Welding Technology

Equipment List

Proper protective clothing, equipment and tools are required to work in the welding shop. Check online for local welding suppliers. Be sure to let them know that you’re a student at PCC, as many of them give you a 10% discount or better.

Required tool list for welding students

All equipment below is required. You will need some tools by the second day of class for most shifts. Other tools you can purchase later in the term.

1. Required by the second day of class:
Personal Protective Equipment:
  • Auto darkening variable lens welding hood/helmet
  • 10 clear plastic cover lenses PER TERM - these need to be matching or appropriate for
    the hood you purchase. Some hoods take the same size/type lens inside and out; some
    have different size lens for inside and out – make sure you have both for your hood
  • Safety glasses
  • Cotton workclothes, coveralls recommended
  • Leather boots above the ankle, steel-toed work boots encouraged
  • 4 pairs per term of leather gloves for SMAW (“stick”) and FCAW (gauntlet style)
  • 100 sets of ear plugs per term
  • Cotton welders cap
  • Combination square – 12" recommended size
  • 2 Vise-grip pliers, recommended size 9R
  • 12 Ft tape measure
  • Slag Hammer
  • Wire brush – "standard" size
  • Three ring binder or something for keeping welding packets and materials in
  • MIG Welpers – Standard size

2. Required tools to purchased later:

These tools may be purchased later in the term or when you take a specific class.

Personal Protective Equipment:
  • Leather welder’s jacket or sleeves
  • Leather neck protector, optional
  • Respirator and matching particulate filters
  • Full size Cutting shield with #5 filter lens
  • For all students taking GMAW classes: Pair leather GMAW gloves (gauntlet type)
  • For all students taking GTAW or TIG classes: Pair TIG gloves (gauntlet type)
  • Non-solar calculator, nothing fancy, does not need to be scientific, definitely not a graphing calculator
  • Flashlight – pocket size
  • 24-inch framing square
  • 4 11R Vise-Grip clamps
  • 12” adjustable wrench (crescent wrench)
  • Soapstone with soapstone holder
  • Two 4-inch C-clamps
  • Set of tip cleaners
  • Hammer, 2 lb. Blacksmith
  • Triple flint striker
  • 6” speed square
  • 2 corner magnets
  • 2 grinders 4.5”
  • 6 grinding disks 4.5”
  • 3 wire wheels 4.5”
  • 3 sanding disks 4.5”
  • Cold chisel and center punch set
  • Toolbox (Suggested size: 28 x 12 x 12”) with standard size padlock
  • For all students taking Pipe classes: Pipe Liner file, 12” half-round