Associated Certification Available through NCCER (Core and Level 1 Welding)
The Welding program offers students the opportunity to learn the art of Shielded Metal Arc, Mig, and Tig Welding. The program also includes Oxy-acetylene Welding, Cutting and Plasma Arc Cutting processes. Classroom theory topics cover safety, varied welding processes, as well as blueprint reading and basic metallurgy.
Level 1 begins the training in the oxy-acetylene and shielded metal arc welding processes. Throughout the program, the emphasis is placed on all aspects of welding safety. Reading and writing assignments, classroom lectures, and shop demonstrations are used to help bridge theory to the performance of welding processes and related topics. Students perform torch fusion welding, MIG Welding, and basic Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW). Students also experience the processes of cutting metal using the oxy-acetylene cutting torch and the plasma arc cutting system.
Instruction and practice allow level 2 students to advance their skills in the SMAW process including performing out-of-position welding. They train in the Mig welding process using both solid core and flux core welding wire. Students also begin the Tig process by welding carbon steel, aluminum, and stainless steel. Theory instruction includes basic metallurgy, blueprint reading, and the knowledge and use of weld symbols.
Students will be certified by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) in both Welding Curriculum and Core Curriculum. Students also have the opportunity to become certified in structural steel welding through AWS DI-1 Welding Certification.