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Welding Technology

Most of the objects around us including buildings, bridges, vehicles, computers and medical devices are welded, brazed, or soldered. Welding is both a science and an art that requires skilled technicians to operate the most basic to high-tech equipment. Job prospects for welders trained in the latest technologies are good nationally and in southern Michigan. Completers of the LISD TECH Center welding class have little difficulty finding work. Successful students are often recruited for employment prior to graduation.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This class provides students with an opportunity to explore a wide variety of welding processes, as well as the knowledge, skills, safety and professional behaviors necessary for competent performance as a welder or welding technician. Students in this program will learn the basic science about metal and the many different ways weld, cut, solder or braze metals together, including: shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc welding; thermal cutting and weld inspection. Safety and welding code and procedures for a variety of industrial applications will be emphasized. Students are able to earn Jackson College credit as part of this class.

TO BE SUCCESSFUL

Success students are typically creative, enjoy working with their hands, are problem solvers and have math, science and reading skills. Welders generally are detail-orientated, have a steady hand and excellent hand-eye coordination, good physical stamina and strength, and are able to read, understand and interpret two- and three-dimensional diagrams.

INSTRUCTOR

Justin Schmidt graduated from Gaylord High School in Gaylord, Michigan and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Welding Engineering from Ferris State University. He has 16 years professional experience including working as a welding engineer at L & W Engineering and as a welding professor at Monroe County Community College.

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RELATED CAREERS

*Completion of this program could lead to careers in:

Welding
Engineering
Artist
Manufacturing
Collision Repair
Pipe fitter
Boilermaker

*Note: Additional education may be required.

COLLEGE CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES*

Baker College
Davenport University
Jackson College
Washtenaw Community College

*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the class.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT*

1.0 3rd Science
1.0 4th Math
1.0 Visual & Performing Arts
1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)

*The LISD TECH Center recommends the academic credit listed. Credit can only be awarded by local districts. The academic credit listed above is for completion of 2 years.

CERTIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

American Welding Society SENSE Level 1 Welding Certificate (AWS)
American Welding Society D1.1 Structural Steel Welding Certification (AWS)

STUDENT ORGANIZATION

SkillsUSA