This competitive program teaches students to design, engineer, build, and troubleshoot complex metal fabrication challenges. Through high-level training and challenging competitions, students perfect modern welding processes while earning welding certifications.
Prerequisites at the Time of Junior Year Enrollment
Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English); on track to graduate
Credits & Certifications Offered
High School Credit
- 3 CTE Year One
- 3 CTE Year Two
- Ranken Technical College and State Technical College - college credit opportunities exist through credit for prior learning or credit by assessment
*College credit and certification are not guaranteed. Their attainment is dependent on student performance in both the course and on external industry assessments. All certifications are through external agencies and the accommodations permitted will vary from assessment to assessment. Additionally, students must participate in the full two years of the program to be potentially eligible for all certifications listed.
- American Welding Society (AWS) – multiple entry-level welding certifications available
- S/P2 Safety Certification
How Will My Time Be Spent?
Program Year Classroom Time Lab Time CTE Year One 26%-50% 26%-50% CTE Year Two 25% or less 76% or more
Tech is Real World Learning
Students in this program learn through the use of a variety of industry grade tools and equipment and texts. Their real world labs also require uniforms and personal protective equipment.
Tools & Equipment
- Personal protective equipment
- Hand grinders
- Various chemicals and gas fuels
- Oxy Fuel torch
- Plasma cutter
- Power shear
- Welding Principles and Applications
- Long sleeve, FR-rated, cotton denim shirt with pocket flaps
- Jeans with no holes or frays
- Steel toe work boots
- No synthetic undergarments
Essential Skills Needed for Success
Students learn the entry level skills necessary to prepare for post-secondary education and the highly competitive world of work. Traditionally, successful students have mastered the processing and/or physical skills listed below prior to enrollment.
Core Essential Skills
Understand and use basic math computations; including percentages, fractions, decimals, rulers and standard units of measurement
Concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted
Have an awareness of personal safety in the shop, adhere to safety procedures and assume personal responsibility
Have knowledge of basic hand tools
Keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position
Make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects
Able to climb, lift and carry objects of 50 pounds or more, and handle taxing physical activity
Stand for long periods of time
Tolerate a welding environment which includes high places, small spaces, extreme temperatures, dirty spaces, loud noises, and a variety of welding-related smells
For a complete list of essential skills please review the Course Overview Guide.
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Mr. Jim Sheppard has worked in the Advanced Manufacturing field for many years. Before joining the South Tech team, Mr. Sheppard began his teaching career at North Tech. He also owned and operated Machine Company, which specialized in building custom machinery. Employees were skilled in machining, welding, and fabricating.