Program provides training in the most common welding and cutting techniques: shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, oxyacetylene welding, oxy fuel cutting and plasma cutting. In most welding applications, filler materials are melted and added to the weld puddle to give the joint greater strength. It is the job of the welder to control the amount of heat and the size of the melted area, and to add the proper amount of filler material in order to form a strong joint. Students learn use of welding tools, materials, safety procedures, layout and fit-up of materials and pike.
Future Jobs/Career Paths
- Track Welder
- Production Welder
- Welder Assembler
- Welder Fitter
- Maintenance Welder
- Underwater Welder
- Owner/Operator Welder
- Welding Foreman, Technician
Steel Tip Leatherwork boots ($35-$60).
Leather sleeves and apron
gloves and welding helmet are provided
Starting $9/hour up to $20/hour and beyond.
Physical Skills: Be able to lift approximately 50 pounds and bend at the knees and waist without
difficulty. Exhibit physical skills such as walking, standing, lifting, climbing, carrying, and
bending/possess good vision, speech, and fine motor skills; have average ability to concentration
detailed work for long periods.
Mathematical Skills: Convert and or perform practical applications involving fractions
percentages, measurement, ratios, and proportion and metric conversion.
Calculate surface area, volume, weights, measure, and circumference. Understand square
roots and radicals, properties of angles, essentials of trigonometry, and proper use of
all measuring devices used in the career area.
Language/English Skills: Read a variety of magazines, newspapers, trade-related
technical manuals, and encyclopedias. Read safety rules, instructions in the use
and maintenance of shop tools and equipment, and proper job procedures. Write
reports with proper format.
Science Skills: No specific science requirements. Recommend students take Physical Science,
Principles of Technology, and /or Physics.
Related Post-Secondary Opportunities
Graduates enjoy the Associate and Baccalaureate opportunities offered by:
Four-year apprenticeship program. Additional trade-related studies and advanced
skill training courses available through post-secondary trade schools and
extension programs. Two-year Associate or four year Welding engineer Degree available.