•                                                WELDING



    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

          Engineer Sales


    Required Equipment/Clothing

              Steel Tip Leatherwork boots ($35-$60). 

                Leather sleeves and apron

    gloves and welding helmet are provided


    Average Earning

                Starting $9/hour up to $20/hour and beyond.


    Academic/Employability Skills

              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
                and decimals,  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.