Welding & Metal Fabrication

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

In this program, students will learn the fundamentals of Mig welding, Tig welding, stick welding, and other cutting-edge welding processes.

Students will have opportunities to apply academic and technical skills in welding and metal fabrication and demonstrate creativity and innovation through individualized projects and practice.

Students learn how to use SolidWorks to design and Plasma Cam to cut individual projects which can be fabricated and welded in the shop.

CREDENTIALS, CERTIFICATES, WORK-BASED LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Students have opportunities to earn certifications in various welding processes such as SMAW 3G 1” Plate. SkillsUSA competitions are available to interested students. In addition, students may earn an SP/2 safety certification, and participate in the National Technical Honor Society.

High School credits available include: 
  • Year 1- 3.0 Elective Credits and 0.5 Social Studies Credits
  • Year 2 - 2.0 Elective Credits and 1.0 Math Credit

Occupations

• Pipe Welder
• Weld Inspector
• Equipment Sales
• Business Owner
• Underwater Welder
• Military
• Custom Fabricator
• Construction Worker

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Bob Couillard

Bob Couillard is the longtime BTC Welding & Metal Fabrication instructor. His passion for  the trade began at BTC as a student in the Machine Trades program. Shortly after  graduation, he was hired at General Electric and worked in the manufacturing and  welding departments. He was accepted into a three-year apprenticeship program which  consisted of on-the-job training combined with classroom instruction. During Bob’s 11  years with G.E., he held positions as a machinist and Quality Control inspector. He has held  QC welding certifications in the GE Armament Division.  Bob returned to BTC as the Machine Trades instructor, and is currently in his 30th year  teaching the Welding & Metal Fab program. He earned an associate’s degree in Business Administration and Computer Science at Trinity College. In addition to his work at BTC,  Bob runs his own automotive business and shop, where he does repair work and welding. 

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Program Outcomes

Students who have successfully completed the program are able to immediately enter the job market (Hazelett’s, Fab-Tech, PG Adams, Blodgett Oven). Students have also gone on to further their education in programs at Lincoln Technical Institute and Advanced Welding Institute. Qualified students will have the opportunity to obtain industry-approved welding certifications and participate in work-based learning opportunities and co-op placements with instructor approval.

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