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Start prepping NOW for your dream job or work-anywhere trade skills!

Sharpen Your Welding Skills. Prepare for Certification.

In today’s digital-dominated environment, there’s something to be said for someone who makes a living with their hands. Do you love to work with your hands to build machines that last lifetimes? Are you fascinated by welding, fabrication and metalwork? If this sounds like you, then a career in the skilled trade industry could play right into your hands. Take a hands-on, deep dive into the time-tested, world-building realms of welding and fabrication — with Introduction, Intermediate and Advanced level classes all available. If you want to break into the skilled trade industry and learn what it takes to earn your living as a certified welder, this program is sure to get you fired up.

What You'll Learn

From 9th grade upward, enroll in courses (Advanced Level is A-G approved) to start preparing for your skilled trade career. Classes include:

  • CTE Intro Welding & Fabrication
  • CTE Con Welding & Fabrication
  • CTE Cap Welding & Fabrication

What You’ll Do

Take what you’re learning in the classroom into the real world and experience for yourself all that awaits you in the time-honored and always-needed skilled trade industry. Hands-on, immersive experiences include:

  • Intensive welding work
  • Professional guest speakers

Who You Can Be

Kickstart your career path with top-tier academic instruction and industry-leader insights. The Welding and Fabrication program prepares you for potential careers such as:

  • Certified Welder
  • Certified Union Welder

Industry Average Wages: $47,000–$162,000

Projected Industry Growth: 3%

What You Need to Know

VUSD’s Welding and Fabrication CTE track prepares students for successful careers in the skilled trade industry, with a particular focus on welding and fabrication work. Students (grades 9 and up) learn vital skills such as tool safety, project planning, project construction and project finishing, earning a California state Professional Certification. The program is based at Ventura High School and leads directly to VUSD’s Skilled Trade/Welding pathway. Students learn and sharpen skills with extensive welding experience under high-level direction. Students also benefit from respected guest speakers within the skilled trade industry, as well as partnerships with renowned local businesses like Elite Plating, Syndicated Machine, Royal Hydraulics and C&R Molds. Students emerge from this truly hands-on program with enhanced skills, confidence, direct access to a powerful pathway and a valuable Ventura College credit.

College Credits

Get a jump start on your college future by earning college credits and valuable real-world skills you can use for college and career.

2 Year

AS Engineering Welding - Ventura College

4 Year

BS Industrial Engineer - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo