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Welding and Metal Fabrication



Michael Beardsley

Belmont Center

Garrett Stuckey

Ellicottville Center


Dick Phinney

Olean Center

Welding and Metal Fabrication is a two-year program to prepare students for entry-level positions, apprenticeships, and college level training programs. Students learn and work in a professional environment to develop real world employee skills for success in future training and employment. Students who succeed in this program will have a broad base of skills related to the metalworking, manufacturing, and construction industries. Students will learn specific skills using the latest technology in welding and fabrication including SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW, OFC, PAC, as well as Shearing, Punching, Forming, Sawing, Grinding, and Drilling.

Topics covered include safety, layout skills, welded joint design, blue print reading, metal fabrication, metallurgy, testing, and inspection of welds.



  • A student wearing a welding helmet looks at the camera
  • A student welding
  • A student working with a drill press
  • Two students inside a welding zone

Things You Get To Do

  • Compete in a Weld-Off at Niagara Orleans CTE Center
  • Redesign a new chasse for a hot rod
  • Design and create hoist for Buffalo Maritime Center
  • Build truck bed for BOCES maintenance sander truck
  • Outdoor sculpture project
  • Build weld trailer for welding rig

Where It Can Lead

  • Plumber, pipefitter or steamfitter
  • Structural worker
  • Welder, cutter, solderer and brazer
  • Sheet-metal workers
  • Welder, cutter, solderer and brazer aide
  • Boilermaker
  • Structural metal fabricator and fitter
  • Welding technician
  • Materials engineer/Welding engineer
  • Welding inspector
  • Welding sales representative

What You Can Earn

  • New York State Technical Endorsement on High School Diploma
  • American Welding Society Entry Level I Certification
  • OSHA Certification

Go To College With Credits

  • Alfred State College
  • Jamestown Community College
  • Ohio Technical College
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Triangle Tech

Where It's Held

Skills Learned in Class