A graphic showing the sequence in which the Welding courses are taken


The Introduction to Welding is a one semester-long, one-period class offered at Widefield and Mesa Ridge High School. This course begins with safety training and measurement review and then introduce welding areas of operation such as: oxy-acetylene, arc (stick), and wire feed (MIG), along with forming, grinding, cutting, and polishing of mild steel. Students utilize multiple metalworking, and welding processes learned in the course to create an assigned final project that they customize.


*Requires completion of Intro to Welding

Welding Technology A takes many of the skills from the intro class and develops them further. Heavier emphasis is placed on arc welding (stick) and wire feed (MIG) techniques in flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions. Oxy-acetylene cutting is introduced as well. In the second half of each semester, students design and fabricate an individual final project demonstrating their cumulative metalworking experiences. Before beginning the build, each metalworker must create hand-drawn plans, develop a bill of materials for ordering steel, calculate project costs, and create a cut list for their raw materials. 


*Requires completion of Welding Technology A

Welding Technology B was created to offer metalworking students an introduction course to the Tungsten Inert Gas Welding (TIG) process used to join either mild steel, stainless steel, or aluminum using techniques similar to oxy-acetylene filler rod welding from Welding Technology A. The course structure follows the general path of the preceding courses with practice weld assignments to develop students' TIG welding skills in multiple positions and with various structural materials such as sheet metal, plate, and tubing. This course includes a final project that is assembled with newly-developed TIG welding skills.

Student welding with sparks flying and helmet on
Student using torch to weld project, zoomed in on torch and project