Students who enter the Welding Technology program can acquire an abundance of useful skills that will aid them in multiple trade areas. Many people who never intend to make welding a profession take welding courses to gain a valuable skill used in their own area of work. Plumbers often use a welding torch. Auto workers frequently utilize welding skills for auto body work. Even farmers benefit from welding skills by repairing their own tools and equipment, thus saving money. Welding Technology students develop skills in a variety of areas such as: shielded metal arc, tungsten inert gas (TIG), metal inert gas (MIG), and oxy-fuel welding techniques. Through the use of blueprints and development of layout procedures, students also learn to make multi-positional, high quality welds on a variety of metals.
Successful graduates can go directly to work as steel or ironworker apprentices. They may also work as an arc welder, certified welder, flame gutter, gas welder, welding engineer, welding mechanic, or welding inspector. The program serves as a foundation for many other career fields such as aviation, construction, auto body repair, and engineering. Students may also choose to enroll in college or other post-secondary institutions for further training. Upon successful completion, students can receive American Welding Society (AWS) Entry Level Certification.
- Students actively participate in the American Welding Society (AWS)
- SCVTS has direct employment partnerships with M. Davis & Sons, Inc. in Wilmington, Del. and William A. Schmidt & Sons, Inc. in Chester, Pa.
- Students who earn a welding certificate from SCVTS can also pursue diving certification through post-secondary training and work as an underwater welder (Starting wages for underwater welders begin at $110.00 per hour)
- The Welding Technology program is among the school’s most popular offerings, with full enrollment guaranteed almost every year