Welding & Metal Fabrication

Welding & Metal Fabrication

Instructor: Mark Holbrook


2 Year Program


Welding and Metal Fabrication program provides students with basic preparation in welding theory and principles and includes the use of welding equipment, tools, and materials. Once students have learned the basics, the majority of the class work is hands-on. Students work to perfect their welding and fabrication skills by practicing on real life projects. Students with prior knowledge in mathematics and chemistry will find this to their advantage. Students interested in the welding program need to be motivated, patient and able to follow multi-step instructions. Students also need to have the ability to work independently as well as within a group. Students must be willing to take the initiative and follow through until their work is completed. Since welding can be potentially dangerous, students must be consistent about safety precautions and wearing the required protective eyewear and clothing.

Throughout the course, students gain the skills and competence to become Department of Transportation (DOT) certified welders. This test is given each year at NCOC. Students who complete the course are able to gain employment in the welding of steels, stainless steels, aluminum and blueprint reading at many different levels.




  • Shop, Personal and Machine Safety
  • Basic Fabrication
  • Cutting and Gouging
  • Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Basic Wire Feed Welding
  • Basic Blueprint Reading
  • Basic Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
  • Weld Inspection
  • Basic Metal Machining



  • Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Pipe Welding
  • Advanced Wirefeed Welding (GMAW, FCAW)
  • Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
  • Advanced Blueprint Reading
  • Metallurgy
  • Consumer Education
  • Forklift Certification
  • CDL Class B Instruction



Recommended - Tenth Grade Reading and Math Level



SUNY Delhi: -WELD 100 Fundamentals of Welding (2 credits), WELD 140 Blueprint Reading (3 credits)

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology - 1. WTB027 Welding Technology & Blueprint Reading; 2. OAW001 Oxyacetylene Welding & Cutting; 3. SMA002 Shielded Metal Arc Welding; 4. GTA008 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 5. GMA011 Metal Arc Welding A student may potentially test out of all five courses listed above. Saving up to 1/3 of training time and reducing cost of attendance. (This information is available on their website under Admissions and Financial Aid> Miscellaneous forms>Pre-requisite forms. Copy in articulation folder: Hobart)

Pennsylvania College of Technology - Advanced credit is available when required competencies are met in the program offered by Penn College which is directly related to the students’ high school studies. Student must apply within two academic years following high school graduation. Conditions, procedures, competencies required for advanced placement can be found at http://www.pct.edu/k12/ or in the current college catalog http://www.pct.edu/catalog/ Reviewed every 5 years.

Lincoln Tech - WLD112 Basic Arc Welding Procedures, WLD113 SMAW Plate Welding