Course Description:

Welding and metal fabrication is a two year or three year program beginning in the 10th and 11th grade and is designed to teach the basic skills of metal fabrication welding with the major emphasis on welding. Students will learn how to join metals by the use of Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Flux-Core Arc Welding, and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding according to the layouts, blueprints, and specifications. Students will cut metal to a given shape and size using Oxyfuel, Plasma, and Air carbon arc cutting equipment.

Basic elements of the course include the recognition of welding symbols, familiarity with melting and welding characteristics of various types of metals, making different welds from all angles, selecting the proper materials and equipment for the proper and safe operation, and blueprint reading. Students are requires to take the National Occupational Competency Test for welding. If passed, the student will receive a certificate from the State of Pennsylvania for entry level welding, enabling them to make a choice of areas for future employment. Students are taught to make layouts, draft patterns, cut and form parts, weld and fabricate items according to specifications.

Skills Learned:

Some of the skills a student will be able to perform are safely operate welding equipment, weld plate, weld in flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead portions, fabricate items, operate a power shear, layout a template, Interpret lines, symbols, and views. Students will also learn to weld using steel, aluminum, and stainless steel, use oxyfuel, plasma, and air carbon cutting equipment.

Related Occupations and Earnings:

Related occupations include Welders and Metal Fabricators. Earnings range between $12-$60/hour.

Post-Secondary Opportunities:

Articulated credits can be earned toward an Associate’s Degree at Institutions such as Westmoreland County Community College, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and Pennsylvania College of Technology


Mr. Baur & Mr. Sidun –
Phone Number – 724-925-3532 x. 1346 & 1353
Office Hours: 7:15am to 7:45am
10:45am to 10:55am
2:30pm to 2:45pm
Please leave a voicemail message outside of these times.

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Pennsylvania Youth Survey

Passive Parental/Caregiver Permission Letter

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Our school is taking part in the 2021 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The survey will ask questions about the behaviors of students in the 10th, and 12th grades, including questions about school climate, violence, depression, bullying, and substance abuse. 

The information we receive will assist us and our community partners in working to prevent adolescent drug use and other problem behaviors. We want to ensure that all parents and caregivers are notified that the survey is being conducted and provide you with as much information about the survey as possible.  As a parent or caregiver, you have the right to prohibit your child’s participation. The following facts about the survey will help you make an informed decision about your child’s participation:

Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. Students will be instructed by their proctor that they can skip any questions they do not understand or choose not to answer. If they have any questions or concerns after taking this survey, they are instructed to talk with their school counselor or a trusted adult.

The survey is designed to protect each student’s privacy. It is anonymous and confidential. Students will not put their names on the survey, and no student will ever have their individual responses reported. 

The survey is well tested, having been administered to over 1,000,000 Pennsylvania students since the 1990’s. The information collected has proved invaluable to prevention planners in selecting programming to promote healthy youth development.

You can request a list of the survey questions by visiting this link: https://www.episcenter.psu.edu/index.php/paysquestion. For more information about the survey, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit www.pays.pa.gov then click on “2021.”

The survey will be administered during the school day later this fall and will take one class period to complete.  If you do not want your child to participate, please submit your request to [email protected] or in writing to the CWCTC.

Thank you for your help in our efforts to keep our schools drug free and safe for learning. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Darcy Szymkiewicz  724.925.3532 ext 1360.

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