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Metal Fabrication & Welding

About the Program

The Metal Fabrication & Joining program provides students with real-world experience in addition to the ability to graduate with certifications sought by employers. The curriculum offers practical skills in fabrication, layout, and welding with theory and welding practice. A wide range of skills surrounding welding and sheet metal are presented. The students will be trained in many forms of welding using up-to-date equipment. They include; Oxyacetylene Cutting and Welding (OAC/W), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Resistance Welding (spot welding), as well as, some soldering (silver soldering), and Arc Gouging and Cutting (air arc). Upon completion of the Metal Fabrication & Welding Technology curriculum, students are required to complete at least one welding certification. Graduates also earn an OSHA 10-hour certification (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), a CPR, AED, and First Aid Certification, as well as, a Hot Works Certification.

​Course Content

  • Metal Fabrication and Welding Safety
  • Math Boot Camp
  • Introduction to SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding)
  • SMAW Beads and Fillet Welds
  • Oxy-Fuel Welding
  • Hand Power Tools
  • OSHA 10-Hour
  • American Red Cross First Aid/CPR AED
  • Hot Work Safety Certification (NFPA)
  • Electrodes I
  • Oxy-Fuel Cutting I
  • Plasma Arc Cutting
  • Introduction to GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding)
  • SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding)
  • Employability and Entrepreneur
  • Oxy-Fuel Cutting II
  • Basic Metal Preparation
  • Joint Fit-up and Alignment
  • GMAW and FCAW (Flux-cored Arct Welding)
  • Mechanical Cutting
  • Cutting and Gouging
  • GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding)

Career Prospects

Job prospects should be good for welders trained in the latest technologies. However, welders who do not have up-to-date training may face strong competition for jobs. For all welders, job prospects should be better for those willing to relocate.

Industry Certifications

  • MTI Metal Fabrication/Welding Certificate
  • OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety
  • American Welding Society (AWS) Welder
  • Mass Highway D1.5

Career Pathways

  • Apprentice Welders
  • Boilermaker
  • Commercial Diver Welder
  • Equipment and Supply Sales
  • Iron Worker
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Metal Fabricators
  • Pipefitter
  • Service Representatives
  • Welders
  • Welding Engineer
  • Welding Inspector

Career Salaries

  • Entry Level Salary: $33,380
  • Potential Salary: $60,000+
  • 2017 Mean Salary: $51,240
  • Job Growth Rate: 6%

*Salary information provided by Bureau of Labor Statistics and Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development


  • In-District MA Resident: $11,520
  • In-State MA Resident: $13,594
  • Out-of-State Residents: $13,824
  • Materials Fee: $1,500
  • Payment Plans Available


  • January 18, 2022
  • 270-Hour Program
  • Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 4:30-10:00 PM
  • Days and times subject to adjustment.

In addition to classroom time, students are required to participate in online course work.