Careers In Welding
- September 2014
The Welding & Metal Fabrication Instructors, David Morgan and Jesse Edwards, are developing a top quality program that is current with the needs of the business community, driven to best serve the educational experience of students, and guided by the Massachusetts frameworks.
The Welding & Metal Fabrication Program develops student skills for eventual entry-level career opportunities upon graduation. Safety is of paramount importance and students begin their training with a strong foundation of safety measures and build upon those critical skills for the entire time in the program.
Welding and Metal Fabrication provides a theoretical and technical foundation to support a safe, hands-on learning experience using a variety of tools, equipment and materials. An innovative industry-based curriculum blends applicable math, science, and metallurgy with state-of-the-art equipment. Authentic, project-based work prepares graduates for career opportunities within many fabrication and manufacturing environments.
FCTS, as the regional vocational high school of Franklin County, does so much more than teach in a lab classroom and simulation environment. Trade programs have large shops filled with the same tools and technologies used by those men and women working in the trades. As a true extension of the classroom, authentic projects are critically important to the learning environment. FCTS facility projects, along with projects for municipal and non-profit groups, offer hands-on learning to the students. Real world projects truly provide the students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned. Our students thrive on authentic work! You can demonstrate and practice a skill - but there is nothing like using those skills for real, under the direction of your instructor who now acts as your field supervisor.
Welding & Metal Fabrication Customer Work: Requests for FCTS welding and metal fabrication work must provide educational value to the students and must align with the curriculum. If you are a municipal group or non-profit organization, or to find out more about FCTS welding work, you can contact Jocelyn Croft, Director of Vocational Curriculum.
The Welding & Metal Fabrication program consists of instruction designed to meet the needs of students who are planning to pursue a career as a welder/metal fabricator. The program develops a theoretical and technical foundation to support a safe, hands-on learning experience using a variety of tools, equipment and metals. An innovative industrial based curriculum blends trade related math, science, and metallurgy with state of the art equipment.
Welding processes covered in a project-based format include Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Oxy-acetylene, and Plasma Arc Cutting. The shearing, bending, rolling and forming of metals are also included in a project-oriented format. This program is based on American Welding Society and American Society of Mechanical Engineers standards. Students will have the opportunity to work towards certification to these standards.
Employers prefer to hire welders who have graduated from a welding trade school because they've have had the opportunity to learn the math, drawing, physics, chemistry and metallurgy needed to weld properly.