The Welding program provides students with the opportunity to gain fundamental welding skills needed to be employed in the welding/ fabrication industry. Students will be trained in the safe use of various hand tools such as grinders, oxy-fuel torches, plasma cutters, and portable band saws. Instruction will be given in the use of an array of measuring and layout tools used in the welding trade. Students will learn to read and interpret welding symbols and blueprints used in welding/fabrication shops. Performance tests are administered throughout the program that focus on using shielded metal arc welding (Stick), gas metal arc welding (MIG ), flux cored arc welding, and gas tungsten arc welding (TIG) on various materials such as carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Second-year students will have the opportunity to take the American Welding Society D1.1 limited structural plate test, which will give them an entry level welding certification. Advanced students will have the opportunity to try their hand at pipe fitting and pipe welding both carbon and stainless steel. Students who complete the program can further their education or enter into the workforce as an entry level welder.



Equipment Operation

Oxygen- Acetylene Safe Set Up

Electrical Safety

SMAW Flat Pos. Horizontal position, Rod I.D. / Uses

SMAW Vertical- O.H. Paddle / Plate Tests for Certification

Math for Welders

Blueprint Reading for Welders

Welding Workbook

Fabrication Techniques

GMAW (Gas, Metal Arc Welding) Performance Tests

FCAW (Flux Cored Arc Welding) Performance Tests

SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) Performance Tests

Plasma Cutting

Carbon Arc Cutting

Pipe fitting / Pipe Welding Performance Tests

GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) Performance Tests


AWS Fundamentals Of Welding

GW Welding Fundamentals

National Standards:

American Welding Society


AWS: American Welding Society D1.1 Limited Structural Plate

College Credit:

Southern Maine Community College

WELD 100- Introduction to Welding (3 credits)

Suggested Integrated Academic Credit:

Career Prep


Is This Program A Fit?

I enjoy...

‣ Fabricating and building things with steel

‣ Learning new skills and applying them in real world settings

‣ Working with my hands

I am able to...

‣ Maintain Physical Endurance- sustained periods of standing and ability to move materials

‣ Perform Technical Skills- using a wide range of tools and dangerous equipment safely

‣ Possess Manual Dexterity & Hand Eye Coordination

I am comfortable with...

‣ Math- arithmetic skills including multiplication and division

‣ Reading- interacting with technical documents

‣ STEM- science, technology, engineering, mathematic