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WELDING TECHNOLOGY AT
THADDEUS STEVENS COLLEGE

The Welding Technology program will provide the student an introduction of fundamentals to an advanced comprehension of welding knowledge, proficiency,  and practice to meet the skillful needs of Manufacturing, Aerospace, Auto Industry, Industrial Fabrication, Pipeline, Ship Building, Bridge Building, and Heavy Construction Occupations. 

In the first year of training, the student will be provided an introduction and understanding of Oxyacetylene Welding and Cutting (OAW), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Basic Blueprint reading for welders, Welding Symbols, and Safety.

In the second year, the student will continue to advance and reinforce previous learning information and training of each of the basic processes. In addition, students will be using Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC), Flux-cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Submerged Arc Welding (SAW, Pipe Welding & Techniques, Non-destructive Examination (NDE) methods, Metallurgy/Metal properties, Welding Blueprint reading and applications. Students will be welding on various thickness plate of ferrous and non-ferrous metals (Steels, stainless steels and aluminum) and receive a limited qualifications to AWS D1.1, Structural Code-Steel.

After completion of the Associate Degree Welding Technology program, the student will have the potential to progress to a higher level of welding education and skills; he/she may continue with his/her education to a 4-year Welding Engineer or Welding Manufacturing Degree Program, or become an AWS Welding Inspector/Educator or an ASNT Non-destructive Examination Inspector. The graduate will have the potential to become a Welding Supervisor, Welding Manager, Welding Leader or Shop Foreman.