• WELDING                         

    Course Objective:

    Students will obtain education and skills in various areas of welding.

    Course Description:
    Prepares students in oxy-fuel, shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc, flux core welding, carbon arc, plasma cutting, manual and radiograph cutting, and oxy-fuel brazing processes. Tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students learn the use of measuring instruments, hand tools, portable grinders, metallurgy, blueprint reading, electrical principles, layout and design, fabrication, practical problems in math, preparation of material lists, cost estimating, and quality assurance methods. Successful students will be given the opportunity to earn AWS certifications.

    Course Topics:

     Shielded metal ARC welding

    Oxy-fuel welding

    Gas metal ARC welding

    Oxy-fuel brazing

    Flux core welding

    Oxy-fuel cutting manual         

    Plasma cutting   

    Oxy-fuel cutting machine

    Required Supplies:


    Work boots

    Welding gloves           

    Tape measure

    Safety glasses


    Blueprint for Welders; Bennet and Sly; 2005.

    Welding Skills; B.J. Moniz and R.T. Miller; 2005.

    Cooperating Companies:


    Ace Welding

    Alloy Oxygen


    GE Energy

    GreeneTech Manufacturing
    Specialized Shop Equipment:

    Square Wave GTAW

    Inverter Technology SMAW

    Inverter Technology GMAW                                                                                                                                      

    Ironworking Shear / Press / Punch/


    American Welding Society - AWS D1.1 – (Structural Code)

    American Welding Society - AWS D1.5 – (PA Department of Transportation Code)

    American Welding Society – Level I – Entry Welder

    ASME Information – (Pressure Vessel Code)/ 

    Articulation Agreements:

    Community College of Allegheny County – Welding Technology

    Pennsylvania College of Technology – Welding  & Engineering Technology

    Westmoreland County Community College – Welding Technology 

    Post-Secondary Training Options:

    Community College of Allegheny County

    Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

    Lincoln Electric

    Pennsylvania College of Technology

    Triangle Tech, Inc.

    Welder Trainer and Testing Institute 

    Potential Careers:


    CNC Plasma Operator


    Maintenance Welder

    Metal Fabricator


    Pipe Welder

    Ship Builder


    Underwater Welder                      

    Welding Engineer

    Welding Inspector

    Welding Instructor

    Welding Sales                               

    Welding Technician                       

    Welding Skills:

    Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

    Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

    Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

    Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.

    Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents 

    Wages and Employment Trends:

    Median Wages (2009)                                                $16.71 hourly, $34,750 annually

    Employment (2008)                                                      412,000 employees

    Projected Growth (2008-2018)                                 Little or no change (-2% to 2%)

    Projected Need (2008-2018)                                    126,300 additional employees