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    Contact Information:
    Nick Conklin, Teacher  
    Phone: (845) 295-4152 or e-mail: nicholas.conklin@scboces.org

  • This program introduces students to the basics of welding principles. Students will learn hands-on skills entrenched in theory on the following topics, welding safety, metal preparation, measuring, cutting, project layout, blueprint reading, to become knowledgeable about basic metal fabrication. The students will have the opportunity to learn the different types of welding including thermal arc cutting to include oxy-fuel, plasma, and thermal arc. Welding processes will include SMAW (shielded metal arc welding), GMAW (gas metal arc welding), GTAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding). A first-year student would focus on working in the flat position on carbon steel in a variety of thicknesses and cover all of five of the joint types. A second-year student would focus on perfecting everything from their first year and move on to out of position welding to include horizontal, vertical and overhead. These applications will be used on a variety of materials to include carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum.
    Skills that make a good welder include:
    Good manual dexterity
    Excellent hand-eye coordination
    An inquisitive mind to design and build a variety of products
    An open-minded approach to learning new skills and techniques
    Good communication skills
    The ability to “think outside the box” in solving problems

    For more information, view the Program Brochure

    Career Opportunities in the WeldingField:
    Automotive manufacture and repair
    Chemical processing
    General manufacturing
    Iron Worker
    Oil and gas extraction
    Sheet Metal Worker 
    Underwater welding 
    Affiliated jobs within those industries include: 
    Post-secondary administrator, professor or associate professor; secondary administrator or welding teacher
    Technical Sales
    Distributor owner, manufacturer sales rep, distributor of outside or counter sales
    Artistic Welding
    Metal sculpture, garden furniture, decorative ironwork in gates, window grilles and balconies 
    Welders Helper

    Articulation Agreements:
    SUNY Cobleskill -- https://www.cobleskill.edu/
    SUNY Delhi -- https://www.delhi.edu/