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
Gas metal ARC welding
Flux core welding
Oxy-fuel cutting manual
Oxy-fuel cutting machine
Blueprint for Welders; Bennet and Sly; 2005.Welding Skills; B.J. Moniz and R.T. Miller; 2005.
GE EnergyGreeneTech ManufacturingSpecialized Shop Equipment:
Square Wave GTAW
Inverter Technology SMAW
Inverter Technology GMAWIronworking 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)/
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
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Triangle Tech, Inc.
Welder Trainer and Testing Institute
CNC Plasma Operator
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