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Welding, the most common way of permanently joining metal parts, is used to construct and repair parts of ships, automobiles, spacecraft and thousands of other manufactured products.  Heat is applied to the pieces to be joined, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond.  Students in the program learn traditional techniques on equipment they will use in the workforce, performing stick welds, mig welds, aluminum welds, tig welds, and many others. 

Career Outlook

There will always be a need for hands-on welding, and knowing how to spot and correct problems during the welding process is essential.  Being able to integrate welding techniques and knowledge of industrial blueprints, fabrication, layout, process operation, and equipment setup, and be able to spot and correct problems in the welding process.


Mr. Paul Kirby is a graduate of Lexington High School.  He attended Snead State and Wallace State. He has over 30 years of on-the-job welding experience. He worked 15 years at Tyson Foods, Inc. in management.  He is the pastor of CCMC.  He has two children.  He enjoys hunting, fishing, and raising Brahman cattle.  His favorite thing about teaching is knowing that something he can teach can make a positive difference in someone's life.

Favorite Quote:  "Work for today. You can't change yesterday. Tomorrow has not been granted yet."

Welding Application 


close-up photo of a student welding
close-up photo of a welding firepit project
close-up photo of a student welding
welding student mini-grill with green smoke coming out of it
photo of a student welding
close-up photo of a welding fire pit project
three welding students posing together with their welding gear on
close-up photo of a student welding