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Welding Technology

Welding Technology

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Trailblazer offers students a wide variety of knowledge, and hands-on skills to help educate them for their future career in carpentry technology.   Trailblazer Academy‚Äôs welding instructor provides students opportunities for hands-on learning.  Approximately 60 students are enrolled in the welding program. 

CAREER PATHWAYS:
Welding Entry Level
An Entry Level Welder demonstrates the ability to assist lead welders in the fabrication of steel and metal structures. Must be adept at performing basic welding functions and calculating dimensions as well as operating power equipment, grinders and other related tools. Must be proficient in reading and interpreting basic blueprints and following work procedure specifications (WPS).

Welding Engineering (Hybrid with Engineering)
This pathway provides the opportunity to blend Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses with Engineering courses to help students apply technical skills along with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to solve real-world problems. Welding Engineers design and develop metal components for products for the pipeline, automotive, boiler making, ship building, aircraft and mobile home industry. Welding Engineers must have knowledge of cutting processes and gas metal arc welding procedures for efficient development of these industrial processes.

COURSES OFFERED:
Basic Welding GMAW Groove Lab (BCTC or Campbellsville college credit)
Cutting Processes (BCTC or Campbellsville college credit)
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (BCTC or Campbellsville college credit)
SMAW Groove Lab (BCTC or Campbellsville college credit) 
Gas Metal Arc Welding (BCTC or Campbellsville college credit)
GMAW Groove Lab (BCTC or Campbellsville college credit)
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (BCTC or Campbellsville college credit)

SKILLS THAT STUDENTS LEARN:
Basic Welding
Cutting
Shield Metal Arc Welding
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
Gas Metal Arc Welding

CERTIFICATIONS THAT CAN BE OBTAINED:
KY DOT State Limited Welding Certification
 
COLLEGE CREDIT: 
Basic Welding GMAW Groove Lab (BCTC articulated credit) (Campbellsville University articulated credit)
Cutting Processes (BCTC 2 credit hours + lab (articulated credit)) (Campbellsville University articulated credit) 
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (BCTC 2 credit hours) (Campbellsville University articulated credit) 
SMAW Groove Lab (BCTC lab (articulated credit)) (Campbellsville University articulated credit) 
Gas Metal Arc Welding  (BCTC 2 credit hours) (Campbellsville University articulated credit)
GMAW Groove Lab (BCTC lab (articulated credit)) (Campbellsville University articulated credit) 
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (BCTC 2 credit hours) (Campbellsville University articulated credit) 
 
WORK-BASED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES:
The senior students have work-based learning opportunities for job shadowing in the area.  They observe welders using skills that they have learned in the classroom, as well as, learn new things in the industrial setting.  Some students even have the opportunity to earn money while working during school hours. 

STUDENT ORGANIZATION:
Skills USA
https://education.ky.gov/CTE/stuorg/Pages/SkillsUSA.aspx
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