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Are you the type of person that enjoys working with your hands?
Do you take great pride in your work?
Are you the person that people go to when they need something built?
Do you enjoy seeing what you have created?
Are you looking for a career rather that a job?
Would you like to earn a great wage?
Did you answer yes to the questions above?

Then Welding is the right choice for you!

Students learn to cut and join metal using gas torch, arc and wire-feed welding equipment; repair broken metal parts on machinery, equipment, boats and structures. Students will learn: arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, gas metal arc welding, air carbon arc cutting, plasma arc cutting, oxyfuel gas cutting and welding, and flux-core arc welding. You may be prepared to meet industry certification requirements as a certified welder upon successful completion of the program. At the end of the program successful students will be able to:

  • Safely and accurately use a variety of electric arc processes, basic hand tools and shop equipment to fabricate durable goods.
  • Safely and accurately use a variety of torches and fuel gasses to produce parts that are used to fabricate durable goods.
  • Demonstrate teamwork, responsible/dependable behavior in decision making and task performance.
  • Apply and practice workplace safety policies and procedures in the course of learning welding and related skills.

The Welding Trades Program at West Sound Technical Skills Center will introduce local high school students to the world of welding.. The students will experience hands on training with the tools of the trade in a real world setting. This program includes both in-class theory and on the job site experience. The Welding program is housed in a large facility that includes an expansive shop and classroom area. The program has a large outside work area where the students apply their skills. 

Students learn to cut and join metal using gas torch, arc and wire-feed welding equipment; repair broken metal parts on machinery, equipment, boats and structures. Students can be prepared to meet industry certification requirements as a certified welder upon successful completion of the program. Students will learn: shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux-core arc welding (FCAW), air carbon arc cutting, plasma arc cutting, and oxy-fuel gas cutting and welding. 

Students will be required to read and comprehend professional technical manuals; perform required business math skills; and communicate effectively in written and oral presentations. Dexterity and spatial skills contribute to student’s individual success in this career field. A strong command of math skills to include addition/subtraction/multiplication/division of whole numbers and fractions, measurement principles, plus an understanding of geometry will be necessary in this program. Students should possess good manual dexterity, have the ability to work on feet for long period of time and be able to lift heavy objects. Students need to complete at least one year for minimum skill development.

This program is modified open entry, which means a student may start at several times during the school year, depending on space available in the class. Students can receive elective and specific credits recommended to sending schools dependent upon student’s length of enrollment. Students that successfully complete the course will receive a certificate and have the opportunity to move into apprenticeship positions or if applicable acquire upwards of 8 college credits through PC3 Connect Dual Crediting. Certification from Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) available upon passing test to weld structural steel. WABO test is available at Olympic College