Welding and Cutting

Program at a Glance

The Welding and Cutting Program at Pearl River Community College is designed to lead to a Career Certificate, Technical Certificate or an Associates of Applied Science Degree.

  • The Welding and Cutting Program is designed to prepare the student for entry-level employment in the field of welding and cutting.
  • Welding is utilized in manufacturing, structural construction, pipeline construction, offshore industry, custom job shops, and is an important part of many businesses.
  • During this program of study, student may earn National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) credentials and 10 Hour OSHA Card.
  • The curriculum includes Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Pipe Welding, Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC), Carbon Arc Cutting, Oxyfuel Cutting, and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). The student will learn safety in all aspects of welding and cutting.

What can I expect from a career in Welding?

According to the US Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/welders-cutters-solderers-and-brazers.htm, Employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2012 to 2022 nationally. Despite slower-than-average employment growth, skilled welders with up-to-date training should have good job opportunities. The median annual wage for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers was $36,300 or 17.45 per hour in May 2012.

For additional career information: Department of Labor Occupational Outlook: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/