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Nevada Department of Education

The Department of Education has undertaken an ambitious effort to develop statewide occupational skill standards. The standards in this document are for welding programs and are designed to clearly state what the student should know and be able to do upon completion of an advanced high-school program. The writing team determined that any statewide skill standards for programs that teach welding should be designed to teach entry-level and advanced skills according to the standards established by the American Welding Society (AWS). The standards cover the following areas: (1) Safety; (2) Measurement and Layout; (3) Metallurgy; (4) Tools and Machines; (5) Oxy-Fuel Welding/Cutting; (6) Shielded Metal Arc Welding; (7) Gas Metal Arc Welding; (8) Flux Core Arc Welding; (9) Gas Tungsten Arc Welding; (10) Plasma Arc Cutting; (11) Fabrication; (12) Weld Testing; (13) Employability Skills. The standards also include the math skills students need to be successful in the industry. These exit-level standards are designed for advanced programs, for students completing the third level of a three- or four-year welding program. Students at the appropriate level of instruction will be expected to demonstrate competence for all performance indicators in the "meets standard" domains for each performance standard. Teachers are encouraged to use them to focus curriculum objectives for entry-level programs, also. The standards are organized as follows: (1) Content Standards; (2) Performance Standards; and (3) Performance Indicators. [This report was prepared by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Nevada Department of Education.]

Descriptors: Welding, Metallurgy, Metal Working, Machine Tools, Measurement, Safety, Mathematics Skills, State Standards, Career Planning, Occupational Information, Vocational Education, Career Development, Industry, Job Skills, Academic Standards, High School Students, Shop Curriculum, Manufacturing

Nevada Department of Education. 700 East Fifth Street, Carson City, NV 89701. Tel: 775-687-9200; Fax: 775-687-9101; Web site:

Autor: Pointer, Mike; Naylor, Randy; Warden, John; Senek, Gene; Shirley, Charles; Lefcourt, Lew; Munson, Justin; Johnson, Art


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