Program Overview

Course Content

  • Fabrication equipment operation
  • CNC equipment operation
  • Structural steel welding  
  • Blueprints and Welding Symbols
  • Student Fabrication projects
  • Work-Based learning 
  • Welding competitions
  • Pipe Welding
  • Robotic Welding programming

Immerse yourself in the highly skilled, highly technical world of welding. From the science of metals, to joining and cutting, you’ll explore a variety of welding techniques and materials professionals use to create and repair everything from bridges and buildings to computers and cellphones. With one of the most in-demand skills in the country, welding students have nearly endless opportunities for further education and work right out of high school.

Develop Core Skills for the Workplace

  • Problem Solving
  • Personal Management
  • Career Planning          
  • Teamwork
  • Work Ethic

Career Preparation Experiences

  • College Expo
  • Business and Industry Expo
  • Field Trips
  • Practice Presentations and Interviews with business and industry members


The Tech Center mimics the world of work.  Students are asked to call or email their teacher for themselves before the start of class in absence situations.  Parents may see absences through PowerSchool and will be notified of excessive absences.

Late Work and Makeup Work:

Late work will be handled using through communication with student, parent, and teacher while following the guidelines of the RTC process. All assignments must be turned in prior to the end of the quarter in which they were assigned. A final due date for each quarter will be set by the Instructor. Any assignments that are not completed by this date will be marked 0 (E). The instructor will set due dates for some assignments during the quarter. Assignments turned in after the set due date, but before the end of the quarter due date, will be marked down 15% from the graded score.

Students who need to makeup work must communicate with the instructor to setup a plan.


Students will be provided every reasonable opportunity to show their best work on assessments. Students may retake tests as necessary to demonstrate their competency.  Students may be required to stay after class or come back to KCTC to retake tests under certain circumstances.

Tardy Procedure:

To gain the most from this course and encourage good employability readiness, it is strongly recommended that daily attendance and timeliness be observed.  If a student’s tardiness becomes chronic, the RTC process will be used to resolve the problem.  If a student is tardy, they must go to the front KTC office and sign in before they are able to enter class.


KCTC supports grading practices that are consistent, accurate, meaningful and supportive of learning. 

KCTC grades are reported in two ways – Semester grades ( A, B, C, D, E) and a year-end Certificate identifying a proficiency level on each course standard. 

KCTC issues grades on a quarterly (9 week) basis.  This quarter grade is composed of 70% Technical skills and 30% Career and Employability skills. 

The semester grade is determined by combining the two quarterly grades, the semester industry evaluation, and the embedded academic content within a course.  Each quarter counts for 45% of the grade.  The industry evaluation counts for 10% of the grade.  When viewing grades on PowerSchool, it is always important to look at the S1 or S2 grade as the overall in-progress grade for the course.

Technical skill grades are issued on assignments and assessments which represent a total number of points earned.  This total number determines a percentage of points earned and a letter grade is assigned accordingly.  Assignments and assessments in this type of grading are categorized as either formative or summative.  Formative work guides learning.  Summative work measures how well something has been learned.  Summative work is weighted more than formative work.  Students may earn the opportunity to redo or retake summative assignments and assessments. 

Students will be issued Career and Employability summative scores at least twice per quarter to provide feedback on the skills of professionalism, initiative, respect, responsibility and safety.  The combination of these scores will determine the Career and Employability skills grade.

Pre and Post Testing – at times, students will be asked to complete pre-instruction assessments to aid the teacher in designing learning.  These pre-assessments will be scored, but they will not affect the student grade.  It is important for a student to make their best attempt on a pre-instruction assessment to help the teacher design appropriate instruction. After instruction the student will complete a post-instruction assessment to determine how well they learned the skill.  This will be scored and will affect the student grade. 

Additionally, scores are issued to students to reflect the proficiency level they have achieved on particular Industry Standards.  The Standards scoring scale: 0 – Not attempted or Minimal Knowledge, 1 – Beginning Proficiency, 2 – Developing Proficiency, 3 – Proficient (meets industry standard), and 4 – Advanced Proficient. Students will also be issued a quarterly Standards score (0 – 4) in the Career and Employability skill areas of professionalism, initiative, respect, responsibility and safety. At the end of each year, students will be issued a Standards score (0 – 4) in the area of career writing proficiency and math proficiency as well.  These scores are reported on the year-end Certificate which is used by employers to assess industry skill levels.

Course Standards

  • Occupational orientation
  • safety and health of welders
  • shielded metal arc welding
  • gas metal arc welding
  • gas tungsten arc welding
  • manual oxy-fuel cutting

  • mechanized oxy-fuel cutting
  • flux cored arc welding
  • plasma arc cutting
  • air carbon arc cutting
  • drawing and welding symbols
  • welding inspection and testing

Classroom Procedures


  • A code of conduct (cooperation) is created by each class.
  • Students will participate and cooperate in class activities.
  • Students must treat self, others, and equipment with respect.
  • Students need to request permission from instructor and sign out before leaving classroom.  Only one person may be gone at a time.
  • KCTC Responsible Thinking Process is utilized in classroom management.

Internships And Job Shadows:

Students may have the opportunity to complete an internship or a job shadow during the course.  In addition, job recommendations and placement through student services are possible.


College credit may be offered to students who complete the program with a grade of 84% or higher.  Please speak with your instructor about your plans for college and career.

