Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Welding Classes


Welding Certificate Program
Welding is an extremely important aspect in the architecture of buildings, ships, bridges, and more. The opportunities for qualified welders are great, reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The College has designed a 225-hour hands-on training program that delivers an introduction to welding and training in Oxyfuel cutting (OFC), SMAW (shielded metal arc welding), GMAW (gas metal arc welding), Blueprint reading and basic fabrication. These skills are in high demand in today’s workplace. 

PDS 9827 / Length: 225 hours
Cost: $3,999


Intro to Welding Processes
Provides trainees with relevant theory in oxy-fuel welding and cutting, shielded metallic arc welding and their applications. Also discussed is proper selection of power sources and settings, welding electrodes, shielding gases, joint configuration, safety and welding procedures. This course includes a lecture period, followed by a practical application or lab exercise that demonstrates the topics presented.

PDS 9799 / Length: 45 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $460; Non-Sponsoring: $480

CRN 553 Tues & Thurs
May 21-June 27
8-11:45 a.m. Marple
CRN 554 Saturdays
June 1-July 27
8 a.m.-1:40 p.m. Marple

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW-Mig)
Covers GMAW equipment set-up and operation. The theory of gas metal arc welding is applied to mild steel and plate steel in all positions. Introduces single- and multi-phase welds using a variety of electrode (wire) diameters. Also covers the application of gas metal-arc welding theory to non-ferrous materials and their alloys. Various modes of metal transfer are addressed. Includes lecture followed by a practical application.

PDS 9805 / Length: 45 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $460; Non-Sponsoring $480

CRN 555 Wednesdays
May 22-August 7
6-9:45 p.m. Marple
CRN 282 Mon & Wed
July 1-August 7
12:15-4 p.m. Marple

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW-Tig)
Covers various types of tungsten electrodes, tolerances, color codes, and commonly used welding machines and polarity. Focuses on gas tungsten arc welding in various positions using ferrous sheet and plate, and welding gases used in GTAW processes. Includes lecture followed by a practical application.

PDS 9806 / Length: 45 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $460; Non-Sponsoring $480

CRN 448 Tuesdays
May 21-August 6
6-9:45 p.m. Marple

Welding Codes & Specifications
This course covers welding codes and their applications. Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to: Explain welding codes and their use. Use welding specifications. Apply proper use of A.P.I., A.W.S., and A.M.E. codes.

PDS 9828/ Length: 45 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $460; Non-Sponsoring $480


Shielded Metal Arc Welding I (SMAW)
Covers the principles of electric arc welding using electrodes 6010, 6011, 6012, and 6013 in the flat position, correct angles and methods. Also covers effects of current settings, arc lengths, electrode angles and electrode manipulation on the quality of weld joint. Welding in horizontal, vertical and overhead positions is taught. Includes a lecture period, followed by a practical application.

PDS 9803 / Length: 45 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $460; Non-Sponsoring: $480

CRN 209 Mon & Wed
May 20-June 26
Noon-4 p.m. Marple
CRN 192 Tues & Thurs
July 2-August 8 (No class 7/4)
8 a.m.-Noon Marple

Shielded Metal Arc Welding II
This course covers effects of current settings, arc lengths, electrode angles and electrode manipulation on the quality of weld joint. Welding in horizontal, vertical and overhead positions is taught. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: state the effects of current settings on the weld, control electrodes in the correct manner, weld in vertical, overhead, and horizontal positions using 6010 and 6011, 6012 and 6013 electrodes.

PDS 9804 / Length: 45 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $460; Non-Sponsoring $480


Intro: Oxy-Fuel Welding & Cutting
Emphasis on fuel gases, welding and cutting equipment. Covers advantages and disadvantages of fuel gases; maintenance of oxy-fuel welding set; demonstrates lighting, adjusting, and extinguishing an oxy-fuel flare; and using an oxy-fuel cutting torch.

PDS 9798 / Length 45 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $460; Non-Sponsoring: $480


Print Reading & Shop Math for Fabricators
This course will demonstrate how to locate, interpret, and utilize welding symbols, measurements, lines and other information found on working drawings, blueprints and technical documents. Upon successful completion of this workforce development course, students will be able to interpret technical drawings, sketches, and blueprints and make measurements (in both the U.S. Conventional System and the International System) and make mathematical calculations using the measurements to accomplish fabrication requirements. These are basic skills necessary for entry-level employment in the manufacturing industry.

PDS 9990 / Length 45 hours
Cost: Sponsoring $460; Non-Sponsoring: $480