My name is Ashley Black and I have been teaching for 11 years. I started my welding career right here at Lexington Technology Center in 1989. I graduated with honors from the Lexington Technology Center Welding program in 1992. I worked in the field of welding for 12 years. I began my teaching career at Heyward Career Center. After 3 years at Heyward I was able to come back to Lexington Technology Center to continue my teaching career. I am N.C.C.E.R certified instructor along with AWS.
My name is Kevin Gratton. I have taught Welding for the past thirty years. I have a Master’s Level Certification from the South Carolina State Department of Education in Welding. I taught in Fairfield County Schools for twenty‐six years and I am in my fifth year of teaching Welding at Lexington Technology Center. I worked in manufacturing as well as the construction industry before and during my teaching career. I was previously employed in the Welding Industry utilizing the four major processes, SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, and FCAW. I have taught Welding and Pre‐Employment courses for Midlands Technical College and Welding courses for South Carolina Electric and Gas and Duke Energy. I am also currently teaching for the State Department of Education in the DIRECT Program. This is part of the certification program for all new Career & Technology Education (CATE) teachers. I serve as Second Vice Chairman of the American Welding Society, Columbia Section.
Welding Technology 1 (LTC)
Grades 11, 10, 12 (2 units)
This course focuses on the physical properties of metals as well as the testing of welded joints. Students learn oxyfuel and plasma cutting. They also study welding techniques (shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc and flux core arc). Students study safety issues, read blueprints and design projects.
Welding Technology 2 (LTC)
Grades 12, 11 (2 units)
Prerequisite: Welding Technology 1
Welding 2 concentrates on the study of advanced cutting and welding techniques. Students fabricate projects from blueprints and design projects. Students may be eligible to participate in cooperative work experiences or apprenticeships, which combine career and technology training with supervised work experience in business and industry.
Welding Technology 3 (LTC)
Grade 12 and 11 (2 units)
Prerequisites: Welding 2
Welding Technology 3 students continue to study advanced welding processes. Students weld in all positions using SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, and FCAW. Students weld on carbon steel, stainless, and aluminum. Students learn destructive testing methods as well as visual testing methods. Students in this class learn how to obtain welding certifications in the (3G) and (4G) positions. Students practice advanced cutting skills using Oxy-Fuel and Plasma cutting torches. Students fabricate projects from blueprints and weld them with multiple welding processes.