Downey Unified’s Welding Pathway offers students the opportunity to begin the pursuit of a highly rewarding and respected career option that is in high demand. This pathway is the first step on a path towards becoming licensed and certified with the American Welding Society (AWS). With technical lectures and demonstrations on industrial fabrication equipment along with plenty of hands-on experience, the Welding Pathway prepares students for trade school and entry-level work in welding-related fields.
Did you know…
- A career in welding does not require the traditional 4- to 5-years of college
- Welders can make between $85,000 and $107,000 per year
Welding supplies will be provided free of cost to our students
What is a Welding Pathway?
The Downey Unified Welding Pathway will be equivalent to the Cerritos College course: WELD 100 Welding Fundamentals (2.5 units)
DUSD Year 1: Weld 100: fall and spring semesters (180 hours total)
DUSD Year 2: Second course
- Each semester course offers 5 original credits and is not recommended for credit recovery
- Each course meets a-g criteria needed for high school diploma or application to CSU and UC
- Offers forklift certification: student must be 18+ years of age
- Is a first step on path towards becoming licensed and certified with the American Welding Society (AWS)
- Prepares students for trade school and entry-level work in welding and related fields
Students will learn:
- Welding safety
- Forklift certification
- Basic welding skills with 4 of the most popular arc welding processes: Arc Welding (SMAW), MIG (GMAW), TIG (GTAW), and FCAW
- Carbon Arc, Plasma Arc, and Oxyfuel Cutting processes
- Technical lectures and demonstrations on industrial fabrication equipment
- Weld projects using multiple welding processes
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Who is the ideal student for the welding program?
- Committed to safety and self-motivated
- Committed to learning a technical trade
- Interested in articulating into a trade school after course completion or college (e.g. Cerritos College welding program)
- Interested in becoming an AWS certified welder in the future
- Seeking to advance in the workforce with entry level welding skills & forklift certification (18+ yo)
- Enjoys working outdoors or applying themselves to a hands-on project
- Detail-oriented, creative and organized
Welding Certificate or Certification?
- Displays that you’ve successfully completed welding course(s)
- Entry-level work
You passed the AWS welding certification exam (http://www.aws.org)
- Eligible for LA City welding licensing
Journeyman, higher salary potential
Stronger employment demand and better job stability