The Welding Technology program provides students with the opportunity to acquire skills, knowledge, and experiences required to pass a standard welding qualification test. Classroom and laboratory instruction include the processes of Shielded Metal Arc welding (stick welding), Gas Metal Arc welding (MIG), Flux Core Arc welding, and Gas Tungsten Arc welding (TIG). Specialized classes provide students with skills in oxy-fuel cutting, plasma arc cutting, air carbon arc cutting, blueprint reading, weld symbols, and welding inspection and testing.
All programs at the Etowah County Career Technical Center are business/industry certified by the Alabama State Department of Education or by private certifying agencies. The trade and industry programs have articulation agreements with Gadsden State Community College, Snead State Community College, and all community colleges in Alabama, in which program completers may receive free college credit toward a degree for skills they learned in high school. Many program completers receive scholarships to colleges or technical institutes for continued training. Industries frequently contact the school relating to possible employment for students still enrolled in high school as well as upon graduation.
Welding Technology Courses
430004 Architecture, Construction and Manufacturing
432901 NCCER Welding I
432905 Groove Welding and Inspection
432906 Gas Metal Arc Welding
432907 Flux Cored Arch Welding
432908 Gas Arc Welding I