Welding Technology


CIP Code: 48.0508

Instructor: Mr. Good

Program Overview

The welding industry can be extremely rewarding due to the fact that employers have a constant need for skilled welders. Welding is used in manufacturing, construction and many other industries. In the Welding Technology program, students are taught oxy-fuel gas cutting principles and practices, arc cutting principles and practices, and welding inspection and testing principles. Welding Technology students research careers in the welding field and learn how to weld in all positions. Further, they learn how to interpret blueprints and layout projects from cutting to tacking to full completion of projects. Students learn about precision cuts in steel plates using superheated gases and learn how steel is formed from a liquid to solid. Students also gain hands-on training in a variety of welding procedures including shielded metal arc welding (STICK), gas metal arc welding (MIG), flux cored arc welding (FCAW) and gas tungsten arc welding (TIG).

In this program, students learn how to use the proper equipment for testing welds, destruction, and hardness testing. They gain experience in reading and understanding manuals and specification charts for the welding process. The students learn how to use grinders and chemical baths for surface cleaning, proper clamping techniques, and welding standards established by the American Welding Society.

Blueprint Reading is a required course for this program of study.

Is this Career Right For You?

  • Would you be comfortable using tools that require strong attention to safety?
  • Could you spend every day working with a variety of different welding techniques?
  • Do you have good eye-hand coordination?
  • Do you have strong math skills?
  • Are you precise?

Inside the Industry

Sheet metal workers $48,000
Welders, Cutters, Solderers & Brazers $50,600
Boilermakers $50,000
Pipefitters $58,000

Students will also learn Safety, How to read and interpret drawings and welding symbols, Visual weld inspection and testing. Students will also learn the safe and proper use of machinery, power tools and hand tools. Instruction in the Welding program is designed to give the student knowledge and skills needed for employment in the welding field.

DCTS has partnered with Harrisburg Area Community College Midtown Campus to use their welding facilities. Students in the welding program will be transported from DCTS to HACC.

Welding Program FAQ

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Possible Careers 

  • Pipeline/Pipe Welders
  • Iron Workers
  • Bridge Building
  • Ship Building
  • Automotive/Racing
  • Railroads
  • Aerospace Industries
  • Robotics/Welding Automation
  • Underwater Welding
  • Welding Engineer
  • Welding Inspector
  • Welding Sales Representative

Related Careers 

  • Boilermakers
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Plumbers
  • Tool and Die Makers
  • Pipefitters/Steamfitters
  • Machinist
  • Fabricators/Assemblers

Potential Certifications
  • OSHA-10
  • Employability: Interviewing Skills
  • AWS D1.1 - Structural Welding

 Statewide Articulation Agreements