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Specialized Diploma conferred

Program Narrative
Northampton's Welding program is noted for being a strong quality-oriented welding and materials program. We are proud that we have produced some of the finest welders and weld joint analyzers in the regional industry. Northampton's program emphasizes problem solving and material and joint analysis rather than simply rote welding exercises. As a result, we've earned a strong reputation and the respect of employers throughout the region.

This program will be of benefit to those who are seeking a career re-training, advancement to a supervisory position, or a career in weld inspection. It is also useful for welders in need of updated skills and certification.

Program Features
As a student in Northampton's Welding program you will gain key welding and problem solving skills. You'll also benefit from proven instructional techniques focused on analysis, gain individualized hands-on instruction, achieve a competency-based academic certification, and obtain preparation for AWS welder certification.

Your skills will be evaluated throughout each course with written exams and lab projects as well as a final comprehensive exam.

Courses can be conveniently taken during the evening in the fall, spring or summer. The program can be completed in three semesters by taking courses during the evening. All of the WELD courses can be applied as pre-requisites or technical electives in the AAS degree in Applied Quality and Standards.

View Gainful Employment information on the Welding specialized diploma.

Contact the Admissions Office at 610-861-5500 for further information.

Program Outcomes
Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrate safe welding and thermal cutting practices.
  • Produce welds that consistently meet industry, American Welding Society (AWS) and pressure vessel standards.
  • Analyze and present data in an acceptable and standardized manner.
  • Solve common weldability problems.
  • Demonstrate a basic framework of technical vocabulary and graphics interpretation applicable to the area of welding and fabrication.
  • Demonstrate observational, integrative, and synthetic skills.
  • Demonstrate the proper use and care of common welding equipment.
  • Apply basic defect prevention philosophy and techniques to achieving weld integrity.
  • Describe the key process elements and technology commonly found in industrial welding and cutting processes.

Welding Technology,
Specialized Diploma

Course Code Course Title
WELD 100 Welding Processes I
WELD 101 Welding Processes II
WELD 102 Welding Processes III
WELD 103 Welding Processes IV
WELD 115 Weld Symbol Applications
WELD 120 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Processes
WELD 121 Semiautomatic Welding Process
WELD 123 Advanced Plate Welding Processes
WELD 124 Advanced Pipe Welding Processes
Total Credits

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