NIT is now offering Welding in High School.

These courses focuses on the many different welding processes: SMAW (stick), GMAW (MIG), GTAW (TIG) & CAG (Carbon Arc Gouging). Outfitted with welding booths & a welding simulator, students will apply classroom learning in a welding shop.

Program Description:

In NIT’s weld shop, high school & homeschool students will be introduced to basic welding principles, tools, gases & filler metals. Theory-based learning through instructor-led online lectures is reinforced by hands-on time in the shop. Outfitted with welding booths, simulators, personal protective equipment & safety instruction, students have the chance to build their skillset, one process at a time.

Tuition Breakdown

Each course is 8 weeks in length, and tuition cost is $500 per course

  • Hobart Shielded Metal Arc Welding Basic
  • NIT Blackboard Student Access
  • Additional one-time $250 books and materials fee (separate from tuition cost)

Welding I (Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welding)

Theory meets hands-on practice in this comprehensive introductory course. Through a combination of practical instruction in the welding booth, simulated testing, & online learning guided by expert instructors, students will gain a holistic understanding of the art & science of welding. Safety takes precedence from the outset, with an in-depth exploration of safety precautions specific to arc welding. Participants will grasp the importance of maintaining safety protocols throughout the welding process, ensuring a secure working environment for themselves & their peers. The course covers essential topics related to shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), including equipment requirements, arc control techniques, visual inspection, & quality control. Students will master the art of striking & controlling the arc, learning to manipulate welding distortion & adhere to guidelines for electrode selection to achieve optimal weld size & profile. Moreover, participants will explore advanced techniques such as carbon arc cutting & gouging, as well as hard-surfacing & repair of cast iron. The curriculum culminates in the examination of various welding positions required for qualification tests on 3/8” mild steel, providing students with a comprehensive skill set essential for success in the welding profession.

Welding II (Structural Shielded Metal Arc Welding)

Building upon the foundational knowledge acquired in Welding I, this advanced course in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) empowers students to further enhance their skills & explore new applications in the field. Participants will engage in a comprehensive review of shop awareness & safety precautions specific to SMAW, ensuring a thorough understanding of safety protocols. Students examine the intricacies of advanced SMAW processes & equipment, earning the knowledge & proficiency necessary to tackle complex welding projects with confidence. Key variables influencing weld quality will be examined in detail, providing insights into optimizing welding parameters to achieve superior results. Participants will explore advanced inspection techniques to ensure stringent quality control throughout the welding process. Further investigations into weld size & profile, carbon arc cutting, & gouging techniques will expand students' skill sets, enabling them to tackle diverse welding challenges with precision & finesse. Skill-building exercises will encompass all welding positions on varying thicknesses of mild steel, ranging from 3/8” to 1”, allowing students to hone their abilities & master SMAW techniques across a wide spectrum of applications.

Welding III (Gas Metal Arc Welding)

Expand your welding repertoire with this course in Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW). Building upon the foundation laid in previous SMAW coursework, students will turn their attention to the process of GMAW. Safety protocols specific to GMAW will be rigorously stressed, ensuring students possess a comprehensive understanding of safety practices prior to engaging in hands-on welding activities. Participants will learn processes, equipment, & key variables associated with GMAW. The role of the welder in visual inspection & quality control will be thoroughly examined, emphasizing the importance of meticulous attention to detail in achieving superior weld quality. Weld size & profile will inform each project, guiding students towards precision & excellence in their work. Skill-building exercises encompassing all welding positions on mild steel ranging from 3/8” to 1” thicknesses will solidify students' understanding & proficiency in GMAW techniques. Through hands-on practice & theoretical instruction, participants will emerge as competent GMAW welders, ready to tackle diverse welding challenges with confidence & precision.

Welding IV (Flux Cored Arc Welding)

This course provides a comprehensive exploration of Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), a versatile welding process with wide-ranging applications. Beginning with a rigorous focus on safety protocols specific to FCAW, students will establish a solid foundation before gaining a thorough understanding of the flux-cored arc process, equipment, & setup procedures, as well as the distinctions between FCAW & Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW). Key variables affecting weld quality will be examined in detail, including the relationship between amperage & voltage, electrode selection, angles, travel speed, electrode extension, & joint design. To enhance learning, students will have access to video demonstrations & hands-on skill-building exercises. These exercises will involve performing fillet welds & groove welds on carbon steel plate in all positions using both gas-shielded & self-shielded tubular electrodes. Additionally, students will gain practical experience in welding 6-inch schedule 80 pipe in the 2G & 5G positions, further solidifying their understanding & proficiency in FCAW techniques.

Our courses meet the requirements for credit & can qualify for credit transfer as shown below. Please note - transfer of credit is always at the discretion of the receiving school.

1/2 Elective Credit OR
1/2 Physical Science Credit OR
1/2 Elective Science Credit


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