Welding Technology

Widefield School District 3 Welding, flyer of a student welding

METALS 1

The introduction to metal working class, known as Metals 1, is a one semester-long, one-period class offered at Widefield and Mesa Ridge High Schools' metal shops. Courses begin 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 and get to keep.

METALS 2

Offered at The Mill as a one semester-long, block-length class, Metals 2 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 that demonstrates their cumulative metalworking experiences. Prior to beginning the build, each metalworker must create hand-drawn plans, develop a bill of materials for ordering steel including the calculation of project costs, and create a cut list for their raw materials. Final projects go home with the students at the end of the semester.

METALS 3

Also offered at The Mill as a one semester-long, block-length class, Metals 3 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 Metals 1. 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. Similar to Metals 2, this course includes a final project that is assembled with the newly-developed TIG welding skills.