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Welder/NCCER Level 2 Plus

This program is an introduction to common welding and cutting processes used in metal fabrication of structural steel.  Students will be introduced to Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Oxy-Fuel Cutting (OFC), Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC), Air Carbon Arc Cutting (AAC), OSHA10, metal preparation, and heat treating.  Students will also be introduced to blueprint reading and construction of items according to specifications.

Morning session – 8:10 – 11:10 a.m.
Afternoon session – 12:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Career Major Name:  Combination Welder
Clock Hours/Weeks of Instruction:  990/38
Normal Completion Time:  38 weeks for full-time status

Required Courses:

  • Welding Safety
  • Welding Detail Drawings
  • Physical Characteristics and Mechanical Properties of Metals
  • Base Metal Preparation
  • Welding Symbols
  • Metal Preparation and Heat Treatments
  • Preheating and Postheating of Metals
  • GMAW/FCAW Equipment and Filler Materials
  • Air Carbon Arc Cutting and Gouging
  • SMAW Equipment and Setup
  • SMAW Electrodes
  • Welding Joint Fit Up and Adjustment
  • Weld Quality
  • GMAW Plate
  • GTAW Plate
  • Aluminum Plate
  • GTAW Equipment and Filler Materials
  • FCAW Plate
  • SMAW Beads and Fillet Welds
  • SMAW Groove Welds with Backing
  • SMAW Open Root Pipe Welds
  • SMAW Open Root Groove Welds-Plate
  • Plasma Arc Cutting
  • Oxy-Fuel Cutting
  • Workforce Staging

Career Opportunities:

  • Welding inspector
  • Welder
  • Welder’s Helper
  • Welder Fitter
  • Cutting Process Technician
  • GMAW Structural Welder
  • GMAW Pipe Welder
  • GTAW Structural Welder
  • SMAW Structural Welder
  • SMAW Pipe Welder
  • FCAW Structural Welder
  • Welding and Metal Fabrication

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Application Process:
High school students see your home school counselor
Adults contact Mid-America counselor (405) 449-3391

Average Salary:

OSBCTE (Oklahoma State Board of Career & Technology Education)


ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum

ODCTE Competency Certification

  • Cutting Process Operator
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welder

3G Welder - Oklahoma Department of Labor
6G Welder - Oklahoma Department of Labor

**CTSO: SkillsUSA

**Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO)