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Welding Technology

WelderWelding Technology provides students with a sound understanding of the science, technology, and applications essential for successful employment in the welding and metal industry.

Instruction includes consumable and non-consumable electrode welding and cutting processes. Courses in math, blueprint reading, metallurgy, welding inspection, and destructive and nondestructive testing provides the student with industry standard skills developed through classroom training and practical application.

Successful graduates of the Welding Technology curriculum may be employed as entry-level technicians in welding and metalworking industries. Career opportunities also exist in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, sales, quality control, supervision, and weld-related self-employment.

The Welding Technology curriculum offers three levels of achievement:

Associate of Applied Science Degree




Gainful Employment Information Diploma

For more information, contact:

Department Head:
Nathan Fisher
  828-286-3636 ext 299

Archie Epley
  Joy Thomson

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Our program combines the text of Modern Welding, by Althouse-Turnquist-Bowditch-Bowditch-Bowditch, with the Module training of the National Center for Construction Education and Research. As an NCCER Craft Instructor, Department Head Nathan Fisher administers the training and testing necessary for certification. Instructors Archie Epley, and Joy Thomson bring years of education and experience to the students.

Due to generous grants received from The Golden Leaf Foundation and The Duke Foundation, the Welding Technology Department has expanded from 2680 square foot area, consisting of 15 stations that were capable of only a single process each, to 9200 square feet with 30 stations, each capable of three or more processes. We have installed an air filtration system from Clean Air America and our new manifold system will soon provide both pure argon & argon/CO2 gas for our Lincoln Electric welders, eliminating the need for single bottles of these gasses. The purchase of gas mixers will allow us to customize gasses to our preference.

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