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    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 Welder Performance Qualification 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.  

Program Instructor

  • Claycomb


    Mr. 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.




Areas of Study

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

College Credit

    • Students may receive up to 18 dual credit hours from Metropolitan Community College.
    • Program completers can receive up to 12 college credit hours from Missouri Western State University.

Career Opportunities



    Hourly Wage*

    Average Salary*

    Machine Operator

    $ 17.98

    $ 37,400


    $ 18.91

    $ 39,330

    Welding Inspector

    $ 21.40

    $ 44,510


    Underwater Welder

    $ 21.80

    $ 22.70

    $ 45,340

    $ 47,210

    Robotic Technician

    $ 30.28

    $ 62,970


    $ 32.02

    $ 66,600

    Oil Rig Welder

    Sheet Metal Worker

    $ 32.02

    $ 32.25

    $ 66,600

    $ 67,070


    * Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2019


    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).