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Many trades employ welding skills. Employment prospects in the Portland area are strong. The Oregon Employment Department forecasts over 250 welding job openings per year through 2027.

Why choose Welding Technology at PCC?


The Oregon Employment Department reports that Portland area welders earn between $19.44 to $32.57 per hour. The average annual salary is $54,067.

Our welding faculty are dedicated teachers with real-world experience. You will learn in facilities developed to teach you the hands-on skills employers seek.

The PCC Welding program offers flexible scheduling with an open-entry/open-exit, self-paced format. This allows you to register for full or part-time instruction by using our weld shop waitlist.

What will you learn?

Class information
    • GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding)
    • GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding)
    • FCAW (Flux-Cored Arc Welding)
    • Maritime welding
    • Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)
    • OAC (Oxy-Acetylene Cutting)
    • OAW (Oxy-Acetylene Welding)
    • PAC (Plasma-Arc Cutting)
    • Stick welding
    • SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding)
    • TIG welding
    • Structural steel codes
    • Wire welding

    What will you do?

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    Here are some trades that use welding:

    • Diesel mechanics
    • Fabrication
    • Glazing
    • Manufacturing
    • Marine construction
    • Millwright
    • Pile buck
    • Pipe fitting
    • Sculpture
    • Sheet metal
    • Steam fitting
    • Welding inspection

    Where PCC grads are employed

    You may work for shipyards, manufacturers, contractors, government firms requiring maintenance mechanics, and repair shops. Graduates of PCC’s program have found positions with such firms as:

    • Cascade General
    • Coastal Trailer
    • Columbia Corp.
    • Davis Tool
    • Freightliner
    • Gunderson Inc.
    • H&W Metals
    • Harris Thermal Transfer
    • Madden Industrial Craftsman
    • Oregon Iron Works
    • Vigor Marine
    • Sheet Metal Local #16

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