03-24-16 WELD

What is Welding?

Welding offers training in oxyacetylene and AC/DC arc welding; and semiautomatic MIG, plasma cutting, and TIG welding systems. Starting with planning and layout work, the student progresses to setting up and operating welding, brazing, and cutting equipment, oxyacetylene welding light gauge metals in all positions, and shielded metal arc welding in all positions. Emphasis is placed on blueprint reading to identify properties of metal; metal types; types and use of electrodes and welding rods; electrical principles; and welding symbols. The use of manuals and specifications charts and the understanding of welding standards established by the American Welding Society are stressed. Training will be offered in the planning, layout, forming, joining and fabrication of various shapes in light and heavy gauge metals and pipe. Students learn to use specialized hand tools and to operate shears, forming and shaping machines, drill presses, and metal cutting saws.

For more information on the opportunities available through this program, please refer to the "College Credits" and "Industry Certifications" links to the left. Watch this video to find out what a CPAVTS education means for you! 


Program Objectives 

  1. Complete PA Deptartment of Education POS (Program of Study)
  2. Complete NOCTI Competencies
  3. Obtain Industry Certifications (AWS D1.1 SMAW 3G and/or 4G, AWS D1.1 GMAW 3G, AWS D1.1 GTAW 3G)
  4. Earn College in the High School Credits (HACC)
  5. Industry Visit (Level 1)
  6. Post-Secondary Visit (Level 2)
  7. Complete Internship                                                                                                                                                                      

Level 1 

Certification: AWS D1.1 SMAW 3G

CHS: WELD 103 (Shielded Arc Welding)

  • Safety
  • Identifying Materials
  • Hand Tools
  • Measuring and Layout


  • 100s: Occupational Safety
  • 200s: Principles of Welding
  • 300s: Weld Drawing and Symbols
  • 400s: Weld Inspection
  • 500s: Shielded Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • 900s: Manual Oxy Fuel Cutting and Welding
  • 1300s: Brazing and Soldering


Level 2

Certification: AWS D1.1 GMAW 3G 

CHS: WELD 102 (Oxy Fuel Cutting and Welding), WELD 120 (Gas Metal Arc Welding)

  • MIG Weld Safety/Operation
  • FCAW Flux Core Welding Safety
  • Plasma Cutting
  • Weld Drawing and Symbols
  • Weld Inspection


  • 300s: Weld Drawings and Symbols
  • 600s: Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • 700s: Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • 1000s: Mechanized Oxy Fuel Cutting
  • 1100s: Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC)

Employability Skills Training

Level 3 

Certification: AWS D1.1 GTAW 3G

OPTION 1: AWS D1.1 GTAW 3G Certification

  • TIG Weld Safety/Operation
  • Carbon Arc Cutting Safety/Operation
  • Brazing and Soldering Set Up/Operation


  • 800s: Gas Tungsten Arc Cutting (GTAW)
  • 1200s: Air Carbon Arc Cutting (CAC-A)
  • 1300s: Brazing and Soldering


OPTION 2: Cooperative Education


Is it for You?

Students seeking to enter the Welding program should like working with machines and tools, as well as more routine, organized activities. Welders may work alone or as part of a team of welders in plant, building a bridge, or performing work on large projects. They should be able to withstand heat, work in plants, which generally are not air-conditioned, and at times work in the presence of toxic fumes and gases. To prevent injuries caused by extreme heat, welders usually wear protective clothing, goggles, and helmets. Those in construction firms normally work outside and may be required to work on scaffolds or platforms. The work week is usually forty hours on any one of three shifts; overtime may be required. The following skills are necessary for a successful welder:

  • The ability to work well with others.
  • The ability to work accurately and precisely from written or oral instructions.
  • Good physical stamina and coordination.
  • Good manual dexterity.
  • Good vision, either naturally or with correction.

For more information on this program's objectives, please visit the "Task List" link to the left.


What's Next?


Potential Career Pathways

* Salaries listed are PA state averages taken from www.onetonline.com and are accurate as of 2020.

Pipelayers ($48,630)

Structural Metal Fabricators & Fitters ($40,390)

Structural Iron & Steel Workers ($53,640)

Welders, Cutters & Welder Fitters ($44,480)

...and many more

Post-Secondary Studies

*Many employment options in this field require additional study.

HACC: Welding

Penn College: Welding & Fabrication Engineering Technology, Welding Technology, Welding Certificate