High School Core Credit:

Students who complete the Welding program may be eligible to receive high school credit.  For more information on the eligibility requirements and application process, talk to your KCTC or high school counselor.  After completing the Welding program the following credits are available:

  • Math: 1/2 credit
  • ELA: ½ credit


OSHA 10 Hour Safety

Student Organizations:

Students may have the opportunity to participate in:

  • Boilermakers competition
  • MITES competition
  • Ferris State University welding competition
  • Muskegon Community College welding competition



  1. Participate in class
  2. In class on time
  3. Come prepared to work
  4. Volunteer and do extra tasks and activities
  5. Accept work assignments willingly
  6. Demonstrate initiative
  7. Work to your capacity
  8. Work well with other students
  9. Assist and communicate with instructors
  10. Display a positive attitude



  1. Follow policies set by KCTC
  2. Follow safety rules and expectations
  3. Be aware of surroundings to ensure safety
  4. Display a positive and respectful attitude
  5. Demonstrate positive leadership
  6. Be honest



  1. Provide documentation to homeschool when absent
  2. Follow KCTC attendance policy
  3. Be proactive to make up missed learning opportunities
  4. Attendance is key to your success, attend whenever possible



  1. Work without supervision when allowed
  2. Manage your own time
  3. Answer for your own activities
  4. Begin tasks promptly
  5. Re-check, verify, or proof work
  6. Complete tasks on time
  7. Use and store equipment and tools properly
  8. Create and maintain a safe work area
  9. Conserve materials
  10. Show pride in your work
  11. Show concern for your career goal
  12. Accept feedback

Semester 1 Sequence:

(Please note this is a tentative schedule)

Week 1

  • Introduction and General Welding Exploration
  • Pre-Testing
  • Safety rules / issues lecture & video
  • Segment 1 - Occupational Orientation

Week 2

  • Safety Operations, lab equipment, and hand tools
  • Segment 2 - Safety and Health for Welders
  • Electrical Safety Unit
  • Video/Lecture on Equipment Repair
  • SMAW (ARC) introduction info

Week 3-5

  • Lab exercises
  • Segment 3 - Shielding Metal Arc Welding

Week 4-5

  • Math, Tape measure (fractions) exercise units 1-6 (classroom)
  • Lab exercises

Week 6-7

  • SMAW (ARC) information 
  • prep for written test / Lab exercises
  • Segment 2 – Safety and Health for Welders

Week 8

  • Prep SMAW (ARC) exercises
  • Performance Test
  • SMAW (ARC) Performance Test

Week 9

  • Finish all Arc exercises (see check off sheet in lab)

Week 10

  • Oxy-Acetylene Safety
  • Torch operation / Gas welding
  • Segment 4 - Manual Oxford Gas Cutting
  • Segment 5 - Mechanized Oxyfuel Gas Cutting

Week 11

  • Carbon Arc Review
  • CNC Plas,a Cutting introduction/demo
  • Segment 12 - Air Carbon Arc Cutting
  • Segment 10 - Plasma Arc Cutting

Week 12

  • Advanced SMAW (ARC) welding (V-groove plates 3/8”)

Week 13

  • Math and decimal units 1-2
  • prep for Welding Principles / or Math text

Week 14

  • Work Exploration / Field trip to local Industry
  • College visitation (additional speakers from colleges)

Week 14-18

  • Welding Principles (every day, 60 minutes)

Week 17

  • Welding Principals reading Math test #1

Week 18

  • Semester End Test
  • Prep for project performance project test 


Semester 2 Sequence:

(Please note this is a tentative schedule)

Week 18-23

  • Advanced SMAW welding lab exercises 3/8 V groove AWS D1.1 specifications

Week 19

  • Welding Competitions Preparation
  • NECCA Electric vehicle fabrication
  • Finish Welding Principles/ Math Test #2

Week 20

  • Structural shapes introduction and testing
  • Resumes / Employability / Cover letter
  • Life skills units 1-6 / Job shadowing

Week 21

  • Bill of Materials introduction and testing

Week 22

  • Drilling and Tapping Sections

Week 23

  • Sheet metal exercises
  • CNC plasma cutting exercises
  • Philosophy and creative thinking unit

Week 24-25

  • GMAW (M.I.G) introduction
  • Segment 6 – Gas Metal Arc Welding

Week 26

  • GMAW (M.I.G) exercises 
  • equipment maintenance / written test

Week 27

  • GMAW (M.I.G) Performance test (Entry Level)
  • Segment 7 – Drawing and Welding Symbols

Week 28

  • FCAW Flux Cored Arc Welding intro
  • Segment 8 – Flux Cored Arc Welding

Week 29

  • Gas welding feeder section for GTAW
  • Advanced AWS D1.1 certification testing
  • Segment 11 – Welding Inspection and Testing

Week 30

  • GTAW (T.I.G) welding introduction
  • Segment 9 – Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

Week 31

  • GTAW (T.I.G) welding exercises

Week 32

  • GTAW (T.I.G) Performance Test (entry level)
  • In House Welding Competition 

Week 33-35

  • Lab Prep
  • Make Up Welding Exercises
  • Review all welding components to (Mastery Level) CNC Plasma cutting units

Week 36

  • College prep documentation review
  • Career Research
  • Employability documentation 36th week
  • Semester End