• welding

    Grade Level: 11, 12

    Credits: 3 per year (1.5 per semester)   

    Location: On-site at NEWTech

    Duration: 540 hours (year-long) with an optional Year Two 540-hour course available

    Instructor: Andrew Syder

    Prerequisite(s):
    Year One Course
    - Junior or Senior standing             
    Year Two Course - B or better in Year 1 course and instructor's approval

    Program Description: Students can go into the metalworking industry as a entry-level employee. Metal working is one of the largest industries in the United States students can go into employment building bridges, tunnels, skyscrapers, pipelining system, custom fabricated products, aerospace production and many other products that need to be welded and fabricated in our economy. The current pathway is growing at 9% and is projected to continue to grow. Starting wages are typically $18-23 for starting and journeyman level employees are typically $45-70 per hour. The class can be physically demanding, expect to be standing and working on your feet for 2 hours in class, although there is no heavy lifting. Expect to wear long pants and closed toed shoes in class every day. Expect to be using basic math and science to solve assignments in lab. The class focuses on academic, technical skills, and employability practices.

    High School Credit Equivalencies: None

    Certifications: AWS D1.1 Tack Weld , AWS D1.1 FCAW 3G, ASME Section IX, GMAW Spray 2G (Wagstaff), and WABO FCAW 2G (Metals Fabrication Co.)

    Careers in this field:

    • Aerospace and Ship Building Industry
    • Equipment Repair & Sales
    • Field Welder
    • Industrial Welder/Fabricator
    • Oxyacetylene/Plasma Cutter
    • Pipe Fitter –Welder
    • TIG/MIG/Electric Arc Welder
    • Underwater Repair & Fabrication
    • Weld Inspector

    2020-21 Welding Technology Syllabus

    Program Uniform Information

  • student welder

    Ethan Wright completed two years in our Welding Technology program. While at NEWTech, Ethan obtained his American Welding Society (AWS) 3G Flux Core (unlimited thickness) certification and his his AWS Tack Weld certification. Ethan developed a passion for welding in his exploratory Manufacturing: Metals and Woods class at Medical Lake High School. At the NEWTech Skill Center, he was able to develop his mastery of the welding skills which are required  to obtain certification and employment.