This career major is an introduction to the basics of one of the hottest careers at Tech — welding. In this program you’ll explore what it takes to cut and weld metal. You’ll learn how to perform Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and Oxy-fuel Cutting (OFC). Students who successfully complete the program will be able to perform fillet and groove welds with backing in all positions using five different electrodes, three modes of transfer and self-shielded and gas shielded wire. Before heading into the shop, students will cover welding/shop safety and be introduced to welding symbols, blueprints and industry mathematics. Attention will also be placed on industry credentials with opportunities for students to attain.
Students who attend part-time can complete this course in one year. This course is a prerequisite for Welding Level 2.
Get out of the classroom and into the real world with projects such as:
Use the skills you’ll learn in this program to find a career you’ll love. Possibilities include:
Safety in Welding Shop
Basic Math for Welders
FCAW – Fillet and Groove
Fundamentals of Welding – SMAW, GMAW, FCAW
GMAW – Fillet and Groove
SMAW – Fillet and Groove with Backing
Basic Welding Blueprints and Drawings
WorkKeys®, an assessment tool from the ACT® organization, measures skills employers have identified as critical to job success in their industry and are used in hiring and promoting employees. Students are able to earn the ACT®-issued National Career Readiness Certificate by meeting the score requirements for their job field on three WorkKeys® assessments.
Matching the right employees with the right job creates employee job satisfaction, increased self-confidence and the best wages possible for the employee. The employer benefits with reduced turnover and training, increased productivity and overall company success. To learn about the WorkKeys® scores needed for your future career field visit Job Profiles.
The required WorkKeys scores for this career major are:
Applied Math – 3
Workplace Documents – 3
Graphic Literacy – 3
In order to be successful in a career, students will need to meet all technical and academic standards related to their career of choice at Meridian. Meridian offers rigorous programs of study designed in cooperation with business and industry to ensure students are fully prepared for the demands of the workplace.
When a student completes all standards as set forth in their program of study, they will be considered a graduate of Meridian and receive the Career Ready Credential. Students who do not meet these standards will not be considered graduates of Meridian. Students should have:
Students earning a Career Ready Credential may also earn the Postsecondary Ready Endorsement, Citizenship Ready Endorsement and the National Career Readiness Certificate (CRC).
Already working and just need a welding fundamentals or certification short course that meets twice a week in the evenings? Go to our short course listings and enter “welding” in the search bar to see when our next classes start.