Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs):
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Meridian FFA Chapter
Paid Internship Opportunity-Western States ThinkBIG
Welders and solderers use torches that can produce heat as hot as 6,000 degrees so it is no wonder a welder requires a special protective helmet, clothing and gloves. Other welding techniques use electrical currents to create an arc between the tool and work piece. Simply put welding is about permanently joining pieces of metal such as steel, bronze, cast iron, aluminum by melting the edges of the metal pieces together so that once they cool, they form a solid bond. Often, metal welding rods are used to aid the process in order to supply enough metal needed to complete the weld. Welding is considered a 'very large' occupation and annual openings are plentiful and in high demand. Most welders work a 40-hour week indoors. Some welding does take place outdoors depending on what needs to be weld. Some specialized welding jobs require certification and most employers prefer it. Employers want welders that can concentrate for long periods of time on welding details. Good eyesight, manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination along with the physical stamina to stand and stoop are also as needed to be successful in this career field. Currently, it is estimated that there is a shortage of approximately 290,000 professional welders nation-wide. This includes welding inspectors, engineers, and teachers.
Welding Fabrication Pathway
West Ada's Career Technical Education (CTE) Welding Fabrication Pathway gives students the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized American Welding Society SENSE Level One Certification. Due to the national shortage or qualified welders, students with the desire to work, can take these skills right into the workforce or pursue a postsecondary program to expand their expertise or do both.
In 2007, the CTE Center - Meridian Campus (formerly known as Meridian Professional-Technical Center) earned the honor of being selected to serve as a regional training center--a place where Miller will conduct continuing education classes on new equipment for welders in the region. This distinction creates a win-win for the school district and Miller. Miller supplies, maintains and updates their sponsored welding equipment that students use. In exchange, Miller uses the facilities during non-school hours, as a regional training site to update welders on the current industry equipment.
It is recommended for 9th graders to take Introduction to Mechanics if taught at your home high school; otherwise, it can be taken as a "package" class at the CTE Center your 10th grade year.
CTE Center - Meridian Campus Classes:
10th Grade: Welding I (1st Semester) and II (2nd Semester) - each class is worth 1 credit; students must successfully complete both levels I and II to move on to Welding III.
11th Grade: Welding III/Ag Power Technology - year-long, 2 credit class12th Grade: Welding IV/Fabrication - 1-3 credits options are offered; at this advanced level, with instructor approval students have an opportunity to work on a specific fabrication projects of their choosing.Also, available - Pathway BrochuresFor complete details, see the CTE Magnet Program section of the most current edition of the Course Description Handbook.