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    About the Program (CIP Code: 48.0508)

    An instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills in gas, arc, shielded metal arc, brazing, and flame cutting welding. Students learn safety practices and types and use of electrodes and welding rods; properties of metals; blueprint reading; electrical principles; welding symbols and mechanical drawing; use of equipment for testing welds by ultrasonic methods and destruction and hardness testing; use of manuals and specification charts; use of portable grinders for surface cleaning; positioning and clamping; and welding standards established by the American Welding Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and American Bureau of Ships.

    American Welding Society (AWS) (Press Ctrl + Hyperlink to view website)


    • Metal Preparation
    • Oxy Fuel Cutting
    • Plasma Cutting
    • Stick Welding
    • MIG Welding
    • TIG Welding
    • Carbon Arc Cutting


    Employment Opportunities:

    • with BCAVTS Education: Entry-Level Welder
    • with BCAVTS Education + 2 year degree: Welding Technology
    • with BCAVTS Education + 4 year degree: Welding Technology Management, Welding Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering


    Recommended High School Courses:

    • English/Communications
    • Industrial Arts
    • Mathematics - Basic Math, Algebra I and II, Geometry
    • Computer Basics
    • Applied Sciences, Chemistry, Physics



    Industry Recognized/Providers

    • Certified Welder/American Welding Society
    • Level I-Entry Welder/American Welding Society
    • Level II-Advanced Welder/American Welding Society
    • S/P2 Welding-S/P2


    BCAVTS Additional and/or Details to Industry Recognized/Providers

    • ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
    • D1.1 (Level I)
    • FCAW Process
    • SMAW Process
    • D1.5 Bridge (Level II)
    • FCAW Process
    • SMAW Process
    • ASME PIPE (Level II/III)
    • Schedule 80 (Uphill)
    • API (American Petroleum Institute)
    • 1104 Schedule 40 (Advanced) 
    • S/P2 Soft Skills


    Articulation Agreements:

    The Welding program currently offers advanced placement opportunities with the following post-secondary schools:
    • PTC (Pittsburgh Technical College)
    • Rosedale Technical Institute
    • Triangle Tech 
    Upon successful completion of the NOCTI skill and written exams, students may receive six technology credits from Butler County Community College’s Industrial Management Technology program.