Welding is a method of joining materials by applying heat, pressure, or both with or without filler metal, to produce a permanent fusion.
The GACTC full-time welding program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for performing the most common types of welding. The need for skilled welders is increasing as virtually all construction and manufacturing companies require some form of welding from the production of assemblies to maintenance and repair.
Students obtain experience in the following areas to achieve a sufficient skill level to acquire entry-level employment:
- oxyacetylene welding
- oxy-fuel cutting (both hand and machine operated)
- air carbon and plasma arc cutting
- shielded metal arc welding
- gas tungsten arc welding
- flux cored arc welding
- gas metal arc welding
- print reading
- practical math for welders
- welding certification preparation
- welding metallurgy.
Blueprint reading and math are an integral part of this program to ensure our graduates may be successful in many welding environments. The program emphasizes the importance of good workmanship, professionalism, and work ethic. The program is comprised of 650 hours of welding, 140 hours of print reading, 100 hours of math, and 10 hours of a career readiness course.
Graduates of this program are employed in local facilities including the following:
- Aerotek (with placements at Curry Supply and McLanahan Corporation)
- Corle Buliding
- Curry Rail
- Defiance Metal Products
- Martin's Welding and Repair
Although not required for many welding positions, graduates of the GACTC welding program have the opportunity to complete an associate degree with several local colleges and universities. Please contact the Continuing Education office for details.
Take the next step!
Please contact us to schedule a tour and to meet with a career counselor to discuss your career goals and this program. Complete this short form to request more information and to schedule a tour, or call us as 814.941.TECH.
We welcome your application to the welding program. To learn more about the admission process, please visit https://www.gactc.edu/domain/74.
Estimated Tuition & Fees: $12,278 (includes a laptop)
Schedule: August 31, 2020 through May 19, 2021, primarily Monday - Thursday, 3:15 - 8:45 p.m.
- American Welding Society (AWS) Certifications, including GMAW 2G and SMAW 3G
- OSHA 10-hour Certification