Sparks Fly as You Forge Your Path to a Stronger Tomorrow

A student in full safety gear uses a hand held power tool that is creating a shower of sparks while sanding metal.
Sculpt a fiery future in welding, the craft of fusing metal. Master industry-standard techniques and the art of joining, cutting, and shaping with precision. Gear up for a journey that flames your creativity, from understanding the basics to cutting through challenges. Unleash your creativity, transforming raw metal into works of art. Forge a red-hot path in the world of metalwork.

What You Can Learn

Units of Study

  • Safety
  • Oxy Fuel Cutting (OFC)
  • Weld symbols
  • Weld prints
  • Power Saws
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
  • Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Inspection
  • Code Work
  • Career Readiness
  • Plastic Welding

What You Can Earn

Available High School Academic Credits
At district request, students may earn:
  • English
Licensing/Industry-Based Certifications
Students have opportunities to earn:
  • OSHA 10 Construction
Work-Based Learning
Organizations that support this program:
  • Cannon Industries, Inc.
  • ES Systems
  • Graham Manufacturing
  • Mahany ARC and Flame Center

Where You Can Go

Career Opportunities
Minimal Requirement Beyond CTE
  • Welder
Additional Education and/or Experience
  • Inspector
  • Robotic Welding Operator/Programmer
  • Metal Fabricator
Postsecondary Pathways
Articulation Agreements
  • Alfred State
  • SUNY Canton


Joshua Padlick
With an associate’s degree in welding, Josh brings more than 10 years’ experience in the welding field to his teaching position. His past work included heavy fabrication, construction, and highly cosmetic bench work. Josh is active within his community and sits on the American Welding Society board and represents his CTE program as the Student Liaison, as well as Vice Chair. 

Scott Prince
Scott started welding in 1993 and has been a pipe welder for most of his career. He traveled throughout the United States, working on projects including steam lines, pipelines, compressor stations, and pressure vessels. He is an American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector, and a Level ll Inspector for the American Society for Nondestructive Testing.
Intro Video
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Getting Started

Meet with your school counselor to discuss how Career & Technical Education at WEMOCO can benefit your career development. Your counselor can help you begin the enrollment process.