The Metal Fabrication pathway is designed as a secondary program for preparation to enter the field of metalworking. 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) or to begin work at the entry level in a metal occupation. The machining units in this curriculum are written to the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentialing standards, and the welding units are written to the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification standards.
For students to experience success in the program, the following student prerequisites are suggested:
- C or higher in English (the previous year)
- C or higher in high school-level math (last course taken, or the instructor can specify the level of math instruction needed)
- Instructor approval