What is Metal Fabrication?

The Metal Fabrication program includes an introduction to the basic machining metalworking processes as well as an introduction to the basic welding profession. The purpose of the course is to prepare students to continue study in a postsecondary metals program (Welding or Machine Tool Operation) and continue their college education.

Metal Fabrication I (Manufacturing Fundamentals)

The first year program is designed to give the student an overall orientation for leadership; basic safety; math, measuring tools, and instruments. Student will also learn to use hand and power tools; lathe theory and operation; milling machine theory and operation , and grinding operations and to read blueprints;. Safety is emphasized in each unit and every activity.

Metal Fabrication II

Metal Fabrication II includes advanced precision machining techniques and an emphasis on welding processes. Welding topics include employability skills, safety, basic oxy-fuel cutting, plasma arc cutting (PAC), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux core arc welding (FCAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), and shielded metal arc welding (SMAW).

What is happening in Metal Fabrication?

In order to be admitted to the Metal Fabrication program, a student must successfully complete Algebra I with a C or higher as well as complete their most recent English class with a C or higher. It is recommended that students entering the program should have TABE scores in Math & Reading no lower than eighth grade level.

Benefits of Completing the Program

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Trade and Industry Certifications/Benefits to student:

Students who study basic machine metalworking processes may pursue, at their cost, a certification with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS). Students who study this curriculum may pursue certification of the NIMS Level 1 standards for machining. Attaining this certification is an option for the student; therefore, the student is responsible for the financial costs attributed with achievement of the certification.

This curriculum has also been aligned to modules in the Contren program as endorsed by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Students who study this curriculum using the CONTREN materials under the supervision of an instructor who has been certified by the NCCER are eligible to be tested on each module in the welding area. Students who successfully pass these tests may be certified to the NCCER by the instructor and will receive documentation from NCCER. The Manufacturing welding curriculum framework is aligned to the NCCER Core and Welding.

Contren program and NIMS credentials are used throughout the United States by industry to recruit, hire, place, and promote individual workers.

This certification allows students who do not choose to continue training at a higher level to go directly into the workforce as a highly skilled worker with high paying wages.


This program was designed to articulate to postsecondary Automotive Machinist Tech and postsecondary Machine Tool Operations.

High School Program

Community College Program

Community College Course

Metal Fabrication

Automotive Machinist Tech

MST 1114—Power Machinery I

Machine Tool Operations

AUV 1116—Fundamentals for Automotive Machinists



& Machining

**MST 1115,
Power Machinery I

Secondary Teacher

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