This program was created to give students an in depth look at the industrial welding career pathway while also providing a comprehensive list of technical courses and hands on skills practice. A student that completes this program will have earned a Welding Certificate from Northwest State Community College and will have gained real world industry experience. We have designed this program with local employer’s needs in mind with the intention of giving any student interested an opportunity to get a head start toward an in demand career.

Blue Print Reading and Welding Symbols

This course covers basic engineering drawing principles, fundamental concepts of welding specifications, symbols, and blueprint reading as used in industry, and types of welding equipment and operational safety issues. The student will learn to interpret blueprint (welding) design, welding blueprint symbols, understand prints and everything that’s included in a print and to prepare ability of working with them. Additionally, an understanding of standards set by American Welding Society will be taught.

Introduction of Applied Welding Techniques

This course is an introductory course where the student will develop knowledge and skills through theory and lab practice in the basic welding processes which includes SMAW, GMAW, OAW, PAC and OAC. Safety will be emphasized throughout the class and will be accordance with industry standards for manufacturing.

Gas Metal Arc Welding Techniques

This course provides a basic understanding of the Gas Metal Arc Welding process and key variables that affect the quality of welds. Hands-on lab is provided to give the student the opportunity to become proficient at welding on a variety of metals, carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Welding will be done on square groove and fillet welds using single pass, and multiple pass welds.

Flat / Horizontal Shield Metal Arc Welding

This course is an introductory course where the student will develop knowledge and skills through theory and lab practice in the basic welding processes which include arc welding flat and horizontal positions. Safety will be emphasized throughout the class and will be accordance with industry standards for manufacturing.

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

This course is an introductory course where the student will develop knowledge and skills through theory and lab practice in the basic welding processes which includes arc welding flat and horizontal positions. Safety will be emphasized throughout the class and will be accordance with industry standards for manufacturing.

Advanced Gas Metal Arc Welding

This course provides an advanced understanding of the Gas Metal Arc Welding processes and key variables that affect the quality of welds. Hands-on lab is provided to give the student the opportunity to become proficient at welding on a variety of metals, carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Welding will be done on square groove and fillet welds using single pass, and multiple pass welds.

Vertical and Overhead Shield Metal Arc Welding

This course provides a basic understanding of the Shield Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) process and key variables that affect the quality of welds. Hands-on labs are provided to give the student the opportunity to become proficient at welding on a variety of metals including carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Welding will be done on square groove and fillet welds using single pass and multiple pass welds.

Welding Fabrications & Layout

This course covers more engineering drawing principles, fundamental concepts of welding specifications, symbols, and blueprint reading as used in industry. Included are types of welding, welding equipment, and safety practices and precautions in the workplace. Emphasis is on print reading, interpretation, analysis, and demonstrations and uses of fabrication and knowledge of these skills.

Shield Metal Arc Welding Plate Certification Procedures & Testing

This course provides instruction in welding and layouts to understand and achieve welder test methods. The students will work in a hands-on, instructor led environment, simulating actual manufacturing processes. Course evaluation will include a written assessment and psychomotor assessment of skills.

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What is a Pre-Apprenticeship?

A Pre-Apprenticeship program is a concentrated training plan that prepares a student for a specific career path. The program MUST combine classroom training with work based learning experiences, all of which MUST relate very specifically to the career path that is chosen.

Why should I choose to a Pre-Apprenticeship Program?

Although Pre-Apprenticeship programs are very deliberate when it comes to designing a practical training experience that prepares a student for an entry level position immediately, this path is not exclusive to those who plan to join the workforce right after graduation. Most of our pre-apprenticeship programs involve receiving college credit for the work that is completed while also obtaining industry recognized credentials that are valuable across all industries and in all locations. We understand that plans change. For this reason we have designed these programs to benefit all participants, no matter what path is chosen after graduation.

How will a Pre-Apprenticeship help me in high school?

Aside from giving any participant a head start on their plans after graduation, all of our pre-apprenticeship programs allow for participants to earn two of the required graduation seals. Students will also get high school credit for these courses. The type of credit earned is unique to the program and the school district. Contact us to find out more!

Where does a Pre-Apprenticeship program take place?

The answer to this question is unique to each program taking place. In many cases, courses that are a part of this program take place at Northwest State Community College. That said, there are programs that take place within your high schools or at an employer’s site in your area. Each program is unique, and in many cases changes from year to year depending on the needs of the school district and our employer partners.

How much does a Pre-Apprenticeship cost to attend?

The only cost that a student will need to pay is the cost of transportation to and from the program each day. In some unique cases, the school may provide transportation. However, in most instances, this responsibility falls to the student.

When does a Pre-Apprenticeship take place?

The courses and/or work experiences will begin and end with each school year and will take place only within normal school hours. All of our current programs take place each day of the week that school is in session.

Am I still able to take part in after school activities?

Absolutely! The last thing that we want is for a student to have to choose between one of our programs and a passion that they have. Our goal is to provide a path towards career exploration within school hours. We have no intentions of disruption a normal school day or forcing a student to miss out on any school activities.

What happens if I miss a day of school?

We understand that life happens. Just like you would when you miss a day of school you would simply contact your instructor or employer at the time and let them know that you will not be able to make it in.

Will I be required to attend courses or work outside of school hours?

All required program activities are scheduled to happen within normal school hours. At no point does the program require a student to attend night courses or work overtime on the weekend. Any arrangement to do so is the individuals business completely and would not be treated as part of the program.