Weld Tech A:
In Weld Tech A, students spend the first week learning about safety in the welding shop and other industrial settings. The next couple of steps are to learn and understand SMAW (stick welding), OAC (Oxy-Acetylene cutting), and GMAW (wire feed welding). Students are given ample opportunities to practice and gain muscle memory.
Weld Tech B:
In Weld Tech B, students are given a safety recap in the first week. After that, the in depth coverage of SMAW, OAC, and GMAW processes. Students can expect to spend many hours in the welding booth practicing out of position welding. This class is the one that will develop the student from novice to advanced. Also covered in Weld tech B are material preparation, various saw trainings, PAC (Plasma Arc Cutting), and project introduction.
Weld Tech C:
In Weld Tech C, students are given a safety recap in the first week. For the duration of Weld Tech C, students get to spend booth time practicing previously learned processes plus GTAW (Tig Welding). Students then get a chance to work with materials other than steel, as they are introduced to Aluminum. The time alloted for building and designing projects for the community gets increased. Construction practices and increased measurement are applied to this level of student.
Weld Tech D:
In Weld Tech D, students are once again reminded of safety for shop and jobsite in regards to the tooling they will be using. This class level gets to work on projects and all learned processes, including running entire jobs from start to finish. Some students may choose to practice for certification from the AWS (American Welding Society). Certification is not easily achieved, but it is possible at this level.
Weld Tech 1:
Covers Weld Tech A and B in a year long span, two period course.
Weld Tech 2:
Covers Weld Tech C and D in a year long span, two period course.
Students must work safely at all times. At the beginning of each semester, they sign an MSBSD Lab safety contract. They can receive up to 5 points per day for safely performing duties assigned to them. Since shop cleanliness is essential for safety, the cleanliness points line up with the safety points. Students can receive up to 5 points per day for their regular Practice/Project time. Students are monitored closely in these three areas. Safety, productivity, and cleanliness. Regular pencil and paper assingments are given weekly. Students are required to bring writing utensils and a spiral bound notebook to class daily.