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Metal Trades

  • Precision Machining and Welding are two courses that make up the Metal Trades Program. Students will be exposed to both areas, gaining skills necessary to be successful in today's industry. Second-year students will choose an area of concentration - either Welding or Precision Machining.

Precision Machining

  • Earn up to six college credits. Third-year math credit is available.

    Students prepare for entry-level positions such as apprentice machinists, tool and die makers, mold makers, model makers or machine builders. People employed in one of these occupations often make custom or one-of-a-kind items. Students learn how to set up and operate equipment commonly used in modern machine shops. Hands-on instruction is provided in the use of lathes, milling machines, surface and cylindrical grinders, drill presses, computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathes and milling machines, and the electrical discharge machine (EDM). Units of study include safety, computer-aided drafting, and design (CAD), welding, precision measurements, precision layout, and heat-treating.

Welding

  • Earn up to three college credits. Third-year math credit is available.

    Students gain knowledge and skills in a variety of metal joining and cutting processes. Skills are developed in Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc (TIG), Gas Metal Arc (MIG) welding, Plasma Arc (PAC) and Oxy-Fuel (OFC) cutting. Out of position, structural, pipe welding, and print reading are also covered. Skills are developed through hands-on projects and work for customers. Students may receive entry-level welder certification from the American Welding Society upon successful completion of the written exam and welder performance samples.

    During this course, students earn their 10-hour OSHA certification and OSHA forklift license. Students who are eligible may apply for their "Class B" license.

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