Welding Technology

  • Instructor Dale Roberts | West Campus | CID Code 48.0508

    Welding is a profession that is needed from on top of the world’s tallest buildings to the depths of the ocean floor. Welding is used in many industries including construction, manufacturing, aerospace, petroleum, agriculture, and the military. This makes welding is an important part of the U.S. economy, and employers have a strong need for skilled welders.

    Students in the Welding program learn the welding standards established by the American Welding Society (AWS), using the latest equipment in a state-of-the-art lab. Welding at BCTC is also an AWS SENSE (School Excelling through National skill Standards Education) program.

    Students will learn to fabricate or repair metal using electric arc welding. Students also receive training in shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding, as well as oxyacetylene cutting/ welding. Students will also have hands-on experience using pulse welding technology and a CNC controlled plasma table to create projects.

    Emphasis is placed on the related skills of blueprint and welding symbol reading, as well as fabrication and layout procedures. Students use AWS blueprints to layout and fabricate modules to achieve an AWS SENSE certification.

    Graduates of this program can work in several areas of the welding field. Welding employment opportunities are very diverse and skilled welders may be able to choose from a variety of job prospects both nationally and internationally.

    Students may also pursue advanced studies at the post-secondary level in fields such as metallurgy, welding engineering technology, quality control and inspection.

    Career Pathways:

    Structural Metal Fabricator & Fitter
    Welder Cutter & Fitter
    Production Workers

    CAREER PATHWAYS CAN LEAD TO:*

    Certified Welding Inspector
    Welding Engineer
    Welding Instructor
    Quality Control/Quality Assurance Technician

    *Requires post-secondary training.

Welding Technology
  • Industry Certifications:

    Certified Welder (AWS)
    Level I - Entry Welder (AWS)
    NCCER Core
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification

    College Advanced Credits:

    Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg - Up to 11 credits
    Northampton County Area Community College - Up to 9 credits
    Pennsylvania College of Technology - Up to 12 credits
    Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology - Up to 9 credits
    Triangle Tech – Bethlehem - Up to 14 credits

    Program Requirements/Costs

    There are specific costs for textbooks, tools, supplies, uniforms, certifications; and for some programs, medical and criminal clearances that students are obligated to pay upon acceptance. These costs change annually.

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    ο Reading at grade level
    o Algebra I or Geometry
    o Problem-solving/ troubleshooting skills
    o Ability to work independently and in a team
    o Hand-eye coordination
    o Mechanical aptitude