Metal Fabrication

A female student welds in the Metal Fab shop at QHS.Metal Fabrication & Joining Technologies

The Metal Fabrication and Joining Technologies program at Quincy High provides career preparation for students through hands-on training and state-of-the-art equipment. Students develop expertise in welding, blueprint reading, layout, fabrication of light and heavy gauge metals, CNC plasma arc technology, and more. The program, spanning three years, provides over 725 hours of shop and related training, ensuring students are well-prepared for the demands of the industry.

  • Comprehensive Training: Gain expertise in gas metal arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, CNC plasma arc technology, blueprint reading, and more.

  • Certifications: Prepare for the industry with written and practical exams aligned with American Welding Society Sense Program. Additional certification in OSHA Construction enhances your skill set.

  • Pathways to Apprenticeships: Benefit from partnerships with local unions and technical colleges that recognize our program for credits toward apprenticeships.

Post-Graduate Opportunities

Quincy's location in the greater Boston area opens up exciting opportunities within the local industry. Our comprehensive program is designed not only to impart essential skills but also to foster connections with local trades unions and businesses. By joining our program, you gain access to mentorship opportunities, and a supportive community that values craftsmanship.


Upon completing the Metal Fabrication program, students can explore a variety of rewarding career paths:

  • Iron Worker: Ironworkers, skilled in tasks like welding and bolting, play a pivotal role in shaping skylines and contributing to essential infrastructure projects.

  • Pipe-Fitter: Specialize in the installation and maintenance of piping systems, playing a crucial role in diverse industries such as construction, manufacturing, and energy.

  • Metal Fabricator: Metal fabricators have diverse career opportunities, shaping and assembling metal components for industries such as manufacturing, construction, and design, showcasing their craftsmanship and precision.

With additional training, students can become welders/fabricators, CNC plasma machine operators, layout fabricators, or oxy-acetylene professionals.

Entry-level positions typically require a high-school diploma or GED. Aspiring metal fabricators should possess knowledge in blueprint reading, metals, machinery, measuring devices, and basic computer skills for CNC technology. Specialized skills and certifications in various welding positions and metal cutting can lead to higher-paying and more stable employment. Employers often sponsor apprenticeships, providing a pathway to continuous skill development.

Metal fabricators find opportunities across various industries:

  • Construction Industry: Welders and metal fabricators are in demand for the construction of buildings, bridges, and other infrastructure projects.

  • Manufacturing Sector: Many manufacturing industries, including automotive, aerospace, and electronics, require skilled welders for the fabrication of metal components.

  • Shipbuilding: Welders play a crucial role in the construction and repair of ships, working with materials such as steel and aluminum.

  • Oil and Gas Industry: Welders are needed for pipeline construction, offshore platform fabrication, and maintenance in the oil and gas sector.

  • Automotive Repair: Welders are employed in the repair and fabrication of metal components in the automotive industry.

  • Art and Design: Metal fabrication skills can be applied in artistic endeavors, creating sculptures, decorative pieces, and custom metalwork.

  • Structural Steel Fabrication: Working with steel structures for buildings and bridges, welders contribute to the creation of essential infrastructure.

Average Salary

In Massachusetts, welders earn an average salary of $55,000, surpassing national averages.The average Union Welder in Boston, MA makes $77,592, 12% above the national average Union Welder salary of $69,190. Fabricators and machinists earn $37,170 and $47,940, respectively. Specialized skills and certifications can enhance earning potential.

Industry/Career Outlook

Welding in 2023 and the future is considered a high-demand occupation due to the aging workforce, industry growth, and lack of information and development. Industry growth opens new workplaces, but soon enough, we will have a large number of retiring welders.

Equipment/Software Training

Swift-Cut CNC Plasma System, Siemens Solid Edge 2D CAD, CNC milling machine, Horizontal Band Saw, hydraulic power shear, 12-foot press brake, and iron worker machinery.


Students may graduate from our program with the following certifications:

  • OSHA C10 Construction, Safety & Health 10 Hours

  • American Welding Society Sense Entry-Level Welder Certificate

  • American Welding Society Sense Advance Welder Certification

  • MAVA Apprentice Sheet Metal Worker Certification

  • MA DOT Bridge Welding Certification

  • Hot Work Safety Certificate Program

  • Certificate of Occupational Proficiency – Metal Fabrication

Articulation Agreements

Students may earn college credits and/or scholarships via local colleges:

Keene State College – 4 credits

  • SPDI 180 Metal Processing and Prototyping

  • SPDI 290 Special Topics

  • KSC 100 General Elective – 4 credits

Recommended Course of Study

Grade 9

  • English

  • Foreign Language

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Physical Education

  • Pathways

  • 1 Elective Course

Grade 10

  • English

  • Foreign Language

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Physical Education

  • Metal Fabrication and Joining Technologies 1

  • 1 Elective Course

Grade 11

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Physical Education

  • Metal Fabrication and Joining Technologies 2

Grade 12

  • English

  • Social Studies

  • Physical Education

  • Metal Fabrication and Joining Technologies 3

  • 2 Elective Courses