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Welding I

Welding I

The purpose of this program is to provide specialized classroom instruction and practical shop experience in welding.


This program generally prepares individuals in various processes and techniques of welding including oxy-fuel cutting, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, flux core arc welding, gas metal arc welding, plasma arc cutting, and weld symbols and joints.


The program emphasizes safe and efficient work practices, basic occupational skills and employability skills.  The content is organized into competency-based courses of instruction which specify occupational competencies the students must successfully complete.



Introduction to Welding

General Safety Practices

Tools and Equipment

Basic Math and Measuring

Basic Metals, Symbols, and Joints

Oxy-Fuel Cutting

Shielded Metal Arc Welding

Gas Metal Arc Welding

Flux Core Arc Welding

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

Plasma Arc Cutting


Safety Policy

Safety and accident prevention, as an integral part of the instructional program, are priorities at Washington career and Technical Education Center.  Students are taught that safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Strict adherence to safety rules is required.  Unsafe acts and conditions are not tolerated.



Average annual earnings:

$26,170 - $50,000


School Operation

Students are bused on for a 2 or 3 hour block with lunch being provided by their home school.


Each student is expected to come to class daily with the necessary materials or supplies.  Students will need a welding shield, welding gloves, safety glasses, welding cap, and proper clothes and shoes for welding.


Entrance Dates

New students are enrolled each school year on a space available basis.  Currently the class size is a maximum of 12 students.


Entrance Requirements

16 years of age

Take the pre-test

Purchase of safety gear



Course Credit

Welding I – 2 or 3 credits 


Certificate of Completion

The following requirements must be met in order for a student to receive a Certificate of Completion from any technical area.

  1.  Must attend 170 days per year.
  2. Must complete the program with a final grade of “C” or better to receive a Certificate of Completion.
  3. Must obey all rules and regulations set forth by ECTEC and the instructor.
  4. If a student is suspended from ECTEC for misconduct or violation of school or parish policies, the instructor of his/her course has the right to withhold the student’s Certificate of Completion.
  5. An instructor can withhold a Certificate of Completion if they determine that the student did not meet the competency level of that particular course.