(Posted: October 2016)

The Welding  Technology Program is a  Community College of Allegheny County credit program designed to provide the job skill sets required by welding and manufacturing companies for their welders, fabricators, and grinders. The certificate program provides 18 college credits that can be used toward completion  of an associate’s or  bachelor’s degree.

Students have the opportunity to become certified welders using American Welding Society’s (AWS) codes and standards and are eligible to take the AWS  D1.1 and D1.5 Certification Test. Increasingly, most welding jobs now require welders be certified. Students in the Welding Technology Certificate Program acquire skills in:

  • Utilize safety procedures and  theory of Shielded Metal Arc Welding Processes
  • Utilize multi-layered welds in different weld joints and weld positions
  • Operate oxy-fuel cutting and brazing equipment safety
  • Identify and interpret blueprints and basic weld (AWS) symbols
  • Demonstrate Gas Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Flux Core Arc Welding  processes and the safety and setup procedures for metals, i.e.,  aluminum, stainless steel, and carbon steel
  • Identify and interpret blueprints and basic (AWS) weld symbols

Opportunity to gain additional credits and skills in Pipe-Welding after completing the Welding Technology Certificate program.

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The Welding, Gas & Oil Certificate Program is designed to provide students with the skills for employment as a pipe welder in industries such as cross-country natural gas transmission and natural gas retailers.

Upon successful completion of the Welding, Gas & Oil Certificate Program, students will:

  • Demonstrate the technical skills for employment as a welder in the oil and gas industry.
  • Apply safety procedures and theory of the Shielded Metal Arc Welding processes.
  • Utilize multi-layered welds in different weld joints and weld positions.
  • Make a shielded metal- arc weld on schedule 80 pipe in a fixed 6G position.
  • Transition pipe welding skills to the downhill process using specialized electrodes.Successful completion of this program prepares the student for the following examinations: SMAW, AWS D1.1 and D1.5 on 1 inch plate in the vertical position; ASME and AWS pipe welding certification in uphill SMAW for 6 in diameter, schedule 80 pipe in the 6G position fixed position: and the API downhill shielded metal-arc process used to connect natural gas cross-country transmission pipelines.The program accommodates the schedules of working individuals by providing classes locally. Save travel time and expense by taking CCAC coursework in the area while gaining access to the courses offered at the Pittsburgh Campus!