Instructor: Billy Poling


is a fabrication or sculptural process that joins materials, usually metals or thermoplastics, by causing coalescence. This is often done by melting the work pieces and adding a filler material to form a pool of molten material (the weld pool) that cools to become a strong joint.

Students have an opportunity to gain knowledge and develop technical skills in all aspects of the Welding Industry.


  • Be a High School Junior or Senior from Barbour, Lewis and Upshur County

  • Submit an Application

  • Interview with Instructor

2 Year Program for High School Students

Certifications Available

  • National Center for Construction and Research (NCCER)

  • WV Welding Certifications

  • OSHA 10

Welding Students

Course Objectives

Welding I

NCCER Curriculum

  • Basic Safety

  • Construction Math

  • Hand Tools

  • Power Tools

  • Construction Drawings

  • Basic Rigging

  • Communication Skills

  • Employability Skills

  • Materials Handling

  • Welding Safety

  • Oxy‐fuel Cutting

  • Plasma Arc Cutting

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  • Welding Symbols

  • Physical Characteristic's and Mechanical Properties of Metal

  • Preheating and Post heating of Metals

  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) Equipment and Filler Metals

  • GMAW and FCAW Filler Metals


  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)

  • Ornamental Metalwork

  • Blueprint Reading & Metallurgy

  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)

Welding ll

  • Air Carbon Arc Cutting and Gouging

  • Base Metal Preparation

  • Weld Quality

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)

  • SMAW Equipment and Setup

  • SMAW Electrodes, Beads and Fillet Welds,

  • Joint Fit‐up and Alignment

  • SMAW Groove Welds and Backing

  • SMAW Open V‐Groove Welds

Welding lV

  • Builds on the skills in areas of Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) Equipment and Filler Metals

  • GTAW Plate


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