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Capital Region Career & Technical School

Welding & Metal Fabrication

STudentWelders and sheet metal fabicrators are in high demand globally. Whether welding oil pipes in Texas, fixing pipelines locally or building bridges downstate, welders and fabricators have no trouble finding well-paying jobs.

The Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School program prepares students for careers or further training, either through our adult program, college or technical school. Prospective career paths include orbital welding technician, TIG welder, sheet metal fabricator, pipe fitter/welder, ornamental iron worker, MIG welder, structural welder, production welder or quality control/welding inspector.

Fast Facts (steel and iron workers)

Information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Job Projections: 13 percent annual growth in new jobs through 2026
  • Median U.S. Salary: $50,830 per year in 2016
  • Education requirements: Although most sheet metal workers, particularly those in construction, learn their trade through an apprenticeship, those who work in manufacturing
    often learn on the job or at a technical college.


How Capital Region BOCES CTE can get you there

The Welding & Metal Fabrication program teaches students the skills and techniques necessary for success in a field that values well trained, experienced workers. Students learn shielded metal arc welding (stick); MIG, flux-cored and TIG welding; and automated Orbital TIG welding. They also learn about the operation of welding and metal fabrication machinery, blueprint reading, clean room environments and shop theory.

Upon completion of the Welding & Metal Fabrication program, students are prepared to enter the workforce or go on for more advanced training at specialized technical schools or college. Career information can be found at

Video: View a short video of students in action

Click here for units of study.

College articulation agreements

  • SUNY DelhiWelding
  • SUNY Alfred


Academic Prerequistites:

  • A positive attendance record and physical dexterity are required.


Welder Certification for Adult Students program:


For an application for any adult education class, click here.



Teachers: Christopher Panny at Mohonasen and Donald Mattoon at Albany.

Integration teachers: Amy Schrom (science) at Albany and Mohonasen, as well asKen Bevan (English) at Albany.

Guidance couselor: Mary Lou Hamel (email Mary Lou)





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