Welding Technology

Welders Play With Fire!

The more than 80 different welding processes give welders many varied career opportunities. Welders work on land and underwater and in various fields such as engineering, construction, robotics, and aerospace technology. 

Welding In Action

Welding In Action

Are You Interested In . . .

  • Building and working with metals
  • Construction and building
  • Hands-on work in manufacturing

Welding will teach you . . .

  • Arc welding, Gas welding and Resistance welding
  • How to read blueprints and welding symbols
  • Electrical currents and properties of metals
  • The welder’s role in the workplace

Careers in Welding . . .

  • Assemblers and Fabrication
  • Machinists, Tool and Die Makers
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Plumbers, Pipe Fitters

Welding In Action

Have Fun - Get Involved

  • Work on real world applications for real customers
  • Students use their skills on various community projects

Earn College Credit & Certifications

  • ARTICULATED CREDIT – By identifying comparable coursework, your high school has partnered with local colleges to create agreements that give you FREE COLLEGE CREDIT for the high school classes you are taking that have equivalent content as college classes.

    DIRECT CREDIT/CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT – Students earn college credit by taking college-level courses taught by credentialed instructors at their high school. There is a fee associated with this type of credit

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Welding Technology Courses

Some courses have prerequisites and require instructor approval. For complete course descriptions and prerequisite requirements click here to visit our district course catalog.

Welding Technology I

Students will strengthen their knowledge of welding processes and job management skills. Welding processes like Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Flux Core Arc Welding, Ox fuel Cutting and Plasma Arc Cutting. Classroom Skills will be Math Skills, Drafting, Blueprint Reading and Welding Theory.

Welding I is part of a two-year welding program. It is a continuation of Introduction to Manufacturing. You will strengthen your knowledge of the welding processes and manual skills. Attention to detail and excellent eye-hand coordination are a must. There are three major types of welding: arc welding, gas welding and resistance welding. You will become competent in blueprint reading, welding symbols, electrical current and the various properties of metal. With the basic knowledge acquired from this course, you can advance to the Welding II course. 

Welding Technology II   A.W.S. Certification

This course is designed to develop the welding skills of students who are planning to make welding a career. Students will be working on passing performance qualification test in SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW, OFC and PAC. Students will be required to pass all tests to the American Welding Society QC10 standards.

Welding II will prepare you to earn an American Welding Society entry-level skills certificate upon completion of the course. By course end you will become familiar with the tools and equipment used in manual and semi-automatic welding processes. You will understand the welder’s role in the work place and attain a sense of pride with your knowledge and acquired talent. Upon successful completion of all class requirements, you can earn an AWS skills certificate and eight credit hours of articulation with Alpena Community College in the manufacturing area.