Welding: Basics and Beyond

Have you ever wanted to learn how to weld? You are not alone; welding is used in thousands of ways from creating art to building spaceships! Its origins go back to ancient times and welding is an exciting and rewarding process. Whether you are an artist, a weekend warrior, or curious about welding as a career, in this introductory course you will learn various welding methods and techniques such as GMAW (MIG), GTAW (TIG), and SMAW (stick). You will also learn about different types of welding equipment, basic welding safety, and the use of various tools to prepare metals for welding. This course is geared for the beginner but all skill levels are welcome.

Contact Michael Glontz at 336-757-3701 or mglontz@forsythtech.edu to see if you qualify and to schedule your scholarship orientation.  Or complete and submit the form below.

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Occupation Description

A welder would be expected to handle the following repairs:

  1. Repair and installation of piping and structural systems
  2. Mechanical systems repair
  3. Repair and construction of various metal structures

Additional Information

Economic Workforce Development: Welding Technical Standards


Careers Available

Welders are employed by welding contractors, repair facilities, hospitals, factories, and other maintenance companies.


Learning Objectives

Core topics:

  • Principles of ARC/MIG and TIG welding
  • The AC-DC transformer welding machine
  • Heat ranges and polarity needed for welding various metals
  • Types of welding rods/wire used for each material welded
  • Welding positions; overhead, horizontal, vertical
  • Shop safety

Through classroom lecture and hands on lab work, the student will learn the safe and practical applications of ARC welding. Training sessions are held in a technical skills welding lab/classroom.  Lab is equipped with necessary supplies and tools to teach this course and allow students to principles of ARC/MIG and TIG welding.


Recommended Courses and Skills

There are no prerequisites, but a strong mechanical ability is very important.


Course Schedule

There are no courses available


For more information, call 336.734.7023