This program emphasizes hands-on training and the mastery of welding techniques with manual and semi-automatic welding processes. Students develop their technical knowledge of blueprint reading, layout, metal fabrication, metallurgy and manipulative welding skills for potential qualification or certification in oxy-fuel, stick-electrode, gas-metal arc, flux-cored arc and gas-tungsten arc processes in all positions on plate and pipe.
Welders and metal fabricators lay out, shape, form, tack and weld metal assemblies or products according to various welding codes and procedures. They produce fabricated assemblies, perform repair and maintenance welding, and work on construction projects. During fabrication of these products, students are trained in the use of hand and power tools used in the welding fabrication industry.