Machine Tool with Welding

The first year course will introduce students to both basic machining and welding. Activities include: lathe operations, milling machines, drill presses, blueprint reading and other tools found in the metal industry. Students will also be introduced to aspects of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Stick), Metal Inert Gas Welding (MIG), Plasma Cutting, Oxy/Fuel Torch operation and Tungsten Inert Gas Welding (TIG). All students will be expected to obtain a certification in NOCTI (National Occupational Competency Testing Institute) an or AWS (American Welding Society) certification. These credentials are universally recognized in each of the respective industries.

The second year course is an extension of the Machine Tool/Welding Technology I program with an increased level of expertise in machining and welding. The machinist projects assigned are more complex. Students will be exposed to computer numerical control (CNC), four jaw chucking, and other advanced processes. The welding criteria will expand to include a more comprehensive skill set in the various test positions required by the AWS (American Welding Society). The students will expand their knowledge in Tig welding, blueprint reading and other advanced aspects of welding.

Qualities of a Successful Student:

  • Professionalism, respect, self-motivation and honesty (Work Ethics ).
  • Basic reading/writing skills and be able to communicate with other students and instructor on a daily basis.
  • Ability to work with basic math, fraction conversion to decimal and basic geometry.
  • Basic blueprint reading, knowledge to sketch a drawing.
  • Safety awareness and follow (PPE) instructions

Sample Wage Potential: MACHINIST (2018 O*Net estimates)

  • Maine: Median $49,780; Top 90% $68,800
  • National: Median $43,630; Top 90% $65,360

Sample Wage Potential: WELDER (2018 O*Net estimates)

  • Maine: Median $49,560; Top 90% $61,480
  • National: Median $41,380; Top 90% $63,740

Certifications Offered:

  • American Welding Society (AWS)

College Credit Opportunities:

  • Southern Maine Community College
  • Kennebec Valley Community College
  • Central Maine Community College

Instructor: Darryl Nadeau,

Ed Tech: Tom Brown,