Engineering & Metal Fabrication Academy: Welding

Create in Metal by Electricity and Fire Fusion

A student in full safety gear uses a hand held power tool that is creating a shower of sparks while sanding metal.
Students gain a global understanding of welding, the art and science of joining metal together. Common industry standard processes of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW-Stick), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW-TIG), and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW-MIG), as well as plasma arc and oxy-acetylene cutting are covered. Students will be exposed to the programming (CNC) aspect of machining.

Units of Study

Orientation, plus:

  • OSHA 10 hour course
  • Safety
  • OFC (Oxy Fuel Cutting)
  • Weld symbols
  • Weld prints
  • Power saws
  • SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding)
  • GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding)
  • GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding)
  • FCAW (Flux Core Arc Welding)
  • Forging
  • Metallurgy
  • PAC (Plasma Arc Cutting)

College Credits

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements

  • Alfred State
  • SUNY Canton 

Licensing / Industry-Based Certifications

OSHA 10 Construction

Professional Outlook

Job Projections for Welders: 3 percent annual growth in new jobs through 2028.
Median U.S. Salary: $42,490 per year (in 2019).*

Education Requirements: Training or apprenticeship programs, career and technical education schools, or community and technical colleges. Additional courses beyond high school are often required. 
*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 


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. 

Enrollment Information

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.
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Program Overview - PDF

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