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Welding

About the Welding Program

Provides students with skills to set up and operate Shielded Metal Arc, Gas Metal Arc, Gas Tungsten Arc, Flame Cutting, and Plasma Arc cutting equipment. Helps develop the necessary skills to obtain highly desirable welding jobs.

Credentials available: American Welding Society (AWS)

Instructor for Welding

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Phone: 803-425-8982 ext. 1617

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Joel A. Smith Sr.

This is my 25th year teaching Welding Technology for Kershaw County School District at the Woolard Technology Center (WTC). Before working for KCSD, I worked as a GTAW welder for Alliance Bakery Systems, certified pipe welder (SMAW) on natural gas lines for The Town of Winnsboro, and was a certified millwright for Fluor Daniels. I am a product of the public school system and had three years of training in Welding at the Fairfield County Career Center. I am also a CWI/CWE with the American Welding Society.  If I can be of any assistance to you please do not hesitate to contact me.

Welding Technology Course Listing

Welding plays a critical role in every aspect of our everyday life. The Welding Technology Program at WTC introduces the students to real world experiences, provides students entry level training and practical skills in Oxy-Fuel cutting (OFC), SMAW (Arc), GMAW (MIG), FCAW (Flux Core) as well as GTAW (TIG) welding. In addition to preparing students for American Welding Society (AWS) welder performance certifications, students will also learn shop safety practices as well as blueprint reading. In order to perform as a welder, the student must know basic math and be able to work with fractions and decimals.  Welding also requires reasonably good health, eyesight, and manual dexterity.

WTC and CCTC offer a fast track option for juniors/seniors. Qualified students will work towards articulating courses and will enroll in CCTC and take courses. Students who complete the fast track program will earn their Welding Certification the summer after graduation. 

Welding Technology 1     634083CD

Grades 10 - 12                                                  

2 units

Prerequisite: None

This course introduces the student to welding processes and safety practices.  The student will be required to safely perform the following: oxy-acetylene cutting, shielded metal arc welding, and gas metal arc welding.  Information about all equipment and filler materials will be presented in the textbook, supplemental materials and in hands-on projects.  The student will learn safe and efficient operations of small as well as large equipment used in welding industries.  In addition, the student will produce products using measurement techniques to 1/16 of an inch.  Upon successful completion of Welding 1, the student will be prepared to advance to Welding 2.

Welding Technology 2     634183CD

Grades 11 – 12                                                 

2 units

Prerequisite: Welding Technology 1 

This course is designed to prepare the student for a welding career and will give them excellent job-entry skills.  The student will learn advanced techniques of shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, and plasma arc cutting processes.  The student will also learn blueprint reading used in the welding industry.  Safety rules will continue to be stressed in the curriculum.  Upon successful completion of Welding 2, the student may be eligible to participate in dual enrollment welding courses for college credit through Central Carolina Technical College.

Welding Technology 3     634283CD

Grades 11 – 12                                                 

2 units

Prerequisite: Welding Technology 2 and teacher recommendation

Students who have successfully completed the Level 1 and Level 2 courses have the option of registering for Level 3 with the recommendation of the teacher. Curriculum continues beyond level 2 and may include internship opportunities. There is an articulation agreement with CCTC for students to earn credit for WLD 106 - Gas and Arc Welding and WLD 111 - Arc Welding I.  

Welding Technology 4     634383CD

Grade 11 – 12                                                  

2 units

Prerequisite: Welding Technology 3 and teacher recommendation

Students who have successfully completed the Level 3 course have the option of registering for Level 3 with the recommendation of the teacher. Curriculum continues beyond level 3 and may include internship opportunities. There is an articulation agreement with CCTC for students to earn credit for WLD 106 - Gas and Arc Welding and WLD 111 - Arc Welding I.