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Welding and Metal Fabrication

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Amy Howroyd
telephone number: (860) 584-8433 extension 314
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The welding trade is a very important part of industry, manufacturing, and the construction trades.

  • The Welding Technology program at Bristol TEC is a one-year intensive training program.  Those who successfully complete the training may convert the 900 clock hours credit toward a State approved apprenticeship training program.  In addition, high school students can earn seven credits toward their high school graduation, (one credit each in English, math, history and four credits in shop).
  •  Selected students may be offered the opportunity to continue their training at BTEC for a second year at a more intensive level.
  •  Students receive instruction in welding safety, shop math, blueprint reading, and metallurgy.  Students receive training in the following welding skills:  Oxy-Fuel welding, cutting and brazing, Shielding Metal Arc Welding (stick), Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG), Plasma Cutting, and Carbon Arc Cutting.  Students will also be exposed to fabrication and repair, using various metals and welding applications.  Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible for certification testing.



· The welder may work alone or with a team, work indoors or outdoors, travel, or operate your own business.  Most welders work year round and can be exposed to a variety of work locations. 

  •  The Welding industry offers many opportunities in fields such as:

                                                       Aircraft Welding                       Underwater Welding

                                                       Bridge Welding                       Shipyard Welding 

                                                       Auto Body Welding                Job Shop Welding

                                                       Artistic Welding                       Boilermaker

                                                        Steel Fabricator/Erector       Fabrication

  • Welders usually earn from $10.00 to $14.00 an hour to start.  Experienced welders can expect to earn between $18.00 to $38.00 an hour.


 The job outlook is excellent for welders and fabricators. Many studies forecast an increase in the need for welders as many are reaching retirement age, and the expected increase in manufacturing.

For More Information On the Trade Visit:

 The American Welding Society at:


  •  The Welding/Metal Fabrication program has an excellent placement record, both inside and outside of the state of Connecticut. 
  •  Part time work may be available during the school year through the WBL (Work Based Learning) Program for qualified Students.