Introduction to Metalworking / Welding
Class projects in this course will focus largely on welding and other techniques for joining metals. Steel will be the primary focus, but opportunities to explore aluminum, stainless steel, and other metals will be offered. In addition to gaining an understanding of welding safety and theory, and practice time, students will learn how to select welding equipment appropriate to their needs. Cutting, machining, heat treating, and sheet metal work will also be discussed. If time allows, steel for personal projects will be sold by the foot at additional cost.
Instructor: Steve Ward
Dates: Mondays, February 10 - April 14 ( 8 week )
Location: Watauga High School Weld Lab
Registration will begin on the following dates, and remain open until this class start date, or until this class reaches capacity:
- FALL SESSION: August 1 at noon
- SPRING SESSION: December 1 at noon
- SUMMER SESSION: May 1 at noon
PLEASE NOTE: You may cancel a craft class up to two weeks before the class begins, with a $30 cancellation fee assessed. No refunds are allowed within two weeks of the start date, nor after the class begins.
Bachelors of Science in Industrial Education (Appalachian State)
Bachelors of Science in Electronics (Appalachian State)
- Physics Minor & Concentration
Master of Arts in Technology Education
24 HRs. of Community College Welding/ Machining classes (Caldwell and Catawba Valley)
One US Patent #6134765
Two years military experience (active Army)
American Welding Society D1.1 structural welding certification 3G & 4G
16 years teaching experience (Watauga High School, Caldwell Community College)
NC Teaching License:
- Technology Education (9-12)
- Principles of Technology Endorsement - Electronics - Drafting - Welding - Middle School Technology (6-9)
PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. If space is available, instructors are often able to add new students at the second class of a multi-week class. Please contact Eric Reichard to inquire if you can join a class late. If a class is beyond the second class meeting, contact Jack Chambers to be added to the mailing list. Contact information is at the bottom of the page.
Director: Eric Reichard, 828-262-6360
If you experience problems completing the registration, contact Jack Chambers at 828-262-2933 or email Jack Chambers.