Applied Trades: Carpentry, Welding Technology, Automotive Technology and Industrial Maintenance

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The Carpentry program at South Branch Career & Technical center provides students with entry-level skills required in the home construction industry or a related field of carpentry. Instructional units cover safety, hand tools, power tools, blueprints, and estimation. This instruction combined with practical experience in and out of the shop compliment the main emphasis of the phases of residential construction. Upon completion of the carpentry program, students should have the qualifications to start a career as a carpenter’s helper for a contractor, government agency, industrial plant, or cabinet and millwork factory. After meeting the requirements, students may also apply for entrance into an apprenticeship program or at a post-secondary program. The students will also receive several certifications including the OSHA 10 hr card.

Welding Technology

The welding program offers the following instruction.

NCCER Curriculum including;

1st yr: Core Safety / Level 1 Thermal Cutting and Welding Fundamentals.

2nd yr: Level 2 Metallurgy, Blueprint Reading and Welding Symbols; Level Three includes Advanced Processes and Pipe.

Structured by classroom curriculum combined with actual welding training taking place in a working shop, student’s mix welding theory accompanied with actual hands on training delivered in a “Simulated Work Place” welding shop environment.

During the course of two years students shall be introduced to a well-organized program designed to help them acquire a marketable skill.

Structured tasks involving Welding and Thermal Cutting Processes are implemented and designed to direct and steer the student toward recognized and Accredited Welding Credentials.

South Branch Career and Technical Center’s Welding Program is an active member of the AWS (American Welding Society) South Branch is also a regional Accredited Testing Facility through the West Virginia Dept. of Vocational Education, being able to offer Certifications in multiple welding processes in both structural steel and pipe. South Branch’s welding students are highly valued and often sought out by area employers as they have developed the reputation of being well trained and are among the best available. We are proud of our students and by offering quality instruction want them to be proud of us.

About Your Instructor; The current welding instructor, Mr. Tim Kiser has been at the helm of the welding program since August 21, 2001. Mr. Kiser is also an active member of AWS and a Welding Inspector with Certified Testing Credentials issued through the WVDE. Prior to that Tim had been involved in the Welding Trade for 25 years. Mr. Kiser’s hope is to deliver the best program possible to his students so they will be able to take with them a learned trade skill combined with an education that will always serve them well.

Automotive Technology
The South Branch Career and Technical Center’s Automotive Technology Program offers two courses of study: a first year basic level course which follows the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation’s(N.A.T.E.F.) Maintenance and Light Repair Course (M.L.R) and a second year advanced level course which follows the N.A.T.E.F. Automotive Service Technician Course (A.S.T.). These courses will provide the automotive technology student a solid foundation with which to pursue further automotive education at the college level, or seek immediate entry into the Automotive Industry as an apprentice Automotive Technician.

Industrial Maintenance
Training in this class will provide an opportunity to develop a broad based set of skills in the area of hydraulics,pneumatics,programmable logic circuits,and electrical and mechanical maintenance.Solar power appllications will also be explored this year !