Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement
This is a Advanced course in which students will learn to operate welding and advanced shop machinery. This course includes and extensive safety section where students will learn to properly operate each tool. This course also includes occupational information and laboratory experiences directly related to the welding and fabrication industry. Objectives we will follow in class come straight from the core curriculum set up by the Utah State Office of Education.
This is a vocational elective class that prepares students for employment in the field. Punctuality and preparedness are essential to a business-like atmosphere. Disrespect toward others, equipment, or school property will not be tolerated. Horseplay of any type will not be permitted and will be dealt with appropriately. Treating others with dignity and respect is expected of all enrolled in the class. Cheating is absolutely unacceptable. Since this class is at an Advanced level, students are expected to build a major project as part of their final grade.
Assessment of Progress
This is a year long course where students will be introduced to welding and information pertaining to the occupation. Students will receive shop safety instruction and then take a safety test. Students will then build off of their first and second year skills in SMAW (stick welding) and GMAW (MIG welding) GTAW (TIG welding), and further craft their skills to be more prepared for a job in the field. Students will work on various types of welds and welding joints using both welding processes to the Instructor’s satisfaction. Students will also learn about OFC, (Oxy-Fuel Cutting), Plasma Cutting, and perform a variety of cuts. When the assignments are completed, students will be able to fabricate a project using their new skills. After completion of all three levels of my courses, students will have a portfolio filled with all of their safety tests, welding logs, resumés, etc. that they will be able to use as a tool to bring with them to interviews and put in scholarships for college.
Required Equipment for Welding classes are as follows:
- Slip joint pliers
- Safety glasses with Z87.1 rating
- Welding Gloves (all leather)
- Tape Measure
- Soap stone
- Welders Cap
- extra pair of clothes for lab
- Welding Jacket
*THERE WILL BE LOANER PAIRS FOR USE UNTIL YOU BUY YOUR OWN EQUIPMENT.
WHEN YOU PAY YOUR LAB FEE ($20.00) YOU WILL RECEIVE A BRAND NEW PAIR OF LEATHER GLOVES AND A BRAND NEW PAIR OF SAFETY GLASSES.
Attendance/Participation: Regular attendance is critical to learning and your ability to receive a good grade. Students are expected to attend class everyday and work diligently the entire period. The Provo High School Attendance Policy will be strictly enforced. Because of the nature of the class, most work will be completed at school. Students will have daily points allotted for participation, which includes cleanup. Not cleaning will result in complete loss of points for that day.
Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments
All major assignments will be due before the end of each term. Each week students will be earning weekly participation and clean up points.
Progress Reports and Report Cards
Each student will be given a “Welding Log” where every welding assignment for the year will be listed. The welding log is also something they will “Clock in” on each and every day to earn attendance points. Each student will be assessed as if they were “employees” and depending on their work ethic, punctuality, and work produced all together in combination will result in their overall grade.
Connecting Home to School
You can try to reach me on my classroom phone but due to the nature of my class and being out in the shop, the best way to contact me is through email at Kalebm@provo.edu. If you would like, you can leave a phone number for me to reach you on and I will contact you as soon as I have time.
Personal Statement and other items (optional)
If you would like to follow along with your student or the class we do have a couple of social media pages where students projects will be posted for the public to view and support our program. We have a Facebook page under the name of Provo High School Welding and an Instagram page @provohighschoolwelding. Follow along. We appreciate the support!!!
In this class, attendance and shop participation is a HUGE part of being successful through out the year. If students begin to goof off or loose interest in the course, it makes it really hard for me, as the instructor, to justify a passing grade. This class is a work-based class that is geared towards preparing each and every student for the workforce and real life. Students will be treated as adults in every aspect of having a job and being a respectful adult.
Each student will go through an “application process” where they will be taught how to properly fill out an application and build a resume. Once correctly completed, students then become “employee’s” and are treated as such. We have a Write-Up system which reflects that of a real job and with each of their Write- Ups their “Employee Status” (assignment) will be dropped by one third each time, which negatively impacts their grade. Also, this means that like a real job, if you receive enough Write-Ups (three), you can be “Fired”. That can mean one of two things; First, it could mean that they have a chance to re-apply and go through an interview in front of the class. If done correctly, they will be “re-hired” and their Employee status will be brought back up. Second, if the Write-Ups are a more serious offense, they could be removed from my class for good. If there are any questions regarding this system, please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to explain it further.