Welding & Metal Fabrication
at Franklin County Tech offers training in soldering, metal cutting and brazing.
Our Students
may find career opportunities in building everything from high-rise buildings to computer chips.
Welders, solderers, cutters and brazers
find work in shipbuilding, auto manufacturing, bridge building and pipeline projects
The Welding & Metal Fabrication program is

"Whenever a large building is going up, there will be areas of the construction site where sparks are flying. These are the welders at work."

About Welding & Metal Fabrication

Our Instructors

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.

Welding & Metal Fabrication Instructors

Jesse Edwards
Jesse Edwards Technical Instructor
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Lorin Burrows
Lorin Burrows Technical Instructor
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"Students have the opportunity to work towards certification."

About the Program

Freshman Exploratory Gallery

Skills Required for Success in the Welding & Metal Fabrication Trade

  • o    Good eye – hand coordination
  • o    Ability to read a ruler
  • o    Strong understanding of math concepts
  • o    Mechanical aptitude
  • o    Ability to visualize and understand shapes and forms
  • o    Ability to use technology
  • o    Good communication skills
Career Opportunities

Future Career Opportunities in Welding & Metal Fabrication

  • o    Welder
  • o    Welding Inspector
  • o    Welding Supervisor
  • o    Business Owner
  • o    Metalsmith
  • o    Certified Welder
  • o    Pipe Welder
  • o    Fabrication Fitter
  • o    Welding Equipment Sales
  • o    Metal Fabricator
  • o    Custom Fabricator

The Welding & Metal Fabrication Program

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.

Coop Oportunities

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.

"Welding inspectors look at the overall quality of the samples, and analyze any visual weld flaws."

Welding & Metal Fabrication News

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Welding & Metal Fabrication Videos

American Graduate: Franklin County Tech | Connecting Point | Dec. 17, 2014

Connecting Point contributor Carolee McGrath profiles a technical school in Franklin County that’s helping kids find what they’re passionate about and turning that into a career after graduation. We profile the machine technology department that’s placing grads into high paying jobs. Many of these students have continued on to college pursuing engineering degrees — but they admit they might not have stayed in school if wasn’t for the hands education they received.

FCTS Welding Students

Video clip of students involved in the Notch Pipe Welding Competition - May 2011.

Promotional Video for FCTS

A commercial spot created by Graduate Adam Jaillet for his Senior Capstone project. "Soar with the eagles today..."