Associate in Science
Connect to a bright future.
Shell is investing billions of dollars in a new ethane cracker plant just up the road in Beaver County that will eventually employ hundreds of workers. But it’s already creating thousands of construction jobs—and they need hundreds of trained workers to weld the plant’s miles of pipes. That’s just one example of the boom in local construction that’s creating opportunities for welders.
In PTC’s associate degree program in Welding Technology, you’ll start with the fundamentals, then move on to advanced pipe welding and plate welding, as well as SMAW, GMAW, and GTAW pipe welding. And you’ll do all that learning in a lab that features 36 welding booths with 24 oxy acetylene stations.
But it’s not just about developing hard skills. On your way to a real-world internship where you’ll hone your craft, you’ll also build the critical thinking, human relations and communications skills you’ll need for a successful career.
- Welding in the downhill and uphill position.
- Welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
- High-pressure tube welding.
- MIG, TIG, and Arc welding.
- Flux core welding.
- Pipe welding.
- Plate welding
- Spot welding.
- Blueprint reading
Our Welding Technology grads are working in the field in a range of roles including:
- Flux core welder
- Apprentice boilermaker
- Apprentice steamfitter
Employers of PTC Graduates*
You won’t be alone in your job search. Our Career Services staff has helped our grads start their careers with employers like:
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Boilermakers Union
- Steamfitters Local 449
- Littell Steel
- Sippel Steel
*Background check and drug screening may be required prior to employment.
The Associate in Science, Welding consists of seven quarters. For course descriptions, visit our catalog.
- Steps to Career Success 1
- Introduction to Welding
- Math for Welders
- Metal Cutting
- Blueprint Reading & Welding Symbols
- Personal Finance
- Critical Thinking
- Shielded Metal Arc Welding
- Gas Metal Arc Welding
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
- Principles of Writing
- English Composition 1
- Welding Certification/Prep
- SMAW Pipe Welding
- Advanced Plate Welding
- English Composition 2
- Physical Science
- Steps to Career Success 2
- MIG & TIG Prep
- Flux Core Arc Welding
- Blueprints 2
- Effective Speech
- Career Development
- Advanced Pipe Welding
- Exotic Metals
- Human Relations in Organizations
- GTAW Pipe Welding
- GTAW/SMAW Pipe Welding
- GTAW Tube
Associate Degree Qualifications
You’ll prepare for the American Welding Society (AWS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and American Petroleum Institute (API) certifications.
3” schedule 40 Pipe Certification in the 6G position. (AWS Standards)
3/8” Structural Plate Certifications in the 3G and 4G positions. (AWS)
6” Schedule 80 Pipe Certification in the 6G position using E6010/E7018 Uphill. (AWS Standards)
6” Schedule 80 Pipe Certification in the 6G position with a downhill progression using E6010. (AWS Standards)
6” Schedule 80 Pipe Certification in the 6G position using GTAW/SMAW. (AWS Standards)
6” Schedule 80 Pipe Certification in the 6G position using GMAW with a Downhill Progression. (AWS Standards)
2 ¾” Schedule 160 Tube Certification in the 6G position using GTAW/SMAW. (AWS Standards)
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Welding Graduate Receives “40 Under 40” Award
Sean Myers, 2016 PTC Welding graduate, was presented with the “40 Under 40” award recognizing him for his outstanding contributions to the inland marine transportation industry.