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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.

Course Content

· 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

Course Details

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)

Instructor Contact Information

Name: Jason Hall

Email: [email protected]

School: 540-245-5002
Fax:  540-885-0407