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 Administration–endorsed safety training and certification.
So, still think you know shop class?
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.
Washington State History (first semester) World Studies (second semester)
Contemporary World Problems
Art or Personalized Pathway Requirements*
PE (both semesters)
Health (first semester) and PE (second semester)
Intro. to Welding/Fabrication Technology
Advanced Welding/Fabrication Technology
Welding/Fabrication Technology Special Projects
World Language or PPR
World Language or PPR
*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.
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.