Sugar River Valley's Welding Technology

Welding Technology


Program Description

The Welding Technology program provides a solid foundation of metal and welding basics using various cutting and welding processes.

Students will experience both industry procedure based as well as artistic capabilities of materials joining. Throughout the course of study, students will study the properties of metals, metal extraction from the ground and their various uses in today’s world. 

What You Will Learn

Students will have the opportunity to develop their skill while being exposed to contemporary industrial practices in shop safety used in the metalworking trades.  Students will also develop and refine knowledge and skill in all position welding while working with the common tools of the trade.

Students learn the fundamentals of measuring and layout, hand tool use, metal forming, shielded metal arc welding, MIG welding, TIG welding, oxy-fuel welding and cutting, brazing, soldering, blueprint reading, plasma cutting and shop safety. 

Upon completion of this program, the students will possess a variety of skills for entry-level employment in a metalworking environment and familiarity with industrial standards in the manufacturing environment.

Students are assessed on classroom and shop participation, core competencies, tests/quizzes, individual projects and shop safety.

Welding Program Instructor

Mr. StetsonDean Stetson is a graduate of Newport High School, Class of ’75, and has taught courses in welding at the CTE as far back as 1999.  The Stetson family has operated a blacksmith shop in Newport for over seventy years and Mr. Stetson brings a variety of skills together to share and nurture those skills in his welding programs at the SRVRTC.  Dean Stetson brings his experience of about forty years working in the various disciplines associated with the metals trade from blacksmithing to advanced manufacturing and aerospace.

Welding Technology Program Course Descriptions
Welding Technology Program Competencies

Welders Have Endless Career Paths to Choose From

Welding is a career that offers more choices of industries to work in and advancement opportunities than just about any other career choice. Welders are needed in almost every industry and those who want to advance their career have the ability to do so with additional schooling. Below are just a few examples of the fields in which Welders can find career opportunities:

•             Inspection
•             Engineering
•             Robotics
•             Education
•             Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)
•             Project Management
•             Sales

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