Welding Technologies

Instructor: Paul Welch



Students entering NTCC in the welding program will have the opportunity to get hands on training with some of the most advanced welding and cutting equipment available.
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Students will be trained in the following disciplines

  • SMAW – Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • GMAW – Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • FCAW – Flux Core Arc Welding
  • GTAW – Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • Blue Prints and Welding Symbols
  • Fabrication and Layout
  • Job Costing


Related Occupations

  • Gas and Oil industries
  • Nuclear Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Pipe and Steam Fitters
  • Military
  • Underwater Welding


Nature of Work

Welders can expect to work in a wide range of situations; you may be required to work alone or in a team, possibly in a confined space or at extreme heights. A welder’s job can be as adventurous and exciting as you make it.


Training & Advancement

Technical School, On the Job training, Personal achievement, AWS Certifications, API Certifications, Diving Certifications, Military, Certified Welding Inspectors, Engineering Degrees, NDT Certifications .


Job Outlook

According to the BLS, employment for welders and cutters is expected to increase slowly, while that of welding machine operators should remain unchanged through 2006. Even though production should increase, the number of welding machine operators is expected to remain level because of greater use of robots and other automated welding techniques. “Manual welders, however, especially those with a wide variety of skills, will increasingly be needed for sophisticated fabrication tasks and repair work that do not lend themselves to automation,” according to the Handbook. Many of the job openings for welders will result from the need to replace experienced workers. The aging of the nation’s infrastructure, which means more products needing repair or replacement, will also provide opportunities.



The median hourly salary for welders involved with cutting and soldering was $15.10 per hour in May 2006 while the median hourly salary for welding machine setters, tenders, and operators was $14.90 per hour.

Scope & Sequence

(suggested academic & CTE per POS/SOAR)

  • 11th grade – College prep English III, Geometry, Physics, Algebra
  • 12th grade – College prep English IV, College prep Math


Articulation Agreements

Pennsylvania College Of Technology

PC NOW(Penn College credits) we offer Wel114,sheilded metal arc1. Wel116,sheilded metal arc 2. Well120,gas metal arc 1. Well124, gas metal arc 2. Well123, gas tungsten arc1. Well129, gas tungsten arc 2.

Earn up to 12 college credits over two years.




Penn College NOW is a dual enrollment program which allows students to take college courses while in high school. The courses are taught at the high school or career and technology center by Penn College approved high school instructors. The courses follow the college syllabus and require college approved textbooks.

Information can be obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov