Welding and Cutting
Coloma High School
Lakeshore High School
Niles High School
Career Opportunities Include:
- Machine Setter
- Sheet Metal Worker
- Tool and Die Maker
This class is designed for the student who has a genuine interest in learning to weld as a part of his/her future occupation. Many areas of welding, including oxyacetylene, electric arc, MIG (Metal Inert Gas welding), and TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas welding) will be taught. Manual and automatic flame cutting will also be included. Primary emphasis will be on job entry skills.
Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. In this process, heat is applied to metal pieces, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond.
Automated welding is used in an increasing number of production processes. In these instances, a machine or robot performs the welding tasks while monitored by a welding machine operator. Job prospects should be excellent.
The median annual wage of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers was $37,420 in 2014.
Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook: http://bls.gov/ooh