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
Shielded Metal Arc Welding
Gas Metal Arc Welding
Flux Core Arc Welding
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
Plasma Arc Cutting
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
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.
New students are enrolled each school year on a space available basis. Currently the class size is a maximum of 12 students.
16 years of age
Take the pre-test
Purchase of safety gear
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.
- Must attend 170 days per year.
- Must complete the program with a final grade of “C” or better to receive a Certificate of Completion.
- Must obey all rules and regulations set forth by ECTEC and the instructor.
- 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.
- An instructor can withhold a Certificate of Completion if they determine that the student did not meet the competency level of that particular course.