Industrial Welding
The Industrial Welding program provides the opportunity to develop competence in welding procedures and practices.  Students who successfully complete the program will have an opportunity to take the Welding Certification test as established by the American Welding Society and the D1.1 Structural Welding Code-Steel.
To complete all the required skills, high school students attend three hours per day for two school years.  Adults may complete in one year by attending six hours per day.

Program Instructor



Mr. Curt Claycomb began teaching at NCC in August, 2003, and has been a member of the American Welding Society and Certified Associate Welding Inspector (CAWI) since 2014. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a BS in Secondary Education, as well as Industrial Technology and has attained a 99 year Vocational Certification. He has worked in the field as a welder and is also an instructor in the Career Center's Welding Adult Education program.



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Areas of Study

  • Safety
  • Welding Terminology
  • Welding Theory
  • Basic Metallurgy
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Welding Symbols
  • Fabrication
  • Shielded Metal Art Welding
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • Thermal Cutting

Dual and/or Articulated Credit

  • Program completers can receive up to one college credit hour from Metropolitan Community College.
  • Program completers can receive up to 12 college credit hours from Missouri State Technical College.
  • Program completers can receive up to 12 college credit hours from Missouri Western State University.

Career Opportunities


Hourly Wage*

Average Salary*


$ 10 - $ 24

$ 33,000


$ 12 - $ 25

$ 33,000

Machine Operator

$ 11 - $ 25

$ 37,000

Sheet Metal Worker

$ 12 - $ 36

$ 42,000


$ 15 - $ 37

$ 50,000

Oil Rig Welder

$ 10 - $ 39

$ 62,000

Under Water Welding

   $ 30 - $100+



* Occupational Outlook Handbook, Summer 2012 & May 2014

New information is now available for Missourians looking for which jobs will be "hot" this decade. The report shows that youth and adults with an interest - and skills - in science, technology, engineering, and math have many bright prospects in Missouri. 

The "Missouri's Hot Jobs" report suggests which occupations are most likely to be in demand through 2018, according to the Missouri Economic Research Information Center (MERIC).