Welding Technology

Program Description

Welding is essential to the expansion and productivity of our industries. Welding has become one of the principal means of fabricating and repairing metal products. The welding programs of study provides classroom and laboratory experiences in shop safety, hand tools, blue print reading, metal identification and equipment use, also acetylene welding and cutting, shielding metal arc welding gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, plasma cutting.

Related Occupations

Other skilled metal workers include machinists, machine setters, operators, and tool and die makers.

Nature of Work

Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. In this process, heat and metal is applied to metal pieces, where the pieces are melted and fused together to form a permanent bond.

One of the most common types of welding is arc welding. Two other common forms of advanced welding are Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding.

Training and Advancement

Welding training may be obtained in high schools, technical schools, community colleges, military schools, and through an apprenticeship.

Certification by the American Welding Society could be obtained through the welding program in, SMAW, GMAW, OAC, OAW, GTAW and many other processes.

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the 2006-2016 job outlook for welding, soldering, and brazing workers is expected to grow about 5 percent over the next decade. About 2 of every 3 welding jobs are found in the manufacturing industry. Jobs are concentrated in fabricated metal products, transportation equipment, machinery, architectural, structural metal manufacturing, and construction.

Job prospects are excellent, employers report difficulty finding enough qualified welders.



The median wage-and-salary earnings of welders, cutters, solders, braziers, and machine manufacturing is between:

$15.10 and $15.43 an hour.

Information printed in brochure was compiled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov

Program of Study Framework / Class Resources


Tim Souders

Tim Souders

Welding Technology - Forbes Road

Email:  tsouders@fcavts.org

Phone: (814) 685-3866 Ext: 1300

Bruce Shipley

Bruce Shipley

Welding Technology - Southern Fulton

Email: bshipley@fcavts.org

Phone: (717) 485-5813 Ext: 203

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