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The technical curriculum of this program will take place at Erie Institute of Technology in Erie, Pa. The technical curriculum will account for 28 to a maximum of 30 credits. In addition to the technical curriculum, students will complete 35 credits of core curriculum courses to complete the requirements of the Associate of Applied Science degree from Clarion University.

Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. Because of its strength, welding is used in thousands of manufacturing activities, construction, and pipelines. There are over 80 different welding processes that can be employed. Some common types of welding are arc, TIG, and MIG.  Arc, plasma, and oxy-gas cutters are also used for cutting and dismantling.

Skilled workers generally plan work from drawing and use their knowledge to determine how best to join the parts.  Highly skilled wolders may be trained to work with a wide variety of materials, such as titanium, aluminum, or plastics, in addition to steel.

Some welding positions require general certifications in welding or certifications in specific skills. You will prepare to take the A.S.M.E. Section IX Critical Piping certification exam and the D1.1 Structural Steel Welding certification exam from the American Welding Society.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are qualified for entry-level employment in positions including:

  • Welder

  • Welding Specialist

  • Welding Technologist

  • Welding Engineer

Job Outlook

The following job prospect information is provided by the Bureau of Labor & Statistics. This information reflects national projections made for 2008-2018.

Job prospects for welders will vary with the welder’s skill level. Prospects should be good for welders trained in the latest technologies. Welding schools report that graduates have little difficulty finding work, and many welding employers report difficulty finding properly skilled welders.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Technical Mathematics

  • Introduction to Arc Welding Processes

  • Industrial Safety

  • Welding Codes and Procedures

  • Metallurgy and Strength of Materials

  • Blueprint Reading

  • Keyboarding

  • AWS D1.1 Structural Steel Welding

  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)

  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)

  • Mathematics for Welding II

  • Semi-Automatic Arc Welding

  • Plasma Arc Cutting and Templates

  • Metal Surfacing

  • Piping Systems Blueprints

  • Pipe Layout and Fitting

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