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Welding Technology

Diploma in Erie, PA

You are looking to fuse a hands-on career with a rewarding job fixing and creating things people need for everyday life. You don’t mind breaking a sweat and you stay cool when things get a little hot. Welding is for you.

Program Length: Less than a year1
Format: On-Campus
Course Length: 6 Weeks
Average Class Size: 25 or Less
Job Outlook: As Fast as Average2

Did you know that more than 50% of all man-made products rely on some form of welding? Transportation (trains, cars, trucks, and planes), buildings, homes, computers and factories all rely upon a form of welding for their construction. Welders use handheld or remote-controlled equipment to join or cut metal parts (both small and large). Welders build new items and fix broken ones using this specialized equipment.

There’s a manufacturing resurgence3 in the United States, and that is creating new demand for trained welding technicians. As a welder, you’ll be trained to work in a variety of environments, including indoors, outdoors, in a workshop, a factory, on the road, on a pipeline, up high on scaffolding or a stadium, in the ocean, or even on a racecar team or cruise ship.

IMBC’s Welding Technology program can help welders of all skill levels succeed – from those just entering the field to seasoned veterans. Students will start with basic welding applications and then proceed to more advanced, sophisticated welding techniques including mig, tig, pipe, and structural metal welding. Courses also include CNC plasma, destructive and non-destructive testing, and quality control to ensure that students have a thorough understanding of the field of welding and its applications across a variety of work settings. Our welding program also includes safety and occupational health training so that students become familiar with the safety procedures and regulations governing welding and welding environments.

The welding technology program does not require an internship. However, IMBC partners with global organizations such as the American Welding Society and Lincoln Electric to bring a high-quality welding experience to each student.

Finally, upon the successful completion of your program, you will be prepared to seek two certifications to demonstrate your mastery of the course material: the SMAW and FCAW certifications. The costs of the professional certification exams are included in your program. Certification exams are not required for employment; however, employers understand students passing voluntary, third-party, certification exams validate their competencies, skills, and abilities in the specialized field of study. IMBC believes students passing certification exams have a more competitive employment advantage for being hired over students with no certification.

Typical courses in the Welding Technology Diploma Program:

Required Courses

  • Oxy-Fuel Welding Fundamentals and Safety
  • Oxy-Fuel Welding Methods and Practices
  • Safety in Welding, Cutting and Allied Processes
  • SMAW Fundamentals and Safety
  • SMAW Methods and Practices
  • SMAW Advanced Procedures
  • Certified SMAW
  • GMAW Fundamentals and Safety
  • GMAW Methods and Practices
  • FCAW Fundamentals and Safety
  • Certified FCAW
  • GTAW Fundamentals and Safety
  • GTAW Methods and Practices
  • Welding Review
  • Math for Trades
  • Professional Development

Top questions about the Welding Technology training program and career outcomes:

  1. What does a Welding Technician do?
    Welders or welding technicians, use handheld or remote-controlled equipment to join or cut metal parts (both small and large). Welders build new items and fix broken ones using this specialized equipment.
  2. What types of places does a Welding Technician work at?
    Welding technicians or welders work at a variety of places, including: f
    abrication shops; manufacturing / factories; automotive, including performance and racing; shipping, including leisure (cruises); building and commercial construction; and field work (pipelines, etc.)
  3. Do Welding Technicians work with customers?
    In some cases, a welding technician might work with a customer, depending on the type of business you are employed at and the type of work you will be performing.
  4. How long is the Welding Technology diploma program?
    Most students typically complete the Welding Technician program in less than a year. 
    However, your actual time will vary depending on your academic progress, success, the number of courses you take and other factors.
  5. What should I look for in a top school for Welding Technology training?
    Consider your options carefully by ensuring your school is accredited to ensure the program meets generally accepted academic standards. Look for a school that fits your schedule, work-life balance, and can provide you the support you need such as tutoring and career services. And finally, find out if your school will prepare you for taking any necessary certifications as well as cover those exam costs.
  6. What is the internship for the Welding Technology training?
    The welding technology program does not require an internship. However, IMBC partners with global organizations such as the American Welding Society and Lincoln Electric to bring a high-quality welding experience to each student.
  7. What is the certification exam in the Welding Technology program?
    Upon the successful completion of your program, you will be prepared to seek two certifications to demonstrate your mastery of the course material: the SMAW and FCAW certifications. The cost of the certifications are included in your program at IMBC.

Graduates of this program are prepared to seek entry-level employment as a Welding Technician in the following types of organizations:

  • Fabrication shops
  • Manufacturing / factories
  • Automotive, including performance and racing
  • Shipping, including leisure (cruises)
  • Building and commercial construction
  • Field work (pipelines, etc.)

Some employers and internship sites may require a criminal background check and / or drug testing.  Students may need to relocate to obtain gainful employment.

Students are encouraged to take certification exams upon the successful completion of their program. The costs of the professional certification exams are included in you program. Certification exams are not required for employment; however, employers understand students passing voluntary, third-party, certification exams validate their competencies, skills, and abilities in the specialized field of study. IMBC believes students passing certification exams have a more competitive employment advantage for being hired over students with no certification.

According to the US Bureau of Labor and Education4, it is expected that 22,200 new jobs in this field will be created between 2016 and 2026. As of 2016, there were approximately 404,800 people employed in this field.

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By submitting the information you have provided, you agree that IMBC or its authorized agents may contact you by phone, email, and text message via automated systems to provide you with information about training opportunities at the phone numbers you provided above, including any wireless number(s). You are under no obligation to consent to automated contact to enroll. Alternatively to submitting this form you may call us at 855.773.0758. Note that all calls are recorded for quality assurance.

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  1. This figure represents the typical length a program takes to complete. However, your actual program completion time may vary based upon your academic progress, course progression and any breaks.
  2. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
  3. http://mfgren.org/
  4. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/welders-cutters-solderers-and-brazers.htm