The Welding Program at Valley Career and Technical Center is a two-year course designed to give students a solid foundation and understanding of the principles, methods, and skills essential for successful employment in the welding/construction trades.
The student also has the opportunity to test in structural steel and pipe to achieve the American Welding Society Certification in GMAW, SMAW, FCAW, GTAWs.
Students will also be trained in OFC, PAC, GTAW with Aluminum as well as GMAW Aluminum and Stainless Steel welding processes.
Students will know how to read and draw weld detail drawings/prints. They will explore engineering design and the fabrication process.
Other activities include joining SkillsUSA student organizations.
For further information on welding go to: http://www.aws.org.
· Proficient at setting up machines and performing quality weld using: in all positions
SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding)
GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding)
GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding)
FCAW (Flux-cored Arc Welding)
· Operate PAC (plasma –arc cutting)and OFC (oxy-fuel cutting) torches
· Understand principles of metal fabrication
Welding I (Year 1)
Welding II (Year 2)
GRADE 11, 12
Course Length: 2 years
Industry Credentials Offered
American Welding Society Certification in:
GMAW, SMAW, FCAW, GTAW (3/8” plate in 1G position)
Options After HS
Welder Fitter, Structural Metal Fabricator, Shipbuilder, Boilermaker
Local Employers: Industrial Fabrication, AG Stacker, Mathers Construction, Riddleberger Brothers, Draftco, Dynamic Aviation, Southern Stainless, Liphart Steel
Career Certificate/ Associate Degree (2 yr) program
Bachelor’s /Post Baccalaureate Degree (4 yr+) majors
Any type of Engineering (i.e. mechanical, electrical, industrial, material)
About the Instructor
Mr. Hall has been the welding instructor at VCTC since 2010. He is married with two sons and is a military veteran who is a graduate of Central Texas College / Texas A&M welding program.
He enjoys drinking coffee and teaching young men and women how to be successful in life.
He believes you should have a clear goal in life and then you need to work hard every day to achieve it.
Effort doesn’t take talent!