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 knowledge in a variety of metal joining and cutting processes including, but not limited to GMAW, GTAW, SMAW, and OFC. The program provides instruction in advanced blueprint reading and weld symbols. Various types of design processes and industry driven software and technology are introduced. Students become familiar with American Welding Society (AWS) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) standards. Upon program completion, students will have the confidence to perform necessary welds according to AWS standards, have an understanding of the design and production processes of the manufacturing and fabrication industries, and be able to inspect their own work according to various codes. In year two, students can select an area of welding specialization. 

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)

Articulation Agreements

  • Alfred State

  • SUNY Canton 

Licensing / Industry-Based Certifications

OSHA 10 Construction

Career Opportunities

coming soon! 

Professional Outlook

Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers: 2.7% projected growth in jobs from 2018-2028 in the Finger Lakes region
Median Finger Lakes region salary: $45,110 per year (in 2021)

Source: NYS Department of Labor


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.

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.
Intro Video
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