Almost every area of manufacturing, maintenance, and construction uses welding technology to join two surfaces together. Welding is an art, it is a science, and it is a precise, reliable, cost-effective, and high-tech method for joining materials. Most of the objects around us, from buildings to bridges, to vehicles, computers and medical devices, are welded, brazed, or soldered.
Welding technology programs are becoming more comprehensive and scientific as new technologies (lasers, plasma arcs, etc.) and new materials are being refined.
Welding provides students with an opportunity to explore a wide variety of welding processes for entry-level employment settings, as well as the knowledge, skills, safety, and professional behaviors necessary for competent performance as a welder or welding technician.
Students will master basic skills by working on state-of-the-art equipment, including robotic welding. The curriculum covers most common welding and cutting processes, including:
- Gas Metal, Shielded Metal, Gas Tungsten, and Flux Cored Arc Welding
- Oxy-Fuel Welding, Cutting and Brazing
- Manual Plasma Arc and Computer
- Numerical Control (CNC) Cutting
The class is presented in modules that include a working knowledge of metals, metalworking tools, blueprint reading, welding symbols, and CNC processes. Academic class work and hands-on welding projects are part of each day. Students may work with other Career Center classes to coordinate projects or produce parts.
Not sure if you are a good fit for this program? Each program has a list of recommendations to follow when placing students in classes called "SUCCESS INDICATORS". Students do best when their characteristics align with these recommendations.
- Fabrication Welder
- Solderers / Brazers
- Pipe Fitter
- Ship building / repair
- Production Welder
Career Credentials & Certifications
- American Welding Society/School Excelling Through National Skills Standards Education (SENSE)
- AWS Safety
- CareerSafe - OSHA
Students enrolled in this program are eligible to take classes at Jackson College while remaining a high school student through the Jackson County Early College (JCEC). Students commit to a 13th year of high school and can complete a degree or certification that transfers to major universities at little-to-no additional cost. Students must commit by October of their junior year to be a part of the JCEC.