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Welding (0500)

Welding: Diploma  (0500)

In a short period, you can gain the training you need to excel in an in-demand field. By starting at HACC, you will obtain the skills to enter the workforce or continue your education.


What can I do with this in the workforce?  

With a diploma, you are prepared for entry-level jobs as an assembly welder, maintenance worker or welder’s assistant.

Often, those who enjoy working with their hands, hold good hand-eye coordination and can stay focused for extended periods thrive in this industry. HACC’s program could be the perfect starting point if:


What is the average salary?

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  • Average hourly wages
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What is HACC’s program like?

Our program allows students to gain the hands-on training needed in this profession. Using real equipment and learning from top-notch faculty, you will obtain the basic techniques, including:  

  • Blueprint reading techniques
  • Gas metal arc welding
  • Gas tungsten arc welding
  • Oxy fuel welding
  • Shielded metal arc welding

In fact, you can experience hands-on training in the nearly $1 million welding lab at our York Campus and have the chance to weld on a range of materials, including carbon steel, aluminum and stainless steel.

After graduating from our program, you will be able to: 

  • Interpret welding blueprints
  • Weld carbon steel, aluminum and stainless steel in various positions with the oxy fuel welding process
  • Weld carbon steel in various positions with the shielded metal arc welding process
  • Weld carbon steel, aluminum and stainless steel in various positions with the gas metal arc welding process
  • Weld carbon steel, aluminum and stainless steel in various positions with the gas tungsten arc welding process

Federal regulations require that the College disclose specific gainful employment information about our program.  This link will provide you with information on completion rates and placement, program costs and median loan debt.


What classes will I take?

  • Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.
  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.


Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?

The Welding Diploma Program is designed to lead you directly to employment. However, if you wish to transfer your HACC credits into the Welding Certificate Program, and the Industrial Technology AAS program, let us know!

Pennsylvania College of Technology: Welding (pdf)


Where can I complete this program?

You can complete the entire program at our Harrisburg and York campuses.


Does HACC offer scholarships?

Yes! Through the HACC Foundation, there are scholarships available. Please visit for details and deadlines.


When can I apply?

You can enroll in classes in the spring, summer and fall. Please visit our website to submit your application anytime. When you do, please include program code 0500 with your application. This code is unique to the program.


How can I learn more?

If you want to translate your welding skills into a career, let us help you make it happen. Please contact an admissions counselor or department chair Kelley Engle to learn more. You may also request more information online.