Welding is the art of joining metals together.  By comparison, wood is joined by nails, bricks are held together with mortar; metal is joined by welding.  Everything you touch every day that is made of metal is most likely welded in one form or another.  Is is one of the most valuable technologies that played a huge part in the Industrial Revolutiona nd it is the backbone to the world's militaries.  Welding today is comprised of three main ingredients:  an electrical power source, some form of shielding, and a filler material.

Welding classes at Swofford cover the principles of welding, cutting, and basic procedures for safety in using welding equipment. Students receive training in blueprint reading, the meaning of lines, views, dimensions, and structural shapes. Welding symbols and assembly drawings used in fabrication work are included in the training at Swofford. 




  • Fabricator
  • Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)
  • Retail Sales
  • Welder
  • Welder/Fitter
  • Welding Foreman
  • Welding Engineer




Welding I

Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite:  None
In this course students learn to Gas Metal Arc weld (MIG) and cut using the oxyfuel process (OAW).  MIG welding is using a continuous consumable wire electrode in the welding process.  Students learn how to apply MIG weld with the semiautomatic machine.  This process is used in the fabrication industry.  Oxyaetylene welding process is used in general maintenance, auto body shops, and repairing small parts where other welding processes would be too expensive.  OAW is designed to prepare students to employ the oxyacetylene process to join commercial metals and alloys.  Instruction also includes using the oxyacetylene flame for cutting metal, case hardening, annealing, and in any practical situation that involves joining metal parts.


Welding II - Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)

Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: Welding I
Alloy steel is mixed with one or more additional elements, which alters its properties and characteristics, producing steel that is greater in strength and toughness.  In the SMAW course, the student learns to identify the different steels and metals along with their respective properties.  Emphasis is placed upon the procedures to use in order to avoid or minimize difficultures in performing a successful weld on alloy steels and non-ferrouse metals.

Welding III - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG)

Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: Welding I
This course teaches the process of welding metals by heating them between a non-consumable tungten electrode in all four positions - flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead.  Students learn to work with three types of metals including carbon, stainless steel, and aluminum.  This is used in industry for precision welding.