Welding Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Welding student

About this program

From manufacturing and construction to artistic exploration, welding is a craft that crosses industry lines. At Penn College, you’ll be part of a community of creators. Mastering practical skills to take on in-demand careers in this thriving field. Here, you’ll explore theories. Challenge and test concepts. And apply skills, methods, and techniques in advanced learning labs using tools and technology just like you’ll find in the field.

92%

Overall Placement Rate

Seamless Associate-to-Bachelor Degree Pathway

Global Opportunities

Careers

  • Welding technician
  • Welding supervisor
  • Welding inspector
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Flux Cored I (WEL132)
  • Shielded Metal Arc I (WEL114)
  • Flux Cored II (WEL136)
  • Shielded Metal Arc II (WEL116)
  • Gas Metal Arc I (WEL120)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc I (WEL123)
  • Gas Metal Arc II (WEL124)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc II (WEL129)
  • Welding Blueprint and Layout (WEL102)
  • Advanced Semi-Automatic Processes I (WEL211)
  • Shielded Metal Arc III (WEL230)
  • Advanced Semi-Automatic Processes II (WEL212)
  • Shielded Metal Arc V (WEL234)
  • Basic CNC Programming (WEL240)
  • Introduction to Metallurgy (MSC106)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc III (WEL213)
  • Shielded Metal Arc IV/Pipe Welding (WEL233)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc IV (WEL219)
  • Shielded Metal Arc VI Pipe Welding (WEL239)
  • Non-Destructive Testing I (QAL237)
  • Robotic Welding (WEL248)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Social Science Elective (SSE)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Occupational Health and Safety (SAF110)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
Facilities

Welding Lab

Get hands-on experience in specialized labs using industry-standard equipment just like you’ll see in the real world.

Student Experience

"The most satisfying part is that you're taking something from nothing and creating whatever you want from it. This is exactly what I want to do. I love this."

Natalie Rhoades

Welding & Fabrication Engineering Technology

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

American Welding Society (AWS)

Being a part of the AWS allows students to network and learn and sharpen the skills needed for a successful career in the welding industry.

SkillsUSA

Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions. 

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

News
09.16.2019

Penn College adds Fronius equipment for expanded facility

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s expanded welding instructional facility will include new equipment, thanks to a continuing ...

09.05.2019

Student interaction among highlights of legislative visit

State Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), the second-highest ranking member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, visited ...

08.26.2019

College among regional assets touted for industrial visitors

Site selectors for business and industry, who arrived in Williamsport late last week for a four-day assessment of the region& ...

Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Let the competition begin!

Our all-women welding team brought home the gold at the recent SkillsUSA competition.  

Check out their story

More Information

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

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Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

Penn College offers American Welding Society (AWS) certification testing.

Tools

Students should review the Welding Tools & Supplies to determine what tools and supplies they will need to purchase. The Welding department realizes that some students may not need to purchase the entire list of supplies. These students may contact the School Office for guidance in purchasing their supplies. The College Store can provide the complete kit.

Personal Protection Equipment

  • Leather work shoes (safety toes optional)
  • Safety glasses
  • Welding helmet with #10 lens
  • Cutting goggles with #5 lens
  • Welding jacket
  • Welding gloves (SMAW & GTAW)

Personal Protection Equipment and tools are available for purchase through The College Store .

  • Mr. Richard A Conrad, Jr., '02, Field Application Engineer, Hobart/Miller Electric
  • Mr. Wayne A Leone, Welder Training & Testing for Susq. Nuclear Power Plant, PP&L
  • Mr. Dwight L Myers, Director of Marketing Filler Metals, ESAB Welding & Cutting Products
  • Mr. Michael Sebergandio, '01, '03, Quality Engineer - Welding, Case New Holland
  • Mr. Dave Watson, Sales Engineer, Lincoln Electric
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Lee Dawson

SASC, Rm. 1082
800.367.9222 ext. 7308
ldawson@pct.edu