Get in the pipeline.
In Western Pennsylvania, the demand for new welders is increasing as seasoned pros retire and commercial construction remains strong. 98% of our available Associate degree Welding alumni are working in their field.*
“PTC’s Welding Technology program is above and beyond any others. The certifications I received helped build a resume that stands out. Completing the associate degree helped me make a seamless transition to a great career."
Roy H., 2016 Welding graduate
Connect to a bright future.
Shell is investing billions of dollars in a new ethane cracker plant just up the road in Beaver County that will eventually employ hundreds of workers. But it’s already creating thousands of construction jobs—and they need hundreds of trained workers to weld the plant’s miles of pipes. That’s just one example of the boom in local construction that’s creating opportunities for welders.
In PTC’s associate degree program in Welding Technology, you’ll start with the fundamentals, then move on to advanced pipe welding and plate welding, as well as SMAW, GMAW, and GTAW pipe welding. And you’ll do all that learning in a lab that features 36 welding booths with 24 oxy acetylene stations.
But it’s not just about developing hard skills. On your way to a real-world internship where you’ll hone your craft, you’ll also build the critical thinking, human relations and communications skills you’ll need for a successful career.
Welding in the downhill and uphill position.
Welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
High-pressure tube welding.
MIG, TIG, and Arc welding.
Flux core welding.
Our Welding Technology grads are working in the field in a range of roles including:
Flux core welder
Employers of PTC Graduates**
You won’t be alone in your job search. Our Career Services staff has helped our grads start their careers with employers like:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Steamfitters Local 449
The Associate in Science, Welding consists of seven quarters. For course descriptions, visit our catalog.
Steps to Career Success 1
Gas Welding Plate & Pipe
Metal Cutting & Fabrication
Blueprint Reading & Symbols
General SMAW Practices (Equipment and Electrode ID)
General Exotic Metals
Principles of Writing
English Composition 1
Steps to Career Success 2
SMAW Pipe Welding
Advanced Plate Welding
English Composition 2
Gas Metal Arc Welding
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
AWS Sense MIG & TIG Prep
Flux Core Inner & Outer Shield
Advanced Pipe Welding
Exotic Metals Advanced
Human Relations in Organizations
GMAW Pipe Welding
GTAW Pipe Welding
Internship (360 hours)
Associate Degree Certifications
You’ll prepare for the American Welding Society (AWS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and American Petroleum Institute (API) certifications.
3” schedule 40 Pipe Certification in the 6G position. (ASME)
3/8” Structural Plate Certifications in the 3G and 4G positions. (AWS)
6” Schedule 80 Pipe Certification in the 6G position using E6010/E7018 Uphill. (ASME)
6” Schedule 80 Pipe Certification in the 6G position with a downhill progression using E6010. (API)
6” Schedule 80 Pipe Certification in the 6G position using GTAW/SMAW. (ASME)
6” Schedule 80 Pipe Certification in the 6G position using GMAW with a Downhill Progression. (ASME)
2 ¾” Schedule 120 Tube Certification in the 6G position using GTAW/SMAW. (ASME)
*Showcases graduates from 2017 classes. Data includes those who were available for work and were offered and/or received career search assistance from 1/1/2017-4/30/2018. Includes full-time, part-time, or freelance positions. Visit PTCollege.edu/employmentstats to learn more.
** Background check and drug screening may be required prior to employment.
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