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Welding Fabrication

  • Welders and solderers use torches that can produce heat as hot as 6,000 degree farenheit so it is no wonder a welder requires special protective helmet, clothing and gloves. Other welding for example, uses electrical current 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 peices 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 although some welding takes place outdoors since not all things needed to be weld can always be brought inside.  Some specialized welding jobs require certification and employers prefer it.  Employers want welders that can concentrate for long periods of time on welding details along with good eyesight, manual dexterity, good hand-eye coordination along with the physical stamina to stand and stoop as needed. 
    The American Welding Society estimates that by 2020 there will be a shortage of 290,000 professionals nation-wide. This includes welding inspectors, engineers, and teachers. “We’re dealing with a lost generation,” says Gardner Carrick, vice president for strategic initiatives at the Manufacturing Institute, the workforce development arm of the National Association of Manufacturers. “For 20 years we stopped feeding young people into the trades, and now we’re scrambling to catch up.”
    In 2007, the 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, maintain and updates all of the welding equipment that our high school-age welding program students may use, and in exchange, Miller uses the facilties on weekends and evenings as a training site, in order to update area welders' skills on the latest cutting-edge welding equipment. 
    In this program, students have the opportunity to earn an American Welding Society SENSE Level One Certifcation.   Advanced level students, have an opportunity to work on a specific fabrication projects of their choice as long as it meets instructor approval.  
    All classes are offered at the tech center. They are:
         Welding 1 and 2 (each a semester class - 10th grade)
         Welding 3/Ag Power Technology (a year-long class, 11th grade)
         Welding 4/Fabrication (offered for 1-3 credits, 12th grade)

    For complete details, see the current Course Description Handbook

    Also, available - Program Brochures