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Welding and Fabrication Technology


The technical curriculum of this program will take place at Triangle Tech in Pittsburgh, Erie, Greensburg, DuBois, Sunbury, or Bethlehem, 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.

Employers desperately need trained welders. That's because they know their products and structures are only as good as the welds and the welders who produce them — highly skilled men and women with the satisfaction of knowing that their welds literally hold America together.

You can become one of these highly-sought professionals. You will learn to weld all types of metals, and you'll learn many modern, sophisticated techniques along with related skills, such as how to read drawings, shop detailing, fitting and layout.

It's hard work, but when you graduate, you'll have your welder's certifications (AWS and ASME), the skills you need to get a great job, just about anywhere you want to go — with the associate's degree that will give you the ability to more up the ladder into a management position or the educational foundation to start your own business.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for entry-level employment as welding technicians in light or heavy welding as well as related trades. Students have completed the A.W.S. certification exam for plate and structural welds, and the A.S.M.E. certification exam for pipe fitting and piping systems prior to graduation.

Job Outlook

The following job prospect information is provided by the Bureau of Labor & Statistics. This information reflects national projections made for 2006-2016.

Welding, soldering, and brazing workers held about 462,000 jobs in 2006. About two of every three welding jobs were found in manufacturing. Jobs were concentrated in fabricated metal product manufacturing, transportation equipment manufacturing, machinery manufacturing, architectural and structural metals manufacturing, and construction.

Employment of welding, soldering, and brazing workers is expected to grow about 5 percent over the 2006-16 decade. The basic skills of welding are the same across industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another depending on where they are needed most. Job prospects should be excellent as employers report difficulty finding qualified workers as well as retirement and growth in the oil and gas industry.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Arc Welding Processes

  • Fuel Gas Processes

  • AWS Welding codes

  • Metallurgy

  • Blueprint Reading

  • TIG Welding

  • MIG Welding

  • Metal Surfacing

  • Structural Steel Weld Certification

  • Pipe Weld Certification

  • Computer Applications

  • Pipe Welding

  • Pipe Fitting

  • Weld Inspection

  • Piping Systems

  • Metal Identification

  • Structural Steel Layout

  • Steel Fabrication

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