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Welding Technology (4161)

Welding Technology: Certificate  (4161)

Do you enjoy working with your hands and have good hand-eye coordination? Do you want to be in a high-demand and increasingly high-tech field? Enroll in our Welding Technology Certificate Program to start your path to a rewarding career.


What can I do with this in the workforce?

With a certificate, you are ready to enter the workforce as a qualified welder and seek employment as a(n):

  • Assembler
  • Machine operator that is related to welding
  • Repair technician
  • Welding sales and services representative
  • Welder (you will need an American Welding Society (AWS) certification)
  • Welder’s assistant

Do any of these characteristics describe you?

  • Strong hand-eye coordination and
  • Ability to work with tools
  • Good attention to detail and
  • Ability to stay focused for extended periods of time
  • Solid communication skills and the capacity to
  • Work well with others
  • A desire to maximize your potential in the welding profession


What is the average salary?

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What is HACC’s program like? 

Our program offers the chance to gain hands-on training with real equipment in our laboratories. In fact, you can experience hands-on training in the nearly $1 million welding lab at our York Campus.

You will interact with highly qualified faculty to develop advanced skills in:

  • Blueprint reading
  • Flux cored and submerged arc welding
  • Gas metal arc welding
  • Gas tungsten arc welding
  • Oxy fuel welding
  • Shielded metal arc welding
  • Testing and inspection

Our coursework will prepare you to take the American Welding Society certification test.

After completing our program, you will be able to: 

  • Interpret welding blueprints
  • Weld carbon steel, aluminum and stainless steel in all positions with the oxy fuel welding process
  • Weld carbon steel in all positions with the shielded metal arc welding process
  • Weld carbon steel, aluminum and stainless steel in all positions with the gas metal arc welding process
  • Weld carbon steel, aluminum and stainless steel in all positions with the gas tungsten arc welding process
  • Weld carbon steel, aluminum and stainless steel in all positions with the flux cored arc welding process
  • Weld carbon steel with the subarc welding process
  • Weld pipe with oxy fuel, SMAW, GMAW and GTAW welding processes
  • Test and inspect weldments with destructive and nondestructive examination processes

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?

We encourage you to:
  • 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.
  • 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.


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

The Welding Technology Certificate is designed to lead you directly into the workforce.  However, you may transfer some of your HACC coursework into our Associate in Applied Science in technology studies if you want to continue your education.

Additionally, you can discuss the option of transferring credits to this school.

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?

We offers classes in the spring, summer and fall, and you can apply anytime online. When you submit your application, make sure to include program code 4161. By providing this unique code, you will ensure you are applying to the correct program.


How can I learn more?

Please contact an admissions counselor or department chair Kelley Engle to learn more. You may also request more information online.