• Description: 

    This two-year welding pre-apprenticeship program is certified by the Washington State Trades and Apprenticeship Council.  If you are independent, creative and have good eye-hand coordination, this career may be for you. In this application-based program, students learn the basic skills of oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal and flux cored arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and many other areas.  This program educates students in blueprint reading, shop math, layout and fit-up, and fabrication of a wide variety of projects.  Welders are in high demand across a huge variety of industries. Welding at NEWTech can be physically demanding. Expect to be standing and working on your feet for 2 hours in class, although there is no heavy lifting. Students are required to wear long pants and closed-toed shoes every day. The class focuses on academic skills like basic math and science, as well as technical skills. Employability and professionalism are taken seriously and practiced daily.  All NEWTech Pre-Apprenticeship programs enable students to start on the pathway of becoming a trained professional in the building trades. Scholars can earn industry-recognized credentials.


    • Control fire and electricity to design, construct and repair a wide range of metal products

    • Develop the skills, confidence, work ethic and stamina required for a career in metal fabrication
      including blue-print reading, layout and fit-up as well as the math to make it all work

    • Learn to troubleshoot and creatively solve industry-based challenges.

    Video overview of the program


    Year 1 
    Any combination of the credits below that = 3.0 (1.5 max per semester)
    1.0 Lab Science (.5 max per semester)

    3.0 Occupational or General Elective (1.5 max per semester)  

    Year 2 
    3.0 Occupational or General Elective (1.5 max per semester)    

    Certification Opportunities: 

    Students may receive welding certification to AWS D1.1 Structural Steel Code
    Students must demonstrate proficiency on practice plates, pass performance qualification tests, and pay certification fees if applicable. 

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

    College Credits Available: None


    Program Uniform Information   


    There is a uniform requirement.  The uniform is purchased through the NewTech Website.

    A flame resistant welding jacket is required.  Leather is preferred.


    To participate in the shop, students are required to have leather boots.  Steel toes are recommended.


    I strongly suggest purchasing your own welding hood for the class.  You have plenty of time to discuss this with me before we begin welding.

    Year 1 Andrew Syder AndrewS@spokaneschools.org
    Year 2 Katie Johnston KatieJoh@spokaneschools.org  


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