This course offers state-of-the art welding equipment and ventilation systems. The course includes welding safety, electric arc welding (SMAW) along with Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). Also included are oxy-acetylene cutting and welding and Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC) and PlasmaCam(Computer Assisted). This program incorporates techniques used in industry for welding ferrous and non-ferrous metals and stresses repeated welding practice to develop the skill of welding, as well as class room welding theory. Fabricating techniques used in industry will be an important segment of this course.
Upon completion of this two-year program, students have the preparation necessary to sit for the AWS (American Welding Society) Structural Welder Qualification Test. Using the Hobart Welding curriculum, first year students focus on the skills needed for Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) with an introduction to Mig welding (GMAW). Second year students will expand on their welding knowledge and skills with GMAW welding and Tig welding (GTAW).
Employment of welding, soldering, and brazing workers is expected to grow about 5 percent over the 2006-16 decade. Welding has grown significantly over the long term because of advances that have allowed it to replace other joining technologies in many applications. Thus, demand for welders is increasing in the construction, manufacturing, and utilities industries. Despite overall employment declines in the manufacturing industry, the outlook for welders in manufacturing is quite strong. The basic skills of welding are the same across industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another depending on where they are needed most..
The welding program is divided into two sessions, classroom and shop.
The technical aspect of welding is covered during classroom theory. A variety of literacy strategies are utilized to enhance the learning process; textbook study guides/question sheets, white board with vocabulary words, instructional videos/power point presentations and subject related articles.
During shop, students are required to work individually and/or in teams on a variety of projects/welding objectives, practicing to develop the welding techniques/skills to meet the competency objectives. Upon meeting the welding competency objectives, students are encouraged to develop individual projects to fabricate and on a selective basis will participate
- Classroom/Theory/Written Work: The written grade for each student is based upon; classroom participation, chapter study guides/questions, welding content chapter tests, article written reports and oral presentations. Each student is also responsible for creating a professional portfolio to document their achievements during the school year. The portfolio counts as their final exam.
- Shop/Lab: The daily grade for students is based upon the quality and quantity of work that is performed.
- Work Habits/Professional Attributes: Work habits consist of attendance/dependability, a positive attitude, appropriate behavior, working effectively as a team member, planning and organizing and a commitment to performing quality work. Students will also be assessed on following school/workplace safety procedures. Problem solving skills and applying communication skills are also assessed/graded as work habits. Automation is less of a threat to welders and welding machine operators than to other manufacturing occupations. Welding machines must still be operated by someone who is knowledgeable about welding and can inspect the weld and make adjustments. In custom applications, much of the work is difficult or impossible to automate. This includes manufacturing small batches of items, construction work, and making repairs in factories.
This course meets Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, and Fri.
This course is held at Mid-Coast School of Technology .