Program Description

The program prepares students for a career as a welding technician. Welding is a high-tech industry that can take you places all over the world. Welders work on planes, NASCAR, national defense, laboratories, fabrication, construction, manufacturing, sales and repair. The varied welding industry impacts virtually every field. Technology is creating more uses for welding in the workplace. For example, new ways are being developed to bond dissimilar materials and non-metallic materials. These include plastics, composites and new alloys. There are also advances in laser beam and electron beam welding and new fluxes. The industry has also developed other new technologies and techniques. This all points to an increasing need for highly trained and skilled workers.

CTE instructors train students in the fundamentals of shield metal arc welding (SMAW), Oxy-Acetylene cutting and plasma cutting. Students learn to use gases and/or welding processes. They will learn all four welding positions: flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead. Students will braze and solder metal parts according to diagrams, blueprints and written specifications.

Students will gain a basic understanding of welding and metal fabrication procedures. Skill development includes layout and measurement techniques, operating equipment, metal preparation and safety management. They learn tool and equipment maintenance, prototype development and evaluation and industrial management strategies. Students apply these skills in constructing a variety of projects.

The CTE program uses the industry recognized American Welding Society’s SENSE (Schools Excelling through National Skills Education) Training Program. Students will apply their knowledge and skills in industry work experiences. The CTE Department may structure the field experience. This may include laboratory-based, paid or unpaid work experiences for students.

Course Content

  • Shop Safety
  • Power Tools
  • WSP (Welding Set up Procedure)
  • Oxy-Acetylene Cutting
  • SMAW (Shielded Metal Arv Welding)
  • Plasma Arc Cutting
  • CNC Plasma Cutting
  • Pipe Welding

Business and Industry Partners

Construction and Maintenance Education Foundation · Associated Builder and Contractors of Greater Houston · Lincoln Electric

Program of Study

HS Endorsement: Business & Industry
9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Principles of Manufactuting Introduction to Welding
Welding I
Welding II

Industry Certifications

  • NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) Core
  • NCCER Welding Level 1
  • Welding Level 1 Certificate – Lone Star College

Possible Career Pathways

  • Welder
  • Structural Welder
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Welding Inspector
  • Iron Worker

Starting Salary

$32,000 - $42,000
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Partners

Lonestar College