Welding and Metal Fabrication

Over the course of this two-year program, students will learn many different types of welding practices, shop safety and metal fabrication skills. Students will be challenged with planning and building projects for themselves and others. Students will learn the skills needed to find employment after graduation or be successful in a post secondary setting.

In a world that depends so much upon metal, this is an important field of work to consider. Millions of products are made of metal, from the simple paper clip on up to the complex space shuttle. Welding and metal fabrication are essential to our way of life. This program will enable students to develop the skills necessary to find employment and succeed in the welding and metal working field. Students will learn to weld sheet metal, plate, and tubing in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions using the SMAW (Stick-Arc), GMAW (MIG), and GTAW (TIG) processes, on carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Students will learn to design, plan jobs, read drawings, lay out, fit, plasma and oxy-fuel cut, grind, shear, punch, drill and bend for both class and personal projects. Shop safety, problem-solving, professionalism, teamwork, product quality and work ethic are stressed.

Welding & Metal Manufacturing II

Having acquired the basic skills and knowledge in their first year, returning students will be able to further develop their welding, fabrication, and associated skills and knowledge through more advanced assignments including GTAW (TIG) processes, on carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum and plasma project work suited to their expressed areas of interest (specialty). For some, this will include preparation and testing for specific American Welding Society (AWS) certification. Through outreach with the business community, students seeking employment in the trade will be assisted in their search.