• welding, fabrication technology, magnet program, Fort Vancouver High School
  • welding, fabrication technology, magnet program, Fort Vancouver High School
  • welding, fabrication technology, magnet program, Fort Vancouver High School
  • welding, fabrication technology, magnet program, Fort Vancouver High School

Spark a discovery

Think you know shop class? In the Welding/Fabrication Technology program of choice for students in grades 10 through 12 at Fort Vancouver High School, there’s math (everything from addition and subtraction to trigonometry) and science (physics, for one), as well as technical skills (want to learn how to read a blueprint or use a micrometer?) and even art. Students learn both theory and practice. Past projects include welding an 18-foot trailer, building a custom bike and constructing a hovercraft, to name just a few.

Welding students also get a boost when it’s time to find opportunities after high school. Some have received welding and machining internship and job offers before even completing the program. Others have taken the American Welding Society’s certified welding test and become credentialed while still enrolled in high school. Graduates also leave the program with Occupational Safety & Health Administrationendorsed safety training and certification.

So, still think you know shop class?

Application process

Apply online during the program of choice application period, which typically begins in mid-January. Applications are reviewed and accepted based on student interest as detailed in the application.

If the deadline to apply has passed, please inquire about availability by contacting the Welding/Fabrication Technology coordinator.

Tamara Barry
Welding/Fabrication Technology coordinator
360-313-4000

Sample four-year plan

Period Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
1 Freshman English Sophomore English Junior English Senior English
2 Art Washington State History (first semester) World Studies (second semester) U.S. History Contemporary World Problems
3 Math Math Math Art or Personalized Pathway Requirements*
4 PE (both semesters) Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Health (first semester) and PE (second semester)
5 Intro. to Welding/Fabrication Technology Welding/Fabrication Technology Advanced Welding/Fabrication Technology Welding/Fabrication Technology Special Projects
6 World Language or PPR World Language or PPR Elective Elective

*Personalized Pathway Requirements are courses that lead to a specific post-high school career outcome chosen by the student, based on the student’s interest and High School and Beyond Plan.

Career clusters

For more information on related high school classes, post-secondary options and potential careers, please review the Manufacturing and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (one or more pathway) Career Clusters.

Certification

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration certification
  • American Welding Society all position shielded metal arc welding