipment

  • Oxy-Acetylene Welding (OAW)

  • Oxy-Acetylene Cutting (OAC)

  • Oxy-Acetylene Brazing (OAB)

  • Shield Metal Arc welding (SMAW)

  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GMAW)

  • Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC)

  • Fabrication and special welding procedure

  • Leadership and Job Skills

Salary Information:

Welding is a career that holds good potential for the future. Upon completion of the program, students are entry- level ready for the welding field or able to pursue post-secondary education. Certified Welders can achieve up to $30 per hour and are in demand.

Types of Welding Jobs Available Upon Graduation:

  • Arc Welder

  • Combination Welder

  • Fabricator

  • Bridge Builder

  • Pipeline Welder

Skills Needed:

All careers need certain qualities and/or skills to be productive. Students who succeed in this program possess the following  qualities:

  • Good eyesight

  • Hand-eye coordination

  • Manual dexterity

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Reading and math skills

College Credits available in Welding from:

  • Precision Manufacturing Institute

  • Pittsburgh Technical College

  • St. Francis University

  • Triangle Tech

  • Clarion University of PA

  • Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

  • PA College of Technology

  • Penn College

  • PA Highlands Community College

  • Excelsior College

  • Soar Credits

Adult Education Information

$7,200.00 – Includes books, View NOCTI & View OSHA Certification
Estimated expenses not included in tuition:
Criminal Record Check – $22.00
Child Abuse Clearance – $13.00
Federal Criminal History Record-$23.85
Uniforms (Jacket) – $30.00
Work Boots (leather) – $100.00
Welding Mask – $50.00
Gloves – $20.00
Goggles – $20.00
Cost of AWS certification TBD
$300.00 deposit that will go toward tuition

Academic Year:  9 months/900 hours
Start Date: August 
Schedule:  Monday-Friday,  8:00 am-2:30 pm

Book included in tuition
ISBN-13: 9780137924530
Welding, Level 1, 6th edition
Published by Pearson

ISBN-13: 9780134163109
Welding, Level 2, 5th edition
Published by Pearson