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​Welding Technology/Welder

CIP Code 48.0508

Opportunities in the welding field are endless and can be extremely rewarding. Due to the fact that welding is widely used in construction, manufacturing and many other industries, employers have a constant need for skilled welders. Welding is an important part of our nation’s growth and stability. In fact, for those who are involved in the welding industry, there is a strong conviction that a large part of the U.S. economy is dependent on welding, and that continued advances in the field help to drive this nation’s productivity and strengthen its financial stability.

Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. Because of its strength, welding is used in all types of manufacturing industries, such as shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, and aerospace applications. Welding also is used to join beams when constructing buildings, bridges and other structures, and to join pipes in pipelines, power plants and refineries. Other applications include the manufacturing of small electronic devices, medical components and nanotechnology, which is the latest development to revolutionize the world of manufacturing, at the molecular level.

Aspiring welders also learn to interpret plans, drawings, codes and specifications, lines, symbols and abbreviations on working drawings or blueprints. The analysis of specifications and contract drawings for projects is an important skill that welders should master. Welders also need to be able to produce accurate labor and material estimations for a manufacturing project.

Welders who are proficient in a variety of welding methods using a wide array of tools and procedures could find themselves working on oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, on top of the tallest buildings in New York City, on the U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier or operating a private welding business. Welding employment opportunities are diverse and skilled welders can choose from a variety of openings both nationally and internationally. Welding technology offers immediate job prospects with potential for growth and promotion. Welding career pathways also include college where students can consider a field of study in welding engineering or metallurgy.

Brazing and soldering are closely related fields in which welders may achieve proficiency. Individuals in these occupations set up, operate, and monitor welding, soldering, or brazing machines that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies.

Those individuals completing the welding program may be employed as fabricators, cutters, mig welders, sub arc operators, aluminum welders, spot welders, fitter welders, maintenance welders, and welders.

Version C: Graduation Years 2016, 2017, 2018

Version D: Graduation Years 2019, 2020, 2021

Approved Secondary School Partners

Admiral Peary AVTSEbensburg2010-2011
Bedford County Technical CenterEverett2010-2011
Berks CTC - West CampusLeesport2010-2011
Bethlehem AVTSBethlehem2009-2010
Bucks County Technical HSFairless Hills2009-2010
Butler County AVTSButler2011-2012
Carbon Career & Technical InstituteJim Thorpe2009-2010
Career Institute of TechnologyEaston2009-2010
Central PA Institute of Science & TechnologyPleasant Gap2009-2010
Central Westmoreland CTCNew Stanton2009-2010
Clarion County Career CenterShippenville2009-2010
Clearfield County CTCClearfield2011-2012
Columbia-Montour AVTSBloomsburg2009-2010
Connellsville Area CTCConnellsville2009-2010
Corry Area HSCorry2018-2019
Crawford County CTCMeadville2009-2010
CTC of Lackawanna CountyScranton2011-2012
Cumberland - Perry AVTSMechanicsburg2010-2011
Dauphin County Technical SchoolHarrisburg2019-2020
Delaware County Technical High School - AstonAston2019-2020
Eastern Center for Arts & TechnologyWillow Grove2009-2010
Eastern Westmoreland CTCLatrobe2009-2010
Edison HS/Fareira SkillsPhiladelphia2011-2012
Erie City SD - Erie HSErie2017-2018
Erie County Technical SchoolErie2013-2014
Fayette County AVTSUniontown2009-2010
Franklin Benjamin HSPhiladelphia2015-2016
Franklin County CTCChambersburg2010-2011
Fulton County AVTSMcConnellsburg2009-2010
George Jr Republic HSGrove City2012-2013
Greater Altoona CTCAltoona2010-2011
Greater Johnstown AVTSJohnstown2009-2010
Greater Johnstown SHSJohnstown2009-2010
Greene County CTCWaynesburg2010-2011
Hanover Public SDHanover2016-2017
Hazleton Area Career CenterHazleton2011-2012
Huntingdon County CTCMill Creek2015-2016
Indiana County Technology CenterIndiana2010-2011
Jefferson County-Dubois AVTSReynoldsville2009-2010
Lancaster County CTC - BrownstownBrownstown2012-2013
Lancaster County CTC - Mt Joy CampusMount Joy2010-2011
Lancaster County CTC - Willow St CampusWillow Street2010-2011
Langley HSPittsburgh2009-2010
Lawrence County CTCNew Castle2015-2016
Lebanon County CTCLebanon2010-2011
Lehigh Career & Technical InstituteSchnecksville2009-2010
Lenape TechFord City2009-2010
Mastbaum Jules E AVTSPhiladelphia2011-2012
Mercer County Career CenterMercer2013-2014
Middle Bucks Institute of TechnologyJamison2010-2011
Monroe Career & Technical InstituteBartonsville2011-2012
North Montco Technical Career CenterLansdale2009-2010
Northern Tier Career CenterTowanda2011-2012
Northern Westmoreland CTCNew Kensington2009-2010
Northumberland County CTCCoal Township2010-2011
Parkway West CTCOakdale2009-2010
Randolph, A. Phillip AVT HSPhiladelphia2012-2013
Reading-Muhlenberg CTCReading2009-2010
Schuylkill Technology Centers - SouthMar Lin2011-2012
Seneca Highlands CTCPort Allegany2014-2015
Somerset County Technology CenterSomerset2009-2010
Steel Center for Career & Technical EdJefferson Hills2015-2016
SUN Area Technical InstituteNew Berlin2009-2010
Susquehanna County CTCDimock2012-2013
Upper Bucks County AVTSPerkasie2011-2012
Venango Technology CenterOil City2009-2010
Warren County AVTSWarren2009-2010
Western Area CTCCanonsburg2009-2010
Wilkes-Barre CTCWilkes-Barre2011-2012
Williamsport Area SHSWilliamsport2010-2011
York County School of TechnologyYork2009-2010