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Welding: 3-Year Program

Program Overview

Butler Tech’s Welding program offers hands-on education that prepares students for a rewarding career. Starting in the 10th grade, students are immersed in Welding Technologies, learning the fundamental principles of various welding methods like Shielded Metal Arc and Gas Metal Arc Welding, while focusing on safety and quality control. In 11th grade, the program evolves to cover Gas Metal Arc Welding and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, enabling students to master advanced techniques and understand the selection of appropriate electrodes, filler materials, and shielding gases.

Personalized Capstone

The Welding program culminates during the 12th-grade year with a Personalized Capstone Experience, often involving project-based learning and community partnerships, that allows students to apply their acquired skills in practical, real-world settings, including cooperative education or apprenticeships. This capstone offers an avenue for cooperative education or apprenticeships, allowing students to master the technical skills required in the industry and experience hands-on, authentic learning opportunities.

College Tech Prep Program

College-like instruction combined with hands-on activities prepare students for the technical occupations of the future, and a pathway to an associate degree or beyond. College Tech Prep programs provide advanced skills in math, science, communication, and technology.

Graduate from high school career-ready and college-prepared. Earn field credentials on an individualized basis, and the option to earn college credits to apply toward a college degree.


Monitoring/assessing the performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements to take corrective action.

Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.



People interested in this work like activities that include physical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to detail
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Maturity

Career Pathways

  • Welding Inspector
  • Fabricator
  • Robotic Welding Operator/Programmer
  • Welder


Program Highlights

Industry Overview

No matter how sophisticated technology becomes, one thing remains constant in the manufacturing world: metal must be joined to metal, and only qualified Welding Technicians can do this vital job. Skilled welders are in high demand in the booming industry. From skyscrapers to the deep sea, robotics to automated vehicles, welders are a part of building just about everything, everywhere.

Course Work

  • Welding Technologies
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • Personalized Capstone Experience

Butler Tech has a unique partnership with local businesses, offering students hands-on opportunities like:

  • Job co-op experiences
  • Job shadowing
  • Internship
  • On-the-job-training


Students will have the opportunity to pursue credentials in the following areas:

  • Manufacturing
  • Programming
  • Robotics
  • Welding