Welding and Metal Fabrication I
Prerequisite: Min 2.0 GPA; 90% attendance record; reading, writing, & math at
10th grade level.
Recommended: Students should take basic drafting and metals
classes if they are available at their high school.
This course is the first year of a two-year program that prepares students to meet
the American Welding Society’s entry-level employment requirements or pursue
post-secondary training. Laboratory work includes basic flame cutting, oxy-fuel
welding and shield metal arc welding of mild steels. Classroom instruction covers
welding theory, terminology, techniques, measuring and mathematics. Safety, work
ethic, and employability skills are emphasized at all times.
Expectations: Students must supply their own protective cotton clothing (a long-sleeved work shirts,
welding cap, above-the-ankle leather work boots, and jeans or coveralls in good
condition). Students who wear glasses are recommended to purchase prescription
safety glasses. Students are responsible to replace any equipment initially supplied
by the school, such as gloves, helmet, goggles, pliers, etc. Student fees will range
from $100 - $140 based on projects during class.
Welding and Metal Fabrication II
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Welding / Metal Fabrication I with a grade
of C or better and 90% attendance.
This class is the second year of a two-year program that prepares students to
meet the American Welding Society’s entry-level employment requirements or
pursue post-secondary training. Major units of study include advanced shielded
metal arc welding (structural and pipe), plus gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten
arc welding and plasma arc cutting on carbon, stainless steel and aluminum.
Classroom instruction covers advanced welding theory, blueprint reading, and
layout and fit-up. Safety, work ethic, employability skills, quality of work and pride
in workmanship are emphasized at all times.
Expectations: Students considering a career in welding should plan to purchase their own welding tools and supplies for use in the program. The cost of these items is approximately $150. Additional
expectations are noted in Welding/Metal Fabrication I.