Program Overview

The high school Welding Technology program is designed to prepare you to fill the increasing needs of the welding industry, both locally and nationally.  The two-year program offers you the opportunity to receive concurrent credit and finish the course with two Certificates of Completion from NPC.  Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), also known as Stick Welding, and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), or MIG welding, will be the focus in this program. 

Degree Explanations

Upon completion of the two-year program, you will have the opportunity to receive a Certificate of Completion Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) as well as a National Center For Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Safety Certification. 

Upon receiving your Certificate of Completion, you may continue your education at NPC

Job Opportunities

  • Manufacturing Facilities 
  • Industrial Operations 
  • Personal Business Ownership 
  • Privately Owned Shops 

Program Content 

Industrial Fundamentals  

This course is a study of basic industrial skills required in manufacturing environments and allows you to attain core credentials in the NCCER system. This course will cover manufacturing safety, trade math, hand tools, power tools, basic blueprints, and communication and employability skills.  

Introduction to Welding/SMAW

In this course, you will cover shop safety, tool and equipment identification, and learn basic welding techniques in shielded arc metal welding, including cutting with oxyfuel equipment, electrode classification, and testing welds using destructive and non-destructive methods. The lab portion of the course will allow you to apply knowledge from theory-based classes to practical exercises. This course covers the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum for Welding Level One.  

GMAW (MIG Welding)  

This course is designed for you to gain practical knowledge of MIG/Flux core Dual Shield welding and associated tasks necessary for a Commercial/Industrial environment. The course incorporates the principles of MIG welding, Oxygen/Acetylene cutting of metals, preparation of various weld joints, and general welding test positions.   

Enrollment Criteria  

  • Minimum eighth grade reading level
  • Minimum eighth grade math level
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Ability to lift objects up to 50 pounds

All programs in the Career Academy have three class periods available for enrollment. In the event there are more applicants for a section than seats available, you will be asked to choose an alternate period. If the section(s) are still over enrollment capacity, students may be asked to submit an essay and participate in an interview process. 

The final determination will be at the discretion of the instructor and the center director.