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Welding technology is an integral part of many construction type activities both in the manufacturing sector and civil construction field. The field depends upon a blend of knowledge, combining the chemistry of materials, an understanding of physics, and good hand and eye coordination. Students in the program master welding skills by working on the same state-of-the-art equipment found in industry.

Welding processes taught include: shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) of steel and stainless steel plate and pipe; gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) of steel, stainless steel, and aluminum plate and pipe; gas metal arc welding (GMAW) of steel and aluminum plate and pipe; flux cored arc welding (FCAW) of steel plate; and submerged arc welding (SAW) of steel plate.

Associated processes taught include: plasma arc cutting (PAC); oxy-acetylene cutting (OAC); and air carbon arc cutting and gouging (CAC-A). Students also learn about welding metallurgy, non-destructive and destructive testing examination methods, welding codes, welding symbols and blueprint reading, shielding and purge gases, and welding distortion. Safety is emphasized in all laboratory courses.

JCC’s welding technology program focuses on the applied aspects of science and engineering and involves understanding welding and welding applications – as well as the development of critical welding skills.

Facilities and Equipment
Students enrolling in JCC’s welding technology program have the following available:

  • The Manufacturing Technology Institute’s numerous state-of-the-art welders for shielded metal arc welding (stick), gas metal arc welding (MIG), and gas tungsten arc welding (TIG) instruction.
  • Lincoln Pro-cut 80 plasma cutter.
  • The Manufacturing Technology Institute’s fully equipped machine shop, including manual mills and lathes; CNC Haas SL-20 lathe featuring live tooling; CNC Haas Mini Mill Vertical Machining Center; CNC Haas Tool Room Mill; Acu-Rite Millpower automated knee mill; Accurpress 7606 50-ton six foot CNC press brake; a shear; an ironworker, etc.
  • Materials testing lab
  • Fully equipped physics lab
  • Computer facilities located throughout the campus
  • Modern classrooms

Career Opportunities
With a career track degree, possible careers include welding technician, welding supervisor, inspector, and sales engineer. The welding technology program prepares students for technician level positions involved in a wide range of welding applications, from production or maintenance, to testing and improving welding processes, procedures, and equipment.

Students graduating with a welding technology degree typically will be involved in the following career areas:

  • Manufacturing
  • Test and evaluation
  • Routine design
  • Production
  • Operation, service, and maintenance
  • Distribution and sales

Transfer Opportunities
Students may also use this degree as a foundation for transfer into related bachelor’s degree programs. These opportunities include the welding engineering technology bachelor’s degree programs at Ferris Sate University. There are also opportunities to pursue graduate work, to the doctorate level, at institutions such as the Colorado School of Mines.

U.S Department of Labor statistics indicated that 300,000 Americans who were involved in some type of welding for American industry retired from the skilled workforce in 2003. The aging workforce in the area of welding technologies is a major threat to the U.S. economy and few programs can educate and train high tech welders. An inadequate number of skilled workers dramatically impacts America’s ability to compete in international markets and halt the flow of good paying jobs overseas.

Research data from the New York State Department of Labor indicates the average annual need for high tech welders at around 4000 for the period 2002-2012. These 4000 high tech jobs include about 600 for western New York, including Chautauqua County. These projections are conservative and could be considerably greater if New York state and western New York companies are successful at being competitive in their respective manufacturing areas.

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