Welding & Metal Fabrication Technology

Instructor: Mr. Dave Rupert

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! Click here for more details.

*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 two-year 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, NOCTI & 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 9781305494695
Welding: Principals and Applications
Larry Jeffus