Welding & Fabrication

  • Program Highlights:

    Welding students learn the technology and art of joining metal by various methods, including gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and oxy-acetylene welding (OAW). Students also learn gas and electric arc cutting, blueprint reading, electrode selection, joint design, and metallurgy. Students complete test plates to increase skill and accuracy. Students apply welding and cutting skills to fabrication of metal objects and work on customer projects, fabricating, repairing parts/equipment, and performing maintenance.

EMCC students welding

Units of Study

  •  Basic (Year 1)

    • Safety
    • Introduction to Welding
    • Oxy-Acetylene Welding (OAW)
    • Hand tools and their safe use
    • Power Tools/Equipment and their safe use
    • Oxy-Fuel Cutting (OFC)
    • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC)
    • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)

    Advanced (Year 2)

    • Review Shop Safety
    • Gas Metal Arc Welding
    • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) – Steel, Aluminum and Stainless Steel
    • Welding Metallurgy
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Layout Techniques
    • Fabrication Techniques
    • Work Experience Program


Industry Based Exam/Certifications

    • Welding—National Occupational Competency Testing Institute Test
    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 hour card



  • Career Connections

    • Entry-level positions as a welder/fabricator

    College Programs

    • welding and applied technology
    • manufacturing and engineering
    • apprenticeship programs via local unions

Items to Consider

  • Successful students:

    • Have good manual dexterity, and are able to work with multiple materials/tools at one time
    • Follow all Safety procedures, and practice safe work habits at all times
    • Arrive to class prepared wearing sturdy leather work boots, jeans with no holes, and a long sleeve shirt
    • Will be required to purchase a Welding Kit from our welding supplier at school