Welding

Program Description

A Professional Welder’s career options are nearly endless. Careers range from structural welding and pipe fitting to manufacturing and fabrication. Best of all, the demand for welders worldwide continues to grow. Nine months of your life in the Welding Program will benefit you for the rest of your life.

The SUN Tech Welding Program provides you with the hands-on training in all positions and theoretical backgrounds required for an entry-level position in the field of welding.  You also have the opportunity to take a certification test (D1.1 or D1.5) at the end of the school year.

Welding processes you will learn:

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • Flux Core Arc Welding
  • Submerged Arc Welding
  • Oxyfuel Cutting/Welding/Brazing
  • CNC/Manual Plasma cutting
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Nondestructive Testing Methods/Inspection
  • Fabrication skills

Post-Secondary Opportunities

Students enrolled in the Welding program can earn the following college credits while enrolled at SUN Tech through the Penn College PC Now program:

# COURSE NAME CREDITS
WEL114 Shielded Metal Arc I 2 Credits
WEL116 Shielded Metal Arc II 2 Credits
WEL120 Gas Metal Arc I 2 Credits
WEL124 Gas metal Arc II 2 Credits
WEL123 Gas Tungsten Arc I 2 Credits
WEL129 Gas Tungsten Arc II 2 Credits

The welding program prepares students to continue their education at a variety of two-year and four-year colleges and technical schools as well as entry into accredited apprentice programs. Several schools offer qualified SUN graduates Advanced Placement. This can save as much  as $4,000 on tuition expenses.

Some apprenticeship programs and all military training programs are free to the student and provide a competitive salary while you learn.

Following are just some of the possibilities for acquiring advanced training in welding:

  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Northampton Community College
  • Thaddeus Stevens State School of Technology
  • Local 520 Pipefitters Union
  • Steelworkers Union
  • Technical Schools in all branches of the military

Certifications

Students who earn a proficient score on their NOCTI exam will be awarded a PA State Skills Certificate.

Employment and Co-op Opportunities

Welding and joining technology is used in the fabrication of numerous products: buildings, bridges, computers and washing machines – most products you use in everyday life.

Start a rewarding career in one of the following areas available for graduates of the welding program:

  • Tack Welder
  • Welder
  • Welding machine operator
  • Welder assembler
  • Welder fitter
  • Construction welder
  • Maintenance welder
  • Welding supervisor
  • Welding technician
  • Business owner
  • Sales and service representative
  • Educator
  • Inspector
  • Engineer

Program of Study

Welding is a SOAR approved program of study.

This means that successful completion of this program earns you college credits that can be transferred to participating state colleges and universities.

Program Uniform

Welding students must come to school dressed in the approved program uniform.  Shirts can be ordered using the order form link provided.