Advanced Technologies Manufacturing

PIE Center Pathways

Welding is designed to provide students with opportunities to effectively perform cutting and
welding applications of increasing complexity used in the advanced manufacturing industry.
Partnering with TCAT-Athens, Dual Enrollment welding instruction will provide related math, blueprint theory, physical properties of metal, effects of heat shrinkage, basic joint designs, and fabrication. Practical work experience will prepare the student in the safe use of welding equipment on Mild Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel, and Aluminum. Training emphasizes the four basic positions of welding: flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead.
Students will be proficient in (1) fundamental safety practices in welding, (2) gas metal
arc welding (GMAW), (3) flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), (4) gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), and (5)
quality control methods.
Sources: TCAT-Athens, TDOE

See your high school counselor for opportunities in the Welding Program of Study.


Mig welder

Sheet metal worker


Structural iron and steelworker

Welding inspector

Tool and die maker

Master plumber


Auto body welder/technician

Industrial boilermaker

Tack Welder

Rig Welder

Robotic Welding

Tack Welding

Post Secondary Certifications

Industry Certifications:
American Welding Society (AWS) Entry Welder or the AWS SENSE Advanced Welders
qualifications and certifications.

Post Secondary Certifications:
Tack Welder 432 Certificate
Shielded Metal Arc Welder 648 Certificate

Post Secondary Partners

Tennessee College of Applied Technologies-Athens
Cleveland State Community College

Community Partners

Clubs and Professional Organizations

Skills USA Career Technical Student Organization
“Mission Statement: SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. We improve the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in academics. Our vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunity for career success.”
Source: National Skills USA