About the Program
The Department of Labor estimates that the United States is facing a shortage of several hundred thousand welders at the present time. These are jobs that cannot be outsourced or shipped overseas. As demand soars, pay increases and opportunities expand.
Portsmouth High School Career Technical Center offers an introductory course which allows students to learn the fundamental cutting and welding processes and to make small projects. Safety in all aspects of the shop is paramount from welding to cutting to grinding to hand or power tools.
Welding Technology I centers on expending safety awareness in the shop and learning to weld using the variety of processes that strive towards compliance with American Welding Society (AWS) standards. Blueprint reading and welding symbols are presented along with welding projects that satisfy State of NH welding competencies.
Welding Technology II seeks to further develop previously learned skills in a more complex, real world environment. Career oriented explorations are encouraged. Basic fabrication skills are honed and program completers receive certificates that mark the fulfillment of their commitment to the State of NH welding competencies. The OSHA 10 safety course is embedded in the program and students receive a certificate that is essential to the construction industry.
OSHA 10 Certification
American Welding Society (AWS) Certification