Welding Technology

Welding Technology

Location: West Campus (Leesport)          Instructor: Riley Fusselman & Dustin Trumbore                                CIP Code: 48.0508

Welding is a profession that is needed from on top of the world’s tallest buildings to the depths of the ocean floor. Welding is used in many industries including construction, manufacturing, aerospace, petroleum, agriculture, and the military. Due to this fact, welding is an important part of the U.S. economy and employers have a strong need for skilled welders.

Students in the Welding program learn the welding standards established by the American Welding Society (AWS) using the latest equipment in a state-of-the-art lab. Welding at BCTC is also an AWS SENSE (School Excelling through National skill Standards Education) program.

Students will learn to fabricate or repair metal using electric arc welding. Students also receive training in shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding, as well as oxyacetylene cutting/welding. Students will also have hands on experience using pulse welding technology and a CNC controlled plasma table to create projects.

Emphasis is placed on the related skills of blueprint and welding symbol reading, as well as fabrication and layout procedures. Students use AWS blueprints to layout and fabricate modules to achieve an AWS SENSE certification.

Graduates of this program can work in several areas of the welding field. Welding employment opportunities are very diverse and skilled welders may be able to choose from a variety of job prospects both nationally and internationally.

Students may also pursue advanced studies at the post-secondary level in fields such as metallurgy, welding engineering technology, quality control and inspection.

Industry Certifications:

Certified Welder (AWS)
Level I – Entry Welder (AWS)
OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

· One Navy Long Sleeve Tee Shirt with BCTC LogoOPTIONAL:
· Charcoal Crewneck Sweatshirt with BCTC Logo
· Cotton blue jeans, khakis/cargo pants, dress pants – proper fitting and no holes Steel toed, all-leather work boots, min. of 8″ laced and tied (Measure by placing ruler inside the boot) · Safety glasses w/side shields provided by BCTC

· All-cotton Welder’s cap


The link provided for each book title will take you to Amazon.com.  Please note that you are NOT required to purchase the books from Amazon.  You may purchase the books from any vendor.

Welding Fundamentals  (6th Edition) (Textbook) – by William A. Bowditch, Kevin E. Bowditch, Mark A. Bowditch

ISBN #: 978-1645646938

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Steel toe, all-leather work boots, minimum of 8″ laced and tied. (Measure boot by placing ruler inside the boot) 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
Cutting Goggles 1 Level 1 $10.00 Airgas
Welding Jacket – Size L or XXL 1 Level 1 $29.00 (Large), $32.00 (XX-Large) Airgas
Welding Helmet (#10 Lens Included) 1 Level 1 $22.00 Airgas
Atlas Chipping Hammer – Wire Handle 1 Level 1 $5.00 Airgas
Flint Spark Lighter 1 Level 1 $3.00 Airgas
Reversible Welders Cap – Cotton 1 Level 1 $8.00 Airgas
Tip Cleaners 1 Level 1 $3.00 Airgas
Wire Brush 1 Level 1 $2.00 Airgas
25′ Tape Measure 1 Level 1 $9.00 Airgas
Vise Grips 1 Level 1 $13.00 Airgas
Combination Square 1 Level 1 $13.00 Airgas
Leather Welding Gloves – Large 1 Level 1 $10.00 Airgas
Welpers 1 Level 1 $20.00 Airgas

* BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.

AWS Educational Institution Member
Welding Technology

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • Reading at grade level
  • Algebra I or Geometry
  • Problem solving/troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Mechanical aptitude

Career Pathways:

  • Structural Metal Fabricator & Fitter
  • Welder Fitter
  • Production Workers
  • Certified Welding Inspector
  • Welding Engineer
  • Welding Instructor
  • Quality Control/Quality Assurance Technician