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Otsego Northern Catskills



Welding and Metal Fabrication

Instructor: Bryan Bordinger
Course Description
            Welding and Metal Fabrication is a one or two-year program which provides basic preparation in welding theory and principles, and includes the use of welding equipment, tools, and materials.  Once students have learned the basics, the majority of the class-work is hands-on. Students work to perfect their welding and fabrication skills by practicing on real life projects. Students with prior knowledge in mathematics and chemistry will find this to their advantage.

Students who want to pursue welding need to be motivated, patient, and able to follow multi-step instructions.  Students also need to have the ability to work independently, as well as within a group.  Students must be willing to take the initiative and follow through until their work is completed.  Since welding can be potentially dangerous, students must be consistent about safety precautions and wearing the required protective eyewear and clothing.

Throughout the course, students gain the skills and competence to become Department of Transportation (DOT) certified welders.  Students who complete the course are able to gain employment in the welding of steels, stainless steels, aluminum, and blueprint reading at many different levels.

Industry Certification
New York State Department of Transportation Certified Welder

Career Opportunities

= Welder Combination
= Welding Inspector
= Welding Supervisor
= Welders Assistant
= Arc Welding
= MIG Welding
= Oxy-Acetylene Cutting and Welding
= Shielded Metal Arc Welding
= Gas Welding
= Plasma Arc Welding
= Flux Core Welding
= Submerged Welding
= TIG Welding
= Welder Fitter
= Welding Engineer
= Welding Equipment Sales
= Shop Safety
= Blueprint Reading
= Welder Technician
= Job Shop Owner/Operator
= Welding Service Representative

Welding Processes Studied

= Shop and Machine Safety
= Oxy-Acetylene Cutting and Welding
= Plasma Cutting
= Shielded Metal Arc Welding Basic
= Shielded Metal Arc Welding Advanced
= Tungsten Inert Gas Welding (TIG)
= Steels
= Stainless Steel
= Aluminum
= Metal Inert Gas Welding (MIG)
= Steels
= Aluminum
= Blueprint Reading

Articulation Agreements
Students in the Welding and Metal Fabrication program may receive college credits through:

= SUNY Delhi
= Hobart Institute of Welding  Technology
= Pennsylvania College of Technology

Students in the Welding Program may be eligible for the following scholarships:

= Clark Scholarship
= Capra Welding Scholarship
= National Technical Honor Society
= College for Every Student
= Industry

Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (SkillsUSA VICA)
SkillsUSA is a student organization that develops leadership abilities and gives students the opportunity to participate in competitions in their vocational areas.