Welding Technology

  • Location: West Campus (Leesport)
    Dale Roberts | Michael Kline     
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    CIP Code: 48.0508

  • Program Entrance Recommendations:

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

    Career Pathways

    Structural Metal Fabricator & Fitter
    Welder Fitter
    Production Workers
    Certified Welding Inspector
    Welding Engineer
    Welding Instructor
    Quality Control/Quality Assurance Technician


Welding Technology

  • 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.  Due to this fact, 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.


    Industry Certifications

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

    Program Requirements/Costs (approximate):

    Please use the Order Supplies link for the approximate costs of the Textbooks, Tools & Supplies, and Uniforms for this program.

    Industry certification testing fees - $90*

    * BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.


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