Welding Technology

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Welding Technology Students Practice

Skills for the Future

Welding students gain a solid foundation by understanding the basic terms, techniques, and procedures of the American Welding Society. This knowledge is put into practice, producing a variety of projects interpreted from blueprints.

Skills learned include:

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)

  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)

  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)

  • Shear

  • Saws

  • Drill Press

  • Press Brake

  • CNC Plasma Cutter

  • Oxy-acetylene Cutting and Brazing

  • Welds Symbols & Blueprint Reading

Welding Technologies students work with mild steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and cast iron, and learned to weld flat, horizontally, vertical, and overhead.

Career Development

Students who qualify, have the opportunity to participate in one of three options for career development during their senior year.

  • School-to-Apprentice Program

  • Advanced Placement

  • Early Placement

All of these programs allow students to be in the workforce while attending school on a modified schedule, so you can earn while you learn.

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Mr. Tony TrappApprenticeship Coordinator 

Mrs. Naomi BakerCareer Placement Specialist   

Career Opportunities

  • Production Welder

  • Apprentice

  • Ironworker

  • Pipefitter

  • Boilermaker

  • Millwright

  • Salesperson

  • Test welder

  • Welder/fabricator

Industry Stats

  • 6% projected growth in the next 10 years = 22,500 new jobs

  • Ohio employs 17,310 of the 404,800 welders in the US 

Earning Potential for Welders

  • Median wage: $19.35/hour

  • Typical range: $13.20 - $30.37/hour

  • Advanced skills and training can increase earning potential

Certifications Earned

  • OSHA 10 Hour

  • Forklift

  • AWS Welder Certification (optional)

College Credit Agreements

Edison State Community College - up to 14 semester hours

Advanced Educational Opportunities

  • Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

  • Ohio Technical College

  • Lincoln Tech

Our Instructors

Alan WuebkerInstructor Level I & II
wuebkera@uppervalleycc.org 937.778.1980  x817

Matt Shirey, Paraprofessional shireym@uppervalleycc.org937.778.1980  x739

Career Technical Student Organization

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All students in the Electrical Trades program are also members of the Upper Valley Career Center Skills USA Chapter.

Skills USA Mission:
SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.