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Introduction to Welding Technology: Gas Metal Arc & Flux Cored Arc


Length of Program:  11 Weeks

Total Hours:  140
Schedule:  3 Hours a day, Monday-Thursday, 6:00 – 10:00p.m.
Projected Start/End Dates:  Dates to be determined
Minimum class size:  6
Maximum class size: 12
Location:  Beaver County Career & Technology Center, Monaca, PA (Welding)
Cost:  $4,095 ($2,895 Tuition and $1,200 - Lab Fee)

Call 724-480-3567 to register

Questions about the program contact Diane Loverich at or 724-480-3451 

Prerequisites:  Valid Driver’s License, Must supply own steel-toed work boots

This program will prepare students for entry level welding jobs in industrial/manufacturing settings, fabrication shops, and entry into construction-related welding positions.  In Pennsylvania, welders, cutters, and fitters have been on the High Priority Occupations (HPO) demand list since 2012 until present according to the PA Department of Labor & Industry.  This course will allow students to advance at their own individual pace.  The processes covered will include beginning Gas Metal Arc (Mig) and Flux Cored Arc Welding in various positions. Students will learn safe welding practices, PPE, operations and troubleshooting of semi-automatic equipment, welding terminology, and welding symbols.  Students will be prepared to test for two widely recognized industry welding certifications. 

Upon completion of the welding program, students will be able to explain, identify, utilize, and/or perform the following: 

Introduction to Welding Technology: Gas Metal Arc & Flux Cored Arc

  • Basic Shop Math & Basic Metric System
  • Safety Fundamentals, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Manual oxy-fuel cutting operations
  • Automatic oxy-fuel cutting operations
  • Welding gauges
  • Welding power sources
  • Wire feeders
  • Welding procedure specifications
  • Welding wire specifications
  • Fillet welding
  • Groove welding
  • Welding symbols
  • Oxy-fuel assembly and operation
  • Joint design and construction
  • Set up of welding machines
  • Use of jigs and fixtures
  • Uses of Flux Cored Arc Welding and Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Apply techniques using semi-automatic equipment in all welding positions
  • GMAW Short Circuiting - flat, horizontal, vertical down, vertical up, overhead bends
  • GMAW Spray – flat, horizontal
  • FCAW – flat, horizontal, vertical up, overhead
  • Carbon Arc Cutting - Air
  • Preparation for 3G Flux Cored Arc Certification & 1G Gas Metal Arc Certification