Carl Spitzer, Instructor, Certified Welding Inspector

Program Description

This is a full day, eleven month program of study beginning in July of each year for adults.  The class meets Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 2:30PM.

It is designed to assist students in building a knowledge and technical skills base in multiple aspects of Welding.  Upon successful completion, students will be career ready for entry level positions in the Welding Field.

Topics covered in the program include, but are not limited to:


  • Fundamentals of Welding
  • Thermal Cutting Operations
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding
  • Blueprint Reading and Metallurgy
  • Destructive and Non-destructive Testing
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • Fabrication Math


Instruction will take place in a comprehensive classroom and state-of-the-art lab.  Successful students may have the opportunity to take up to sixteen West Virginia Department of Education Welding certification tests, four American Welding Society S.E.N.S.E. (Level One) written and performance tests, and an OSHA 10 certification.


Program Entrance Requirements:

  • Ben Franklin Career Center Adult Application
  • Valid Driver’s License/Government Issued Identification
  • 18 Years of Age Prior to End of Program(June 1)
  • High School Diploma or High School Equivalency Test Certificate (GED, TASC , etc.)
  • Score 8 or Above in both Areas of the Entrance Exam (Reading and Mathematics)
  • Successful Instructor Interview
  • Payment Arrangements
  • Basic Reading and Shop Math Skills
  • Able to lift 75 pounds


For Program Specific Questions, Please Contact Mr. Spitzer At: cspitzer@mail.kana.k12.wv.us


Program Certificate Requirements:

“C” (70%) or better Overall Grade Average

No more than Eleven (11) Days of Absences

Pass Two Documented Drug Screenings


Employment Opportunities

Assemblers and Fabricators


Pipeline Welders/Helpers, and Metal Workers

Machinists, Tool, and Die Makers

Sheet Metal Workers

Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters

Metal and Plastic Machine Workers


Program Courses

(Listed in Order of Delivery)

Course Name (Course Code) Hours

Welding I (9235A) 135

Welding II (9236A) 135

Ornamental Welding (9239A) 135

Blueprint Reading and Metallurgy (9240A) 135

Welding III (9237A) 135

Gas Metal Arc Welding (9241A) 135

Welding IV (9238A) 135

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (9242A) 135

SMAW Pipe Welding (9314A) 135

GMAW Pipe Welding (9315A) 135

  Total Hours 1350


Program Cost

$ 7354.00

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