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The Welding Technology program takes a very practical approach to the introduction and advancement of the skills required to work in the trade.  The students will be exposed to basic welding techniques, intermediate and advanced welding procedures and the basics of metal fabrication.  The program offers students training in 5 different welding processes, 4 different metal cutting processes, and the proper use of various hand and power tools for finishing and metal fabrication.   

Welding abilities can be used in many other related trades such as iron working, boiler makers, steam and pipe fitting, mechanics, auto body repair, sales and service industries, aerospace, and food production.  Students will use a variety of light and heavy gauge metals such as mild steel, cast iron, stainless steel, and aluminum.

The first course in the program is Exploration of Welding Technology (WTA10S).  This course is designed to give the student a realistic experience in a welding shop atmosphere.  Some skills students will learn include:

  •   Shop safety
  •   Metal fabrication tools and equipment
  •   Measuring and layout tools
  •   Shearing
  •   Basics of oxygen/acetylene welding
  •   Oxygen/acetylene cutting
  •   Plasma arc cutting
  •   Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)


Students continuing in this program at the grade 10, 11, and 12 levels will be able to develop skills in:

  •   Metal Design/Fabrication & Oxy-Acetylene Procedures
  •   Basic G.M.A.W. (MIG) Procedures
  •   Basic S.M.A.W. (ARC) Procedures
  •   Ability to weld various types of materials, such as  Cast, Aluminum, and Stainless Steel
  •   Blueprint reading
  •   Fabricating and welding of various projects