Welding

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Safely tools and machines
Metal fabrication
Sheet metal work
Cut and shape metal
Program Costs

* Program costs subject to change

Industry Credentials

NCCER
OSHA
AWS
NOCTI
Simulated Workplace

The Welding program at PCTC will prepare students to work on a variety of metal projects, providing national and international career opportunities.

Welding Badge

Welding is the joining together of material using heat pressure or a combination of both. Welding is primarily used to join metal but plastic and other materials can be welded. It is a dirty and physically demanding job but has the potential for rewarding pay, benefits and satisfaction.

What skills will students learn?

Students will perform “hands-on” activities including operating safely tools and machines used in the welding industry, cut and shape metal using oxy-fuel process, weld many types of metal using different welding processes, fabricate parts and jobs from specifications on a blueprint, and much more. Academically, students will read and comprehend information in the NCCER core and level one book, Blueprint reading, and metallurgy.

What Credentials are available?

  • All students have the opportunity to get the OSHA 10 Construction.
  • Students will have the opportunity to get the NCCER core, and level 1 certifications which is entered into a national data base. Students that gain the experience and knowledge also have the chance to take the WV state welding certification exams in SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, AND GTAW on plate, pipe or both which aligns to AWS D1.
  • NOCTI Workforce Competency

What jobs/job titles are available to the students after graduation?

A welder may weld or join metal parts on bridges, construction or power-plants, and refineries or pipelines. They may work in aerospace applications, shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing, and other areas where welding is necessary. Also, they can work in manufacturing, construction, ship and boat building, sheet metal fabrication, boilermakers, and many more.

What work skills will be needed for these jobs?

  • Detail oriented
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to left 50 pounds
  • Ability to work in a variety of potentially hazardous environments
  • Ability to work at varying heights
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Mathematical
  • Enjoys working with your hands and physically strong
  • Focused

What skills should a student have to be successful in your program?

A great welder should be willing to make themselves familiar with the latest welding tools and methods. It’s also helpful to have a vast amount of knowledge of different welding design techniques and equipment preferences. Welding also requires someone that is drug free and gets along well with others. These skills are attractive to employers looking to hire a welder to perform many different tasks on the job site.

Program Requirements

Students must pass the NCCER Core Safety, the NCCER Level I and obtain the OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety certification to continue in the program.

For Adult General Admission Requirements, click here.

Simulated Workplace Requirements

This program participates in the Simulated Workplace environment. For details and requirements, click here

Technology Requirements

Students will be provided with any technology instruction, devices and software required.

Student Organization

Students may enroll in SkillsUSA.

Program Length

2 Academic Years (22 months)  – 1080 clock hours (Secondary & Adult part-time enrollment)

Consisting of eight (8), nine-week courses of 135 clock hours each

Schedule of Courses

Course Frequency:  Each course offered once each academic year

Secondary & Adult Part-time schedule shown below.

1st Year  Schedule:  Monday-Friday 8:30am – 11:00am

1862 Welding I 

1863 Welding II 

1982 Ornamental Metalwork 

1983 Blueprint Reading & Metallurgy

2nd Year  Schedule:  Monday – Friday  12:30pm – 3:00pm

1864 Welding III

1865 Welding IV

1987 Gas Metal Arc Welding

1981 Arc Welding

Eligibility Requirements for Licensing

(As determined by the West Virginia Division of Labor)

Note:  All licenses require completion of the required portions of the Plumber License Application for the West Virginia Division of Labor and submission of the indicated application fees.

Plumber in Training License: No exam is required. Plumbers in Training must work under the direct supervision of a Licensed Master or Journeyman plumber.

Syllabi:

1863 Welding II
1865 Welding IV
1981 Arc Welding

Course Descriptions

1862 Welding I

This course is designed to introduce the student to the knowledge base and technical skills of the Welding industry. Welding I begins with the NCCER Core curriculum which is a prerequisite to all Level I completions. The students will complete modules in Basic Safety; Introduction to Construction Math; Introduction to Hand Tools; Introduction to Power Tools; Introduction to Construction Drawings; Basic Rigging; Basic Communication Skills; Basic Employability Skills; and Introduction to Materials Handling. Students will then begin developing skill sets in the fundamentals of Welding such as Welding Safety; Oxyfuel Cutting; and Plasma Arc Cutting. Students utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in hands‐on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organizations, WV SkillsUSA. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools, and skill sets.

1863 Welding II

Welding II will continue to build student skill sets in areas of Air Carbon Arc Cutting and Gouging; Base Metal Preparation; Weld Quality; SMAW‐Equipment and Setup; Shielded Metal Arc Electrodes; SMAW‐Beads and Fillet Welds; Joint Fit Up and Alignment; SMAW‐Groove Welds with Backing; and SMAW‐Open V‐Groove Welds. Students utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in hands‐on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organizations, WV SkillsUSA. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools, and skill sets.

1982 Ornamental Metalwork

This course introduces the student to the knowledge base and technical skills for concepts in the Ornamental Metal Work. Areas of study include measurement, metal layout and bending, operation of the drill press, band saw, and the iron worker. Incorporated into this course are elements of introductory knowledge and skills necessary for a career in welding. This course is recommended as an Elective in Welding.

1983 Blueprint Reading and Metallurgy

The Skill Sets in this course are representative of the basic knowledge included in a Career and Technical Education Welding Program of Study. Areas of study include drawing fundamentals, sketching and fabricating, basic welding symbols, and properties of metals and alloys. This course is recommended as an Elective in the Welding Program of Study.

1864 Welding III

Welding III will continue to build student skill sets in areas of Welding Symbols; Reading Welding Detail Drawings; Physical Characteristics and Mechanical Properties of Metals; Preheating and Postheating of Metals; GMAW and FCAW‐Equipment and Filler Metals; and GMAW and FCAW‐Plate. Students utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in hands‐on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organizations, WV SkillsUSA. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools, and skill sets.

1865 Welding IV

Welding IV will continue to build student skill sets in areas of GTAW‐Equipment and Filler Metals; and GTAW‐Plate. Students utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in hands‐ on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organizations, WV SkillsUSA. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools, and skill sets.

1987 Gas Metal Arc Welding

The Skill Sets in this course are representative of the basic knowledge included in a Career and Technical Welding Program of Study. Incorporated into this course are elements of introductory knowledge and skills necessary for a career in welding. This course is recommended as an Elective in Metals Technology and Welding.

1981 Arc Welding

The Skill Sets in this course are representative of the basic knowledge included in a Career and Technical Welding Program of Study. Incorporated into this course are elements of introductory knowledge and skills necessary for a career in welding. This course is recommended as an Elective in Metals Technology and Welding