• Location: Orleans Career and Technical Education Center
    Location: Niagara Career and Technical Education Center

    Eric Farrell -  email: efarrell@onboces.org
    Ron Jackson - email: rjackson@onboces.org
    Steve Frey- email: sfrey@onboces.org
    Lynn Wahler - email: lwahler@onboces.org

    Click on the link to watch our students in action: Orleans Welding Video or Niagara Welding Video

    The welding program is a two-year program for juniors and seniors.  This program is designed to develop skills in all areas of welding and metal fabrication, but most specifically those areas where there is the greatest employment potential.  This two-year program will ensure good working skills in welding.  Approximately one-quarter of the course is devoted to metal fabrication methods and production of welded items. 


    1. To develop safe and sound procedures.
    2. To develop and acquire skills and concepts.
    3. To select and utilize a wide variety of measuring and blueprint reading.
    4. To understand the usage of metallurgy and the science of metal.
    5. To assist in developing acceptable work habits and attitudes.
    6. To develop job-seeking skills necessary to succeed in the world of work

    Units of Study

    First Year:  Shop Safety, Oxy-Acetylene Welding, Cutting and Brazing, Basic Arc Welding, Measurement and Basic Blueprint Reading, Basic Welding Inspection, Discontinuities/Defects, Hand Tools, Set Up Operations, Basic MIG Welding with common Joints, Basic Metallurgy, American Welding Society Entry-Level Certification.

    Second Year: Review of the First Year, Welding and Cutting Safety, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG) of steel, Aluminum and Stainless Steel, Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG) Steel and Aluminum, Welding Inspection (interpret weld discontinuities/defects), Department of Transportation Welding Test Certification, American Welding Society Entry-Level Certification, Basic Rigging, Flux-Core Welding, Advance Shielded Metal Are Welding (Stick), Pipe Welding, Metal Fabrication, Metallurgy, Blueprint Reading, Plasma Arc Cutting. 

    How to Enroll

    Orleans/Niagara BOCES partners with local school districts to provide exciting hands-on career and technical training during normal school day.  To learn more, speak with your high school counselor.

    NYS Approved Program Title & CIP Code

    Welding Technology/Welder – 48.0508

    Possible Career Paths

    • With a 2 year CTE program: Welder, increased demand 8%*
    • Associate’s Degree: Commercial Welding Diver, increased demand 11%*
    • Bachelor’s Degree: Materials Engineer, increased demand 14%*

    *Projected national growth for 2016-2026, US Bureau of Labor Statistics


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