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Welding Student

Welding Technology

Welding Technology Program

This program is available to current high school students tuition free. Click to learn more.

Welding Technology offers individuals independent training about contemporary processes and techniques used in welding.  Welding serves industry in areas such as construction, manufacturing, and engineering.  The program offers virtually all the welding and cutting processes used in production and repair in today’s industry.  The equipment used, fundamentals of operation, and techniques recommended for all of the welding, cutting, and grinding that are commercially used are demonstrated and student applied within the lab.

Limited welding codes and specifications are introduced in producing a safe product.  The codes and specifications that are available are only guidelines for general manufacturers.  This in turn dictates the weld procedure specification required for each essential variable.  Gas pressure, tip sizes, welding speeds, amperage and voltage setting, wire feed rates, electrode sizes, and inert gas selections are just some of the training arenas that the student is introduced to for a welding technician career.  Welding technicians should be able to work in a variety of weather conditions.

Areas of Training

  • Orientation & Workplace Skills
  • Blueprint -- Welding Symbols
  • (SMAW) Arc Welding (Steel Pipe)
  • (GTAW) Tig Welding (Steel/Stainless Steel Pipe)
  • Shop Math & Communication Skills
  • Oxy-Acetylene-Plasma Cutting
  • (GMAW) Mig Welding (Steel Pipe)
  • (GMAW) Fluxcore-Metalcore Welding
  • On-The-Job Training (OJT or Equivalent)

Advanced Training

  • Restricted Access Pipe Welding
  • Advanced Fabrication
  • (SMAW), (GMAW), (GTAW), (FCAW)
  • Math & Communication Skills
  • On-The-Job Training (OJT or Equivalent)

Employment opportunities for men and women in welding include:

  • Welding Shops
  • Manufacturers of Metal Products
  • Piping/Structural Contractors
  • Automobile/Aircraft Manufacturers
  • Repair & Maintenance Services
  • Building/Construction Contractors

The Job

Pipe Welder

Welding is a specialized technique used for joining metallic parts usually through the application of heat.  Modern fusion welding processes are an outgrowth of the need to obtain a continuous joint on steel plates.  In fusing welding, a heat source generates sufficient heat to create and maintain a molten pool of metal of the required size.  A welding technician must have the required ability and talent to perform any welding process.  Working independently, time and expertise must be responsible and well-managed.  Good interpersonal skills for interacting with a welding crew are critical.