Welding and Metal Joining Technology

Welding and Metal Joining Technology offers an instructional area where students learn to become proficient in the skills and techniques needed to become licensed welders and fabricators. The welding department is dedicated to the advancement of science, technology, and application of welding and fabrication. The program provides training for a challenging career in the ever-expanding welding industry. The program of study is correlated between Related Theory and Shop. The program consists of six areas of study, safety, welding, fabricating, employability, entrepreneurship, and technology which are carefully arraigned in sequential steps. Students receive training in seven different welding disciplines and are counseled about the many career opportunities that are available. All instruction utilizes the latest in "state of the art" equipment. Safety is emphasized on a daily basis.

Course Offerings

Sheet Metal 10

Course Numbers: 11180 (4.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Sheet Metal Grade 10: In this course, students will layout and fabricate commonly used round fittings using parallel and radial line development to include elbows, tees, and reducers using hand turning machines and various stakes. Students will engage in the input of round fittings on the plasma cutting table. Students will continue their training in the safe use of shop power equipment.


Sheet Metal 11

Course Numbers: 11181 (4.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Sheet Metal Grade 11: In this course, students will layout and fabricate fittings applying the triangulation method used in light residential; commercial; and heavy industrial applications. Students will also learn MIG welding techniques; how to safely operate a Power Press Brake; and the proper and safe use of power rolls; Iron Horse and hand plasma cutters. Students will learn how to input fittings on the plasma cutting table and will begin to participate in a fabricating special project for the city and school


Sheet Metal 12

Course Numbers: 11182 (4.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Sheet Metal Grade 12: In this course, students will learn how to fabricate louvers; compound and transitional HVAC fittings; architectural finials; and conductor heads. Students will continue to refine their knowledge of all aspects of the trade, using critical thinking to solve fabrication processes. Students who are eligible may participate in a cooperative educational partnership.


Sheet Metal 9

Course Numbers: 11179 (1.50)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Sheet Metal Grade 9: In this course, students will learn the proper safe applications and soldering techniques of various metals; layout and fabrication of HVAC duct systems, buckets, funnels, and other round applications. Students will learn to safely utilize manual brakes; shears; rolls; hand-turning machines; powered lock formers; resistance welders; and hand tools.


SM Related Theory 10

Course Numbers: 11083 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Related Sheet Metal Theory Grade 10: In this course, students will learn how to safely operate power equipment, including the drill press; vertical band saw; pedestal grinder; angle grinder; and cold saw utilizing equipment manuals. Students gain knowledge of fasteners; taps; dies; and drills and will utilize computers for the Applied Educational System demonstrating their understanding of computer hardware and software; connectivity; research; problem-solving; and communication. Students will also complete math, reading, and writing assignments as they pertain to the industry.


SM Related Theory 11

Course Numbers: 11084 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Related Sheet Metal Theory Grade 11: In this course, students will learn how to safely operate the Power Press Brake to include tonnage calculations and bend allowances, as well as correct die sizes and applications. Students will learn to safely operate the 55 ton Geka Hydraulic Ironworker using tonnage calculations and correct punch/dies; the MIG welder; and the hand-operated Plasma Cutter. Students will learn how to write resumes and cover letters and use computers for the Applied Educational System demonstrating their employability skills, critical thinking, and positive work behaviors. Students will also receive their OSHA Construction 10 hour training card.


SM Related Theory 12

Course Numbers: 11085 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Related Sheet Metal Theory Grade 12: In this course, students will to read and identify Structural, Architectural, and Mechanical blueprints; specifications; and all components of industrial and commercial HVAC systems and job estimating. Students will also acquire knowledge about labor agreeements, union, and open shops. Students will use computers for Applied Educational System demonstrating their understanding of basic business practices required to start and run a company/organization.


