Program Overview

At Western Area CTC, we emphasize both theory and hands-on training for our Welding I and II students. This three-year program provides students the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge required for employment or attendance at a post-secondary school.  Students will learn welding skills that are in compliance with American Welding Society (AWS) standards. Because welding is a high priority occupation across the United States, program completers can look forward to employment and job security in the welding industry.

Welding Skills

Students will learn Troubleshooting, ARC Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal ARC Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Plasma Cutting (PAC), Critical Thinking, and much more in this technology. Although theory is necessary, most of this technology is hands-on learning.

Careers and Initiatives

  • Students will have the opportunity to co-op in their senior year, providing grades and attendance meet state standards
  • Discover the many career opportunities in the welding industry in Washington and surrounding counties.
  • In 2020, the average wage for a Welder was $21.25 an hour, $44,190 annually.

Post-Secondary Training Options

Western Area CTC articulates with several colleges and trade schools to provide our completers opportunity to advance their careers, including . . .

  • Community College of Allegheny County
  • Hobart Institute of Welding Technologies
  • Penn Commercial
  • Pittsburgh Technical College
  • Triangle Tech
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Lincoln Electric


  • American Welding Society: AWS D1.1 – (Structural Code)
  • American Welding Society: AWS D1.5 – (PA Department of Transportation Code)
  • ASME Information: (Pressure Vessel Code), (ASME Boiler & Vessel Code)
  • CareerSafe OSHA