Welding

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The Welding program at PTC provides top training to those looking to enter the Welding career path. Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

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Instructor Profile: Steve Ake

Discussing what employers are looking for after graduation, Ake says, “They’re going to hire someone who can weld. Get the basics to get your foot in the door and you can have a great career ahead of you.” It’s important to build your foundational skills because, as Ake explains, “If you go to get a welding job, you have to test for that specific job. Even if you work on one pipeline and you move to another, you have to re-test in order to get that job.”

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Hired!

Imagine running a business responsible for welding massive steel structures that will do amazing tasks in roadwork, farming, and other applications. Now, you need to find a welder. What kind of person would you expect to walk through your door? Well, they’d have to be skilled, hard working, and responsible. They’d also have to be ready to work hard and do whatever it takes to get the job done each and every day…right? Would you be thinking of an 18-year-old girl two days after her high school graduation? 

If not, you’d have missed out on an amazing employee!

Sadie Khoury walked through that door at Cammond Industries and because of the skills she developed during her time at PTC, has been able to produce quality products, meet quotas, and even pick up extra work from time to time when the company has increased demand.

When asked how she found out about the opportunity, Khoury shared that she first recommended the owner come through the PTC shop and see the training in action. After he realized she was developing the kinds of skills needed for his business, she said, “He called me up one day and said, ‘I need a welder, get down here.’” She continued, “I started working two days after I graduated high school.” Now, more than a year later, she’s has some seniority in the shop and even enjoys helping new welders as they join the team.

When asked what advice she’d give for someone just starting out in the welding industry, Khoury says, “Be teachable, don’t act like you know everything. Even if you think you know it all, you probably don’t. There’s always something to learn. Keep a level head, slow down and think through the work if you have to. I also had a lot of people underestimate me because I’m a girl. For women, even if you’re not physically able to heavy lift, there are so many different welding jobs that don’t require heavy lifting.” 

Khoury shouldn’t be underestimated going forward and has certainly proven herself in the industry. She is the embodiment of one of our values here at PTC. She is fearless, a proactive innovator, and a bold leader!



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Hired!

What if you owned a business and needed to find an employee who can work on vehicles, solve interesting mechanical challenges, weld, fabricate, and all that with a hunger to learn new things every day to make your business better? How difficult would it be to find such an employee?

Jordan Melville, PTC Automotive Program Alumni and current Welding program student, recently began working at Powerlift in Ada. 

“I was working in my welding booth one day, and Jim Lawson (BIS Coordinator at PTC) stopped by and asked if I had a moment to talk. He said he knew of a job that might be a perfect fit for the skills I’ve built over the years at PTC.”

In this case, the right skills and talent combined with long-held relationships and cross-program cooperation allowed Jim Lawson, Business and Industry Services Coordinator, to match a local company staffing need with a highly qualified, driven, and talented employee. “This is what it’s all about. I love it when all the pieces fit together and quality training turns into a career opportunity for a deserving student. It’s always nice to bring such a high value service to our industry partners as well,” says Jim.

Melville has worked hard to be where he is today. A dedication to developing skills in areas he is passionate about will pay off for him in the long run. Having built a solid foundation, Jordan represents PTC’s core values quite well. Service with respect, Integrity in always doing what’s right, commitment with dedication, and he is fearlessly proactively pursuing his future.

Programs

Combination WeldingCombination Welding I

Combination Welding

This program is an introduction to common welding and cutting processes used in metal fabrication. Students will be introduced to Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Open Root PipeWelds, Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), GasTungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Oxy-Fuel Cutting (OFC), Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC),Air Carbon Arc Cutting (AAC), metal preparation and heat treating. Students will also be introduced to blueprint reading and construction of items according to specifications.

Courses:

Safety and Orientation (30 Hours)
Safety – OSHA 10 (10 Hours)
CuttingProcesses (60 Hours)
Blueprint Reading, Measurement and Math Basic (60 Hours)
Blueprint Reading, Measurement and Math Advanced (45 Hours)
SMAW Basic (120 Hours)
SMAW Advanced (100 Hours)
SMAW Open Root Pipe Welds I (110 Hours)
SMAW Open Root Pipe Welds II (115 Hours)
GTAW Basic (120 Hours)
GTAW Advanced (60 Hours)
GMAW/FCAW Basic (120 Hours)
GMAW/FCAW Advanced (100 Hours)

High School Cost of Program: Tuition, Fees and Books

Partner school students attend tuition free

Adult Cost of Program: Tuition, Fees and Books

Total In-District: $6,213
Total Out of District: $8,575
VA Approved

Possible Employment Opportunities:

Welding Inspector
Welder
Welder’s Helper
Welder Fitter
Cutting Process Technician
GMAW Structural Welder
GMAW Pipe Welder
GTAW Structural Welder
SMAW Structural Welder
SMAW Pipe Welder
FCAW Structural Welder
Welding and Metal Fabrication

Credentials/Certifications

Gas Metal Arc Welder
Gas Tungsten Arc Welder
Oklahoma Welder Certification
Shielded Metal Arc Welder

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Potential Salary

For information concerning working conditions, physical requirements, employment and job outlook please refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) at:

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Salary information can be found at The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) Resource Center at:

http://www.onetonline.org/
CIP: 48-0508      O-NET: 51-4121

Pontotoc Tech Student Services team builds partnerships with Ada area businesses & industry to create opportunities for on the job training and student placement. Call the Pontotoc Technology Center Counselor at 580-310-2264 or visit pontotoctech.edu

PROGRAM TITLE:
Combination Welding
INSTRUCTOR:
Steve Ake
TOTAL HOURS:
1050

Combination Welding I

This program is an introduction to common welding and cutting processes used in metal fabrication of structural.  Students will be introduced to Shielded Metal Arc Welding(SMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), and Flux-Cored Metal Arc Welding (FCAW).

Courses:

Safety and Orientation (30 Hours)
Cutting Processes (60 Hours)
Blueprint Reading, Measurement and Math Basics (60 Hours)
SMAW Basic (120 Hours)
GTAW Basic (120 Hours)
GMAW/FCAW (120 Hours)

High School Cost of Program: Tuition, Fees and Books

Partner school students attend tuition free

Adult Cost of Program: Tuition, Fees and Books

Total In-District: $4,645
Total Out of District: $5,965

Possible Employment Opportunities:

Welding Inspector
Welder
Welder’s Helper
Welder Fitter
Cutting Process Technician
SMAW Structural Welder
SMAW Pipe Welder
Welding and Metal Fabrication

Credentials/Certifications

Oklahoma Welder Certification
Shielded Metal Arc Welder

Logo of dollar sign inside of a circle.

Potential Salary

For information concerning working conditions, physical requirements, employment and job outlook please refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) at:

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Salary information can be found at The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) Resource Center at:

http://www.onetonline.org/
CIP: 48-0508      O-NET: 51-4121

Pontotoc Tech Student Services team builds partnerships with Ada area businesses & industry to create opportunities for on the job training and student placement. Call the Pontotoc Technology Center Counselor at 580-310-2264 or visit pontotoctech.edu

PROGRAM TITLE:
Structural Welding
INSTRUCTOR:
Steve Ake
TOTAL HOURS:
510