What is this program all about?
Students will gain knowledge of indutrial and construction welding, become proficient utilizing a variety of welding techniques, learn to read blueprints, interpret welding drawings and sketches, learn safety rules, and be eligible to earn certification in welding technologies.
Students can receive:
- NCCER Welding Level I Certification
- NCCER Craftsman Level I Certification
- OSHA 10 Hour Certification ($600 value)
- Embedded 4th Math Credit for Georgia High School Graduation
Maxwell High School will provide students the materials and tools needed to acquire welding skills and comply with safety measures. Students will not have to purchase supplies however, we need your help in providing adequate materials for every student. A $17 donation to the program is requested and available through MyPaymentsPlus.
Course & Credits
Industry Fundamentals and Occupational Safety
Course Description: This course is designed as the foundational course in the Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Masonry, Machining, Welding, Sheet Metal, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, and HVACR Electrical pathways to prepare students for pursuit of any career in construction. The course prepares the trainee for the basic knowledge to function safely on or around a construction site and in the industry in general and will provide the trainee with the option for an Industry Certification in the Construction Core. Pre-requisite