The primary goal of the Metal Fabrication shop is to provide the education necessary for students to become entry-level workers in the metal fabrication, welding, and sheet metal fields. Qualification and certification standards are based on AWS (American Welding Society) guidelines. The Northeast Metal Fabrication program is registered with the AWS as an Educational Institution Member and participates in the AWS S.E.N.S.E (Schools Excelling through National Skill Standards Education) program. This national standard provides guidelines for minimal learning objectives, performance conditions, evaluation, and learning objectives necessary to accomplish welder training. Students will learn a variety of welding and cutting processes including: Shielded Metal Arc; Gas Tungsten Arc; Flux Cored Arc; standard and dual shield; Gas Metal Arc; Gas Welding. Cutting processes that are taught include: Carbon Arc; Plasma Arc; Flame cutting. As part of the program, students will learn to use state-of-the-art power equipment: shears; bending brakes; rollers; saws; a variety of bench and hand tools. Students will be taught to use these tools to cut, bend, and shape materials such as steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Applications of shop machinery are project based. Shop-related classroom activities include, but are not limited to safe practices; shop math; basic electricity; blueprint reading; weld-symbol identification; and weld theory; as well as career related writing and communication skills. Additionally, students are given 10 hours of OSHA training and receive an OSHA safety certificate upon successful completion of the exam. The shop and related curriculum are correlated and exceed AWS recommendations. Students who complete the training program pass seven workmanship qualification tests using a variety of welding and cutting processes, pass two welder certification tests, and achieve a minimum score of 70 on the written examination, will be issued a national certificate from the AWS.
Sample Job Titles:
- Body Welder
- Spot Welder
- Steel Welder
- Underwater Welder
- Metal Fabricator
Technical, Apprentice and Higher Education Majors:
- Welding Engineering Technology
- Welding Engineer
- Advanced Welders, Cutters and Welder Fitters
- Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
- Pipefitters and Steamfitters
- Sheet Metal Fabricator
Certifications and Career Advancement: The Certified Welder (CW) program tests welders in procedures used in the structural steel, petroleum pipelines, sheet metal and chemical refinery welding industries. There is a provision to test to a company-supplied or non-code welding specification. Sheet Metal Workers: Certifications related to sheet metal specialties are offered by a wide variety of associations, some of which are listed in the sources of more information at the end of this statement. Those that complete registered apprenticeships are certified as journey workers, which can help to prove their skills to employers. Sheet metal workers can choose one of many specialties. Workers can specialize in commercial and residential HVAC installation and maintenance, industrial welding and fabrication, exterior or architectural sheet metal installation, sign fabrication, and testing and balancing of building systems. Welders can advance to more skilled welding jobs with additional training and experience. For example, they may become welding technicians, supervisors, inspectors, or instructors. Some experienced welders open their own repair shops. Other welders, especially those who obtain a bachelors degree, become welding engineers.CONNECTION TO WORK AND HIGHER EDUCATIONIndustry Affiliations: SKILLS USAIndustry Certifications available in High School:
- OSHA 10 hour Construction, Safety & Health
- American Welding Society (AWS) Welder Certificate (can earn hours toward certification)
- Local 7 Iron Workers
- Local 532 Pipefitters
- Construction Craft Laborers Apprenticeship Program
- Sheet Metal Workers Local 17
PREPARATION FOR ADVANCED WELDER CERTIFICATION AND MOTORCYCLE WELDING AND FABRICATION AVAILABLE THROUGH NE ADULT EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
METAL FABRICATION: COURSE OF STUDY
GRADE 9 EXPLORATORY – COURSE #MFX 1.4 CREDITS Grade 9 exploratory students will be introduced to trade orientation; personal and shop safety; basic shielded metal arc welding; and ornamental fabrication.
GRADE 9 SHOP- COURSE #MFXF-16 4 CREDITS Students will continue to study personal and shop safety; basic shielded metal arc welding and ornamental fabrication. The students will also be introduced to shop math, the ruler, basic metal arc welding and oxyacetylene welding and cutting
GRADE 10 SHOP – COURSE #MF2 20 CREDITS Grade 10 students learn welding shop safety as it relates to newly introduced topics and competencies including but not limited to oxyacetylene (welding ,brazing and cutting ), shielded metal arc welding, layout and fixtures, hand rolling, hand tools, material handling, power shear, powered ironworker, and gas metal arc welding.
GRADE 10 RELATED – COURSE #MF2R 5 CREDITS During the Grade 10 related course, students continue to study Oxyacetylene Welding and Shielded Metal Arc with nationally recognized Hobart materials including safety precautions for oxyacetylene welding and cutting and shield metal arc, in conjunction with AWS SENSE Workmanship Qualification standards, Destructive testing using AWS standard bend testing, and Destructive testing using AWS standard brake testing. The students will also prepare for successful completion of the OSHA 10 hour construction program certification.
GRADE 11 SHOP – COURSE #MF3 25 CREDITS Grade 11 students will continue to learn welding shop safety as they experience lessons in Gas tungsten arc welding (steel, stainless and aluminum). Students will develop skills with Basic and CNC brake operations, powered rollers, cut off milling, plasma arc cutting, carbon arc cutting, advance metal forming, metal finishing, OSHA certification, and fabricating projects from blueprints. Understanding and compliance with welding code is emphasized.
GRADE 11 RELATED – COURSE #MF3R 5 CREDITS Grade 11 students study: Shielded Metal Arc Welding Advanced #2 and continue all position welding. Instruction in surfacing of steel, macro etching welds, guided bend-testing welds, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding is provided. Fundamentals of application, all position welding practice on mild steel, all position welding practice on aluminum is also addressed. The students will also be introduced to the plasma cam and will begin their work on the Junior/Senior Project.
GRADE 12 SHOP – COURSE #MF4 25 CREDITS Grade 12 students will learn flux core arc welding, dual shield welding, basic metallurgy; testing and inspecting methods and procedures, hardfacing, pipe welding (up and down), pipe fitting layout, CNC plasma cutting, portable welding, and structural and maintenance welding. Grade 12 students will strive for completion of the AWS S.E.N.S.E. program requirements.
GRADE 12 RELATED – COURSE #MF4R 5 CREDITS Highlights of the Grade 12 related curriculum includes a review and expansion of safety procedures and health precautions, as well as information on all position welding using dual shield, Air Carbon Arc Cutting and Gouging, The students complete work on their Junior/Senior Projects culminating in an oral presentation.