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What You Will Learn In The Welding Program
The successful welding student will learn to operate in a welding shop as safely as possible, learning current best practices. This will be augmented with classes in First Aid, CPR, and AED use. A clean shop is a safe shop. Every employer would find value in employees with this type of training.
Students will learn how to safely and accurately use thermal cutting using the oxygen/fuel cutting torch both manual and automated; the plasma cutting process both manual and computer-controlled; grinding and use of the metal shear and chop saw.
Welding Symbols and Print Reading
The welding student will learn the current American Welding Society standards in order to be able to properly weld materials together as designed.
The welding student will learn the four most common welding processes which constitute the entry-level welder by the American Welding Society. Students will also gain exposure to the submerged arc welding process and other automated processes.
Destructive and non-destructive testing and welding math allow the student to explore various aspects of the welding industry, from inspection and quality control to managing a welding business. These disciplines allow our students to better understand industry standards and how the welding industry assures welds are as sound as possible.
Our Welding Students
About Your Welding Instructors
Rick Shields grew up in St. George Utah and graduated from Pine View High School. It was in high school that he developed a passion for welding. After high school graduation he went into the welding and custom fabrication industry full time. While in the industry he built anything from custom handrail locally, to power plants and conveyor systems world wide. In 2016, after eleven years in the welding industry Rick started teaching at the Washington County School District. For six years Rick taught Beginning and Advanced Welding at Pine View and Snow Canyon High Schools, then joined the Dixie Tech team full time in January 2023.
After high school, he went on to work in industry for 15 years welding and fabricating Handrail, Steel fencing, Structural steel, Tanks and Pressure Vessels as well as welding for a drilling company. During his work experience, Vic carried required welding certifications for each job as a welder, fitter, welder fitter, ACWI (Associate Certified Welding Inspector), floor leadman, shop foreman, and as a project manager in the office.
For the next 26 years, Vic taught welding for the Washington County School District with the focus of industry readiness for his students: Everything has a steel component and requires a welder to complete it. Everything you fabricate or weld is a form of artwork and you should be proud of what you do.