Program Description

The program prepares students for a career as a welding technician. Welding is a high-tech industry that can take you places all over the world. Welders work on planes, NASCAR, national defense, laboratories, fabrication, construction, manufacturing, sales and repair. The varied welding industry impacts virtually every field. Technology is creating more uses for welding in the workplace.

CTE instructors train students in the fundamentals of shield metal arc welding (SMAW), Oxy-Acetylene cutting and plasma cutting. Students learn to use gases and/or welding processes. They will learn all four welding positions: flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead. Students will braze and solder metal parts according to diagrams, blueprints and written specifications.

Students will gain a basic understanding of welding and metal fabrication procedures. Skill development includes layout and measurement techniques, operating equipment, metal preparation and safety management. They learn tool and equipment maintenance, prototype development and evaluation and industrial management strategies. Students apply these skills in constructing a variety of projects.

Students will apply their knowledge and skills in industry work experiences. The CTE Department may structure the field experience. This may include laboratory-based, paid or unpaid work experiences for students.

Course Content

  • Shop Safety
  • Power Tools
  • WSP (Welding Set up Procedure)
  • Oxy-Acetylene Cutting
  • SMAW (Shielded Metal Arv Welding)
  • Plasma Arc Cutting
  • CNC Plasma Cutting
  • Pipe Welding

Business and Industry Partners

Associated Builder and Contractors of Greater Houston · CenterPoint Energy · Construction and Maintenance Education Foundation · Lincoln Electric · Nexgen

College Partners

Lone Star College

Program of Study

Industry Certifications

  • NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) Core
  • NCCER Welding Level 1
  • Welding Level 1 Certificate – Lone Star College

Possible Career Pathways

  • Welder
  • Structural Welder
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Welding Inspector
  • Iron Worker

*Median Pay Per Year

$40,240 – $52,590
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Website: bls.gov/ooh

*The wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. Median Pay Per Year range includes occupations listed on Bureau of Labor Statistics.

HS Endorsement: Business & Industry
9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Introduction to Welding Welding I Welding II Practicum in Manufacturing