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delcastleDelcastle Technical High School

Design, fabricate, and repair ferrous and non-ferrous metals using various welding processes.

Program Description

Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. Typically, heat is applied to the metal pieces causing the parts to melt, fuse, and then form a permanent bond. Because of its strength, welding is used to construct and repair parts of ships, automobiles, spacecraft, and many other products. It also joins beams and steel reinforcing rods in buildings, bridges, and highways. Three common ways to create the heat that is applied to the parts being joined are electric arc welding, resistance welding, and gas welding. In arc and gas welding, filler materials are melted and added to the weld puddle to give the joint greater strength. It is the job of the welder to control the amount of heat and the size of the melted area and to add the proper amount of filler material in order to form a strong joint. Employment for welders is expected to increase due to a greater demand. This demand, high skill requirements, and working conditions that are often difficult combine to make the earnings in this field above average to excellent. Students who successfully complete sections A through H on the Welding / Fabrication Target List, and are recommended by their Instructor, will have completed Level 1 of the American Welding Society (AWS) welding certification program, and are eligible for advanced placement in the NCCVT Welding Apprenticeship Program. Advanced placement in a Trade Apprenticeship Program is available for qualified graduates through Tech Prep and NCCER Level I.

Employment opportunities requiring apprenticeship training after high school:

  • Pipe Welder, Pipe Fitter, Structural Steel Welder, Steel Fabricator, Iron Worker, Maintenance Welder, Construction Welding.