SM Related Theory 9

Course Numbers: 11082 (0.25)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Related Sheet Metal Theory Grade 9: In this course, students will learn safe practices and acquire an awareness of the hazards of the shop and the construction industry. Students will learn soldering techniques using B-Tanks as well as trade terminology. Students will also complete math, reading, and writing assignments as they pertain to the industry.


Welding 10

Course Numbers: 11192 (4.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Welding Grade 10: In this course, students will learn the GTAW (Gas-Tungsten-Arc Welding) process. Students will also read, understand, and communicate in the language of the welding field. Students will learn to read blueprints and use mathematical skills and processes related to the welding field.


Welding 11

Course Numbers: 11193 (4.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Welding Grade 11: In this course, students will utilize the three welding processes: GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding); FCAW (FluxCored Arc Welding); and SAW (Submerged Arc Welding). Students will also read, understand, and communicate in the language of the welding field and use mathematical skills and processes related to the welding field. Students will also work on projects in a job shop atmosphere.


Welding 12

Course Numbers: 11194 (4.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Welding Grade 12: In this course, students will practice the seven processes that are utilized by professional welders. Students will work in teams to design and build projects. Students will focus their efforts on becoming proficient in SMAW (Sheet Metal Arc Welding) in order to become certified with MA Bridge Certification.


Welding 9

Course Numbers: 11191 (1.50)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Welding Grade 9: In this course, students will develop a solid understanding of basic welding principles, practices, and procedures needed to perform basic welding tasks. Students will develop basic skills to utilize equipment including shears; bending brakes; spot welders and hand tools. Students will also learn to use oxy-fuel equipment and become proficient in the oxy-acetylene process.


WE Related Theory 10

Course Numbers: 11095 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Related Theory Welding Grade 10: In this course, students will explore the GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) process. Students will acquire beginning knowledge of blueprint reading. Students will use mathematical skills and processes to solve problems related to the welding field.


WE Related Theory 11

Course Numbers: 11096 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Related Theory Welding Grade 11: In this course, students will explore current technology that relates to the welding industry and gain an understanding of developing technology. Students will access a variety of sources to research and organize information to gain an understanding of the career opportunities in the welding field. Students will study the following welding processes: GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding); FCAW (Flux Core Arc Welding); SAW (Submerged Arc Welding); and PAW (Plasma Arc Welding). Students will read, understand, and communicate in the language of the welding field; comprehend advanced blueprint reading; and use mathematical skills and processes to solve problems related to the welding field.


WE Related Theory 12

Course Numbers: 11097 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Related Theory Welding Grade 12: In this course, students will access a variety of sources to research and organize information to gain an understanding of the career opportunities in the welding field. Students will study the SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) process. Students will read, understand, and communicate in the language of the welding field; comprehend advanced blueprint reading; and use mathematical skills and processes to solve problems related to the welding field.


WE Related Theory 9

Course Numbers: 11094 (0.25)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Related Theory Welding Grade 9: Students will gain a solid understanding of basic welding principles, practices, and procedures necessary to perform basic welding tasks. Students will develop thinking, reasoning and communication skills in addition to developing basic theory skills to utilize equipment including shears; bending brakes; spot welders; related hand-tools; and oxy-fuel equipment.


Cooperative Education and Internship Opportunities

All eligible students have the opportunity to participate in Cooperative Education and Internship experiences at a variety of approved learning sites across the city in their junior and/or senior year. While the requirements and specific opportunities vary from school to school, and program to program, the structured combination of classroom based education and practical work experience provides students with the skills necessary to comfortably navigate the world of work. Some of the internship and cooperative education opportunities students have experienced include the following partners:

  • Aimtek Inc.
  • Turbine Repair Center
  • City Welding and Sheet Metal
  • Consolidated Fabricators
  • Curtis Cab
  • Worcester County Fabricating

Career Opportunities

  • Welding
  • Ironworker
  • Fabricating
  • Pipefitter
  • Boilermaker
  • Micro-welding
  • Welding Machine Operator
  • Underwater Welder
  • Welding Educator
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