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The Benefits of Welding School

October 5th, 2023
Welder wearing protective face mask repairs equipment in production facility

Welding school is an exciting program offered at your local vocational school, Pennco tech Bristol campus, that can positively change your career trajectory. Those new to trade careers may have a vision of a welder wearing protective clothing and using a torch to join metal structures. While this image is accurate, welders can work with many different materials and methods to repair equipment, construct buildings, connect pipes for water systems, and maintain assembly line functions. Pennco Tech offers a welding program for students in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that prepares them for entry-level positions working in the field.

Good Wages and Employability

This occupation is in steady demand, and welding school can lead to a well-paid career. Manufacturing processes often include welding, and this work is essential to boosting product inventory, keeping trucks and fleets rolling, and maintaining transportation routes. Welding jobs and careers include the following:

  • Industrial boilermakers
  • Robotic welding technicians
  • Pipefitters
  • Fabricators
  • Sheet metal workers
  • Master plumbers
  • Ironworkers
  • Auto body welders
  • Tool and die makers
  • Master jewelers
  • Maintenance and repair crews
  • MIG (metal inert gas) welders
  • Oil- and gas-industry welders
  • Welding inspectors
  • Self-employed welders

There are a variety of skills associated with welding. These jobs require familiarity with materials, physical strength, manual dexterity, and a high degree of concentration. Many welding jobs require stamina, as well. These construction professionals read blueprints and sketches, make calculations, and maintain their own equipment.

Welding School for Industrial Careers

Many employers require technical training. Completing a welding school program ensures that students receive important safety training and a firm grounding in the basic skills necessary to start a welding career. At Pennco Tech, students learn about electricity, blueprint reading, and four types of welding processes. They receive instruction on how to maintain equipment, how to understand welding symbols, and how to identify appropriate designs and materials. Because welding is a skill used across many industrial sectors and for a variety of purposes, there are great benefits to gaining a solid introduction in welding school.

Quality Training at Pennco Tech

Another benefit to attending welding school at Pennco Tech is our approach to hands-on learning. In trade careers, experience counts. As outlined in the catalog, our welding program is divided into two 450-clock-hour sections, Welding Fundamentals followed by Advanced Welding. Students learn to weld plates in horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions. Working with qualified instructors, they can learn working knowledge in welding for construction, fabrication, and plant maintenance environments. The courses also include basic preparation for entry-level structural and pipe-related projects.

The second term of the welding program continues providing students opportunities to use their hands and develop skills. Students who successfully complete the welding program at Pennco Tech will understand the following welding procedures:

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW/MIG)
  • Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Gas Welding (GTAW/TIG)

A few of the job titles that students may qualify for after graduation include welder-helper, welder, brazer, cutter, fabrication welder, fitter/welder, industrial and maintenance welder, shielded metal arc welder, and solderer. In addition, instructors introduce students to the American Welding Society certification process.

Career Services at Pennco Tech

Every student at Pennco Tech can benefit from our Career Services department. The staff provides excellent resources for students who want to prepare for employment in their chosen fields. From admission to alumni status, we can help you learn how to network, prepare resumes, practice interview skills, and customize job search strategies. We have experience with job searching for trade careers and want to help our students and alumni find employment that meets their career goals.

Pennco Tech welcomes a diversity of students, and we provide resources for veterans and high school seniors. Our Girl Power at Pennco Tech initiative is dedicated to helping create places for women in trade careers. Everyone can take advantage of our unique combination of classroom learning and hands-on teaching to prepare for gainful employment in industry.

Financial Aid Available at Pennco Tech

Over 80 percent of the student body at Pennco Tech is eligible for financial aid. Professional staff can help walk new students through the process of applying for funding to help them pay for welding school and other trade career programs.

Enroll at Pennco Tech for Welding School

The welding school program at Pennco Tech is offered on our Bristol campus in Pennsylvania. Now is the time to pursue a career in welding. Infrastructure is being rebuilt and industrial processes are adapting to new technologies across the U.S. Discover this well-paid, satisfying work and start a new career. Contact us today.

‘I got it!!!!!I got it!’, Anthony said as he raced into the Career Services Office. He was talking about his new job. Hired by a former graduate of Pennco Tech, Anthony will begin his new career with a two-day OSHA training course.

Anthony Z. - Air Conditioning/Heating Graduate

I enjoyed all my teachers. They made it interesting and challenging. I enjoyed going back to school at the age of 48! Career Services was a big help to me. Danielle was great. She helped me with my resume and showed me how to apply. I got the job with Dietz and Watson! Pennco Tech was the right choice for me as I get ready to start my career.

Mark E. - Electrician Graduate

I just wanted to say thank you again for all your help…I just got a full time job at Kennedy Healthcare in Stratford, NJ as a Patient Services Representative. Thank you again.

Maria Z. - Medical Assisting Administrative Graduate