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The Career Center Welding Program builds students welding knowledge and skills and exposes students to as many aspects of the welding industry as possible. For instance, industry leaders visit with students to provide their perspective, higher education training facilities present continuing education opportunities, students make educational outreach visits to businesses. 


Carpenter International Training Fund (CITF)  Level 1 (Basic) Level 2 (Advanced)

Opportunities Upon Completion

Welding I - Welder’s Helper $13.85/hour participating in the construction of infrastructure, buildings, homes, power plants, etc.

Welding II - Welder $20.43/hour participating in the construction of infrastructure, buildings, homes, power plants, etc. Additional opportunities include studying blueprints, sketches, and specifications to calculate the dimensions of the parts to be welded, inspecting structures or materials to be welded, igniting torches or starting power supplies, monitoring the welding process to avoid overheating, and maintaining equipment and machinery.

Welding III - Welder $22.41/hour doing all of the above. 

Students may also pursue a post-secondary education to advance their skills. 


11th and 12th graders

Heat tolerance

Students Learn

Welding I

Occupational Orientation & Safety
Cutting Processes
Shielded Metal Arc Welding I
Electrical Fundamentals & Inspection
Construction Math

Welding II

Shielded Metal Arc Welding II (SMAW or arc/stick)
Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding V-Groove
Metallurgy & Symbols

Welding III

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW or Mig)
Flux Cored Arc Welding I (FCAW or Flux Core)
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (Tig)
Manufacturing Procedures

Uniform Requirements

Welding uniform shirt with Career Center logo monogrammed on left chest purchased at Workwear Concepts in Broussard 337-839-9675
Leather steel-toe boots (no laces)
Welding cap
Cotton jeans without holes or frays


$50 Class fee
$2 School identification card fee
$20 School parking tag fee (optional)

Career Center

Feb. 4th 2019,  the welding students received yet another educational opportunity to brighten their future. The High School Admissions Representatives, Mr. Michael Gordon, with Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center had an action packed presentation including facts about life skills, soft skills, grants, scholarships, educational opportunities, and career options. Both juniors, and seniors asked valid questions and they were given answers to help them make informed decisions about their own future. The Welding Department is always striving to offer students the chance to gain knowledge, and wisdom from as many sources as possible. We wish the best to all of our students in the program in whatever direction they may travel.

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Welding Industry Outreach Tours

Our students are always being exposed to local industry leaders like Begneaud Manufacturing and 4-M Welding Supplies. Both of these companies offered the students many insights into the welding industry including fabrication techniques, advanced welding technology, welding supplies, repair and maintenance of equipment. The focus of the W.D and Mary Baker Smith Career Center is “Creating Career Professionals of the Future”!

Welding Industry 1
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Welding industry 3

Students Working

The following pictures are students working or the completed student welding projects.

Students Working 1
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