This program educates students in the fundamentals of the welding industry, preparing men and women using a variety of hands-on training opportunities.  Welding has a solid track record in technology and process advancements.  Because of its strength, welding is used to construct and repair parts of ships, automobiles, spacecraft, and thousands of other manufactured products.  Job prospects in this industry continue to flourish, and the students of the RG Drage Welding program continue to be recruited from many area businesses!

Skills taught within the program include:  SMAW (steel, stainless steel, cast iron, and aluminum), GMAW (steel and aluminum welding), GTAW (steel, stainless steel, aluminum, gas welding), FCAW (structural steels, plasma arc-cutting), OFC/OFW, air carbon arc cutting, blueprint reading, and fabricating weldments.

  • Welder/Fabricator
  • Welding Apprentice
  • Machine Operator (shear, brake, roll)
  • Millwright
  • Welder/Cutter
  • Plumber & Pipe Fitters
  • Iron Workers
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Boilermaker
  • Welding Engineer
  • Welding Inspector
  • Welding Supervisor
  • Certified Welder
  • Underwater Welder
  • Nuclear Welder
  • Laser Welding

*Average Salary Range: $28,000- $110,000

*Based on skill level, education and experience

I walked in the door of the welding program not knowing the first thing of being a tradesman. Now, because of RG Drage and my instructor, I’ve had the opportunity to work coast to coast in the oil industry and provide a very healthy living for my family and myself. I owe my success to the R. Drage welding program.

Jeff Agnone–RG Drage/Louisville High School Graduate

Journeyman Pipe Welder–Plumbers and Pipefitters Union     

Industry Credentials: AWS/AMSE Certifications, OSHA Forklift certification, Pre-Apprenticeship
Course Credits: 3 Credits Per Year
Student Organization: SkillsUSA
College Partners: Kent State University, University of Akron and Stark State College
Potential College Credits: up to 12 
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