As demand for experienced welders has increased, Pittsburgh Technical Institute will welcome its first class of welding students in a new 21-month associate of science degree program.
PTI said the program offers expanded welding training for the pipe and structural industries, as well as professional development courses.
“Our welding programs respond to industry needs,” Robert Rossell, academic chair of PTI’s School of Trades Technology, said in a statement .
Rossell said PTI’s Welding Technology certificate program, which was launched in 2012, has been in high demand because the need for skilled welders in western Pennsylvania has increased with the development of the Marcellus Shale. In addition to serving needs for the energy industry, Rossell said Pennsylvania’s aging infrastructure is also placing pressure on the supply of welders.