Welding

Welding (900 Clock-Hour Certificate)

Welding is a 900-hour program training in the areas of shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, gas tungsten, thermal cutting including CNC plasma as well as blueprint reading, metallurgy, fabrications, welding symbols and shop-related equipment. The welding program involves learning safe working habits, terminologies, basic and advanced welding in all positions and various metal cutting processes.  Welding is now certified through NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research).

Certifications can be attained through the American Welding Society on Plate and Pipe in addition to bend testing for SMAW and GMAW for bridge/critical structure welding.

Class work will consist of approximately 15 – 20% theory and the remainder will be hands-0n shop production.

Good vision, basic math knowledge, ability to lift 50 pounds, good eye-hand coordination and able to take orders are essential.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in: 

  • SkillsUSA Club (America’s largest student co-curricular organization)—attending and participating in business-style meetings and competing in skill-related contests.
  • EV Challenge (Electric Car conversion project) through various activities including web page design, prepared speech, and pit crew and attending National competition in North Carolina.
  • Students also have the opportunity to join in with other students to raise funds for their various activities.  Past events included Longaberger Basket Bingo, Buckwheat Festival, serving concessions at WVU functions.

Major Units of Study

Safety

Joint Design

Electrodes

Basic measuring

Welding symbols

Shielded Metal Arc Welding

MIG welding

TIG welding

Oxygen-Acetylene cutting and welding

Equipment/Tools Used

Pedestal Grinder

Hand Grinder

Clipping Hammer

Wire Brush

CNC Plasma Cutter

Plasma Arc Cutter

Abrasive Saw

Hydraulic Shear

Drill Press

Torches

Gas & Electric Powered Welders

Measuring Tools

General Hand Tools

Clothing Required

Monongalia County School Policy/MTEC safety

Work boots

Long sleeve work shirt

Coveralls or Work clothes

Helmet

Leather gloves

Leather sleeves or Jacket

Safety glasses

Employment Opportunities

Structural Welder Maintenance Welder/Tacker (work with experienced fabricator)

Military (train for special welding)

Shop Welder

Welder Helper

Welding Machine Helper

Welding Sales

Employment Opportunities with Further Training

Boilermaker

Pipe Fitters

Ironwork

Metallurgists (college)

Engineer (college)

Under-Water Welder

Weld Inspector

Welding Machine Operator, Gas and Arc

Interests

If you have the following interests, then this program may be for you: 

  • I like mechanical things and working with my hands
  • I like to work on my own without people watching me
  • I think using computers to control heavy equipment would be interesting
  • I like the challenge of high production work
  • I like to do things that require accuracy and concentration
  • I take pride in seeing the final results of my work
  • I would like using heavy machines to do very detailed work
  • I would like to learn about the physical properties of metal things like:
    • How they are made
    • How they react to heat and pressure
    • What makes them hard or soft
    • I like to work by myself
    • I like working inside
    • I would like to earn good wages
    • I desire a position with low unemployment

Skills

If you have the following skills, then this program may be for you: 

  • I can communicate with others and be understood
  • I can spend a lot of time on my feet
  • I work with minimal guidance
  • I can lift up to fifty pounds
  • I can hear and see well
  • I can work well under stress
  • I can work closely with a team
  • I can use patience, courtesy and tact as needed
  • I recognize my own limitations as to my abilities and training
  • I have a positive attitude
  • I work well at my own pace
  • I can read technical material and follow detailed diagrams
  • I think in a very logical way

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