Welding: Video Overview
Grade Level: 11, 12
Credits: 3 per year (1.5 per semester)
Location: NEWTech - Rm. 128
Duration: 540 hours (year-long) with an optional second year 540-hour course available for qualifying students
Students can go into the metal-working industry as an entry-level employee. Metal-working is one of the largest industries in the United States and students can go into employment building bridges, tunnels, skyscrapers, pipelining systems, custom fabricated products, aerospace production and more. 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.
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 everyday. 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.
Syllabus: Welding Syllabus 21-22
Year One Course - Junior or Senior standing
Year Two Course - B or better in Year 1 course and instructor's approval
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
AVISTA Summer 2022 Energy Pathways Application Website (This is not the Paid Internship Opportunity)
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.