Welding Technology

A Dynamic Industry With Endless Possibilities

Welding is one of the advanced manufacturing programs offered by Community College of Philadelphia. It combines classroom and hands-on training to provide students with the fundamental skills needed to begin a high-paying career as a Welder.

Students will leave this program with the following knowledge:

  • Occupational Orientation and Safety
  • Principles of Welding
  • Welding, Drawing and Symbol Interpretation
  • Visual Examination, Inspection and Testing
  • Shielded Metal ARC Welding (SMAW)
  • Manual Oxy-fuel Gas Cutting (OFC)
  • Mechanized Oxy-fuel Gas Cutting
  • Manual Air Carbon Arc Cutting
  • Brazing and Soldering

This program content has been developed to meet the welding standards established by the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER), whose goal is to develop a safe and productive workforce by using a standardized training and credentialing program for the industry. Classes will be offered during the evening, Monday through Thursday, or during the day on Saturday. This noncredit certificate program provides academic credits that can be used towards specific credit-bearing degree program upon completion and enrollment in the credit degree program. Students are eligible for 20 college credits upon completion of this program and passing the corresponding certification exams. For more details, please view our Prior Learning Assessment.

Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to take industry certifications to validate their skills as a professional welder. (Note: The cost for certification is not included.)

Career Opportunities

A career in welding is dynamic and challenging. There are many rewarding opportunities to harness new knowledge, scientific principles and today’s most advanced technologies. From manufacturing to construction, the demand for welders is strong. Examples of entry-level jobs that utilize this training include, but are not limited to:

  • Welders
  • Cutters
  • Solderers
  • Brazers

Manufacturing has played a key role in the U.S. economic recovery in recent years. In Pennsylvania, close to 10% of the state’s workers are employed by manufacturers. The state anticipates a 13% growth for welding jobs between the years 2015-2022.

Philadelphia’s manufacturing hub produces items and goods such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, office and computing equipment, cellular and fiber-optic telecommunications, instruments, biomedical products, fabricated metal products, paper products, processed foods, clothing, petrochemicals and machinery.

The region’s Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey indicates that this industry will experience steady and continuous growth over the next few years. Manufacturers have experienced tremendous growth over the past few decades, making them more “lean” and helping them become more competitive globally.

Program Qualifications

Successful applicants will possess knowledge of geometry and have good hand-eye coordination. A math skills assessment is required for entry into the program.

Wanamaker Workforce and Economic Innovation Scholarship

This program is eligible for a Wanamaker Workforce and Economic Innovation Scholarship Opportunity.  Learn more about this competitive scholarship here. To be considered complete the application and submit your completed application packet.

Noncredit Program Refund Policy

Refunds for noncredit programs will be granted if the class is canceled or if you withdraw no later than the day before the first class. Refunds are not available after class begins. 


Training is conveniently located at the Ben Franklin High School Center for Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, 550 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, near the College’s Main Campus. The high school is accessible via the Broad Street Line’s Spring Garden subway stop.

Course Dates and Times

Date and Times Location Course Cost/Fees

Mondays - Thursdays

Dates TBD

4 – 9 p.m. 

TBD Location $6,000 

 Course Hours: 300 Hours

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