3 YEAR Program

The Program


Today's Welders must be able to do many kinds of welding. Students in the welding program gain a solid background in the theory and "hands-on" experience which meet today's employers' needs. Students learn through a competency based program which includes theory and blueprint reading. Safety is stressed in all areas of welding. Fabrication skills are experienced by completion of projects and related school work-orders.



An welder should:


-   Have good hand-eye coordination

-   Have stamina for stooping, bending, crouching, lifting

-   Have average resistance to strong odors, heat,

     and bright light

-   Have good ability to stay with a job until it is finished

-   Have good math and mechanical drawing background

-   Be able to work within the precise limits or standards

     of accuracy


Oxyacetylene cutting

-   Oxyacetylene welding & brazing

-   ARC Welding

-   MIG Welding

-   TIG Welding

-   Fluxcore Welding

-   ARC- Air Cutting

-   Plasma Cutting

-   Blueprint Reading

-   AWS Welding Symbols

Electrode Classifications



Upon graduation, qualified welders will find jobs in construction, manufacturing and energy related fields and many other areas. Many graduates open their own shop. Opportunities are limited only by skill, attitude, and willingness to achieve. All seniors now have the opportunity to be A.W.S. certified upon graduation. This new certification will be very helpful in becoming employed in one's chosen field.


Meet The Instructor

Instructional sequence & POS

Mr. Brad Custead has worked in the welding field for more than 16 years. He is a graduate of the former Crawford County Area Vocational Technical School's Welding program, as well as Cochranton Senior High School. In 1997-98, he was awarded "Welder of the Year".


Mr. Custead opened his own welding shop, Custead Welding and Fabrication, in 2008. He is a certified AWS (American Welding Society) Welder.


Mr. Custead is the varsity volleyball coach at Cochranton High School. He also coaches 5th and 6th grade volleyball and the Cochranton Elementary School.

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Crawford County Career & Technical Center

860 Thurston Rd., Meadville Pennsylvania  16335

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