Welding Technology

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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. Students can also earn college credit through Manchester Community College.

College credit course offered at Manchester Community College:

Earn 3 College Credits (1 course-3 credits per course)
 WELD101-Fundamentals of Welding

Welding Certifications:

OSHA 10 Certification

American Welding Society (AWS) Certification

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Download CTE Application 19-20

William Schefer: Welding Technology

Bill started at PHS in September of 2008 as the Welding Instructor. Bill has over 40 years’ experience in the field of welding, as well as over 30 years as a union pipefitter and welder. Bill started welding in 1973 and worked in a variety of jobs learning the wide spectrum of welding and associated skills. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree at Northeastern University. His mission is to share his experiences and knowledge with students in order to give them the opportunity to have a long and productive career.

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Education Courses

Welding Technology I

Welding Technology II

2 Credits/Course

Units of Study

Flux-colored Arc Welding (FCAW)

Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC)

Carbon Arc Gouging (CAG)

Osha 10 Certification

Blueprint Reading

Fabrication techniques

Options for Continuing Education

Manchester Community College

Advanced Welding Institute

Tulsa School of Welding

Southern Maine Community College

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