Pennsylvania Welding Schools
Preparation for a career in welding is often a combination of classroom and on-the-job training. Welding students in Pennsylvania can choose to pursue a certificate or associate's degree. These types of studies are mainly offered at community colleges. Certificates can usually be earned in less than one year. Hands-on training labs typically accompany welding classes. Graduates are prepared to take professional certification exams.
Information about two Pennsylvania community colleges providing welding studies is found here. Get curricula and credit requirement details. You can also view a table with statistical information about each of these schools.
- Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) consists of four campuses and six centers in and around Pittsburgh. CCAC offers both a certificate and associate's degree program in welding technology.
- Delaware County Community College's (DCCC) certificate in welding is offered under the manufacturing program conducted by DCCC's Department of Technical Education at the college's main campus in Media. The college is located about 25 miles from downtown Philadelphia.
Comparison of Schools
If you are considering enrolling in a welding program in Pennsylvania, it is best to consider all factors for each school before making a commitment. Find facts concerning student population, size, tuition and retention and graduation rates for the schools discussed in the table below.
|Community College of Allegheny County||Delaware County Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||17,153*||12,459*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)||$3,999 (in-district)
| $4,760 (in-district)
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2014)||69%*||63%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||N/A (open admissions policy)*||N/A (open admissions policy)*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||55% (full-time students)*||61% (full-time students)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014)||11%*||16%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Community College of Allegheny County
Established in 1966, the Community College of Allegheny County has an annual enrollment of around 45,000 credit and non-credit students. Day and evening classes in this school's welding programs are conducted at the West Hills Center on the North Campus in suburban McCandless, Pennsylvania.
Welding Technology Certificate
The 18-credit certificate program prepares students for entry-level positions in welding. The curriculum provides fundamental and advanced courses in welding. Blueprint reading, blazing, and several types of arc welding are also addressed. Students who complete this program are eligible to take the certification exam given by the American Welding Society.
Associate of Science in Welding Technology
The Associate of Science (A.S.) program prepares students for advanced or supervisory positions in welding. Program coursework covers basic and advanced pipe welding, welding basics, inspection, safety and flux-core arc welding. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take several types of welding certification exams.
Delaware County Community College
Delaware County Community College was founded in 1967 and has locations in both Delaware and Chester counties. Approximately 12,000 students are enrolled in DCCC's certificate and associate's degree programs.
Certificate of Competency in Welding Technology
Many of the courses offered in this 29-credit program combine lectures, demonstrations and hands-on labs. Students receive instruction and practice in several welding methods, such as shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding and oxy-fuel welding. Cutting techniques and safety procedures are also covered. Elective courses can be taken in welding design, welding codes, inspection or soldering.