Welding

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Welding Technology is a hands-on career program. Students apply what they learn by working on real projects. To be prepared, focus on math and technology classes. Develop your spoken communication skills, and do well in all academic classes. Admission into the internships and college programs can be competitive. To increase your chances, work toward a Technical Honors Diploma.

Course Instructor:  Steven Vitatoe

A Typical Student in Welding:

The typical student is a solid academic student on track with credits for graduation. Students who enroll in Welding Technology like hands-on work and plan to pursue a career in a technical field. Successful students are able to work independently and stay on task without constant supervision. All students earn parts of the AWS certification. Some second-year students complete the AWS Sense Level 1 certification and begin working in internships during the spring semester. Students who complete the certification are qualified for entry-level welding positions when they graduate. Employers regularly contact NCCC seeking potential interns and full-time employees.

In the Past 5 Years

  • Students completed internships with local companies and went on to full-time employment at the companies
  • Students earned scholarships based on certifications and competition success
  • Students have gone on to attend Ivy Tech, Ferris State, Lincoln Tech, Vincennes, University of Northern Ohio, and more

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  • Welding I

    Welding Technology I

    Students develop skills in the basic welding areas including shielded metal (SMAW), gas metal arc (GMAW or MIG), gas tungsten arc (TIG), oxy- fuel, fuel cutting manual, and semi-automatic. Projects and welding exercises are utilized to teach students how to weld various kinds of metals in 4 basic welding positions - flat, vertical, horizontal, and overhead. Classroom instruction includes blue print reading, metallurgy, theory of the various types of welding, and machine setup and use. Students apply the various welding techniques to design and construct projects for individuals. Upon completion of this program, students pursue 2 and 4-year postsecondary degrees such as welding technology and welding engineering. Students also enter employment in construction and fabrication businesses and enter apprenticeships that identify welding as a related career.

    Dual College Credits:

    WELD 108 Shielded Metal Arc Welding I - Ivy Tech 3 credits - Testing is required. Qualifies for THD Priority Dual Credits.

    INDT 114 Introduction to Welding - Ivy Tech 3 credits - Testing is not required. Qualifies for THD Priority Dual Credits.


    How to prepare

    The following courses will help prepare students for the Welding Technology program, college, and a career in the welding field. These courses are not required but are recommended if available.

    • Algebra I, II and Geometry
    • Technology Courses
    • Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW-IED) 
    • Principles of Engineering (PLTW-POE)

    What You Will Learn

    • Read blueprints and understand metallurgy
    • Learn how to weld SMAW, MIG, and TIG
    • Weld flat, vertical, horizontal, and overhead
    • Participate in student competitions
    • Earn dual credit and AWS certification

    Course Information

    • Number of High School Credits: 6
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Eligible Grade Levels: 11, 12
    • New Castle High School
    • Required Cost: Approximately $200.00 Covers: Personal tools and equipment.
  • Welding II

    Welding Technology II

    Students in Welding Technology II are able to complete additional AWS certifications and intern at local companies. Upon completion of this program, students pursue 2 and 4-year postsecondary degrees such as welding technology and welding engineering. Students also enter employment in construction and fabrication businesses and enter apprenticeships that identify welding as a related career.

    Dual College Credits:

    WELD 207 Gas Metal Arc Welding - Ivy Tech 3 credits - Testing is not required. Qualifies for THD Priority Dual Credits.

    Industry Certifications:

    AWS (American Welding Society) Sense Level 1 Certification  - Testing is required. Qualifies for THD.

    What You Will Learn

    • Work on more complex projects and AWS Certifications
    • Complete internships
    • Participate in student competitions
    • Earn additional dual credit and AWS certification

    Course Information

    • Number of High School Credits: 6
    • Prerequisites: Welding I - Welding Technology I
    • Eligible Grade Levels: 12
    • New Castle High School
    • Required Cost: $0