Welding Technology

Welding Technology Program Options

PTI offers two programs in welding to meet the demand for skilled industrial and commercial welders. The western Pennsylvania region has a strong demand for welders both as a result of the growth in the dynamic oil and gas industry and by the aging infrastructure of the region and the substantial need for rebuilding and repair.

To address this need, PTI built a new Energy Technology Center complete with a new welding lab. State of the industry equipment was installed, and experienced instructors have developed a curriculum that industry is looking for. The result is a modern, industry-current program that is designed to provide you with marketable, relevant skills.

At PTI you can select from a certificate program complete with key welding fundamentals or an Associate Program that offers expanded training particularly in the pipeline industry and adds business and valuable career focused courses to provide you with a valuable associate degree in welding technology.

New Energy Tech Center Welding Lab

Welding classes at PTI are taught in the new Energy Tech Center Welding Lab. This state of the industry lab has 36 welding booths including 24 Oxy Acetylene stations for many types of welding.

­As a PTI welding student you will learn MIG, TIG, and Stick welding in this modern lab using the latest in equipment. The welding lab has specialized stations for plasma and Oxy Acetylene cutting.

In this spacious lab you will learn key skills including blueprint reading, exotic metal welding, pipe welding and many other important skills.


PTI Welding Technology students are prepared to take certification exams in a number of key certification areas. Graduates of both the Associate and Certificate programs are prepared to sit for both the American Welding Society (AWS) Certification as well as the SENSE Plates Certification. In addition, advanced associate students are prepared and encouraged to sit for several other key certification exams.

Welding Advisory Board

To ensure that our programs stay industry current, PTI maintains a Welding Industry Advisory Board that guides the college on the changes and innovations in the welding industry.

Your Welding Career

PTI’s Career Services department consists of over 13 professionals who are dedicated to assist you throughout your career. In addition to helping you with career opportunities the department will be there to assist you with interviewing, resume preparation, and key skills needed to land the position you are looking for.

PTI trained welders may find employment in careers including architectural and structural metalworking, energy exploration, manufacturing, commercial machinery repair, and many other types of careers

Some employers may require a background check and drug screening prior to employment. Some employers may require a driver’s license and a clean driving history


More about this program

Key Skills
Tuition, Loan Debt & Graduate Information
  • Key Skills

    In the PTI Welding Certification Program you will learn key skills including.

    • Layout fitter welding
    • MIG, TIG, and ARC Welding
    • Flux core welding
    • Pipe welding
    • Structural welding
    • Container welding
    • Spot welding
    • Exotic metal welding
    • Plate welding
  • Certifications

    Graduates within both the PTI Welding Certificate program and the Associates Degree program are prepared to sit for both the American Welding Society Certification as well as SENSE Plates Certification.

    SENSE (Schools Excelling through National Skills Education) is a set of welding standards and guidelines that assist schools in training welders. Welders with SENSE certification are in demand by welding employers.

    PTI has an advisory board comprised of energy and technology professionals who keep our programs up to date and consistent with the needs of today's employment market.

    In addition, the PTI welding program includes training in management skills to further train our graduates for advancement in their careers.

  • Employment

    As a student at PTI, you can tap into all of the support and services you would expect at a well-respected school. Our Career Services Department is staffed by experienced placement professionals with contacts and connections across the country. PTI Welding Technology graduates are prepared for entry-level positions at:

    • Marcellus Shale
    • Energy Exploration
    • Construction and Mining
    • Architectural and Structural Metal
    • Boiler, Tanks and Shipping Container Manufacturers
    • Commercial Machinery Repair and Maintenance
    • Machine Ships and Threaded Product Manufacturers
    • Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturers
    • Fabricated Metal Products Manufacturers
  • Careers

    The basic skills of welding are the same across industries, making it possible for you to shift your career from one field to another as demand grows accordingly. For example, the ongoing growth in production in the Marcellus Shale industry, not to mention the deterioration of bridges across Pennsylvania, continues to fuel demand for skilled:

    • Welders, Cutters and Fitters
    • Soldering and Brazing Workers
    • Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders
    • Sheet Metal Workers
    • Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
    • Boilermakers
    • Metal and Plastic Layout Workers
    • Pipe Fitters and Steam Fitters
    • Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
    • Control and Valve Installers and Repairers
    • Maintenance Workers and Machinery Workers
    • Rail Track Laying and Maintenance Workers
    • Some employers may require a background check and drug screening prior to employment
  • Tuition, Loan Debt & Graduate Information

    For graduation rates and other important consumer information regarding this program, please click on the link below:

    United States Department of Education Gainful Employment Data (Certificate Program)

    United States Department of Education Gainful Employment Data (Associates Degree Program)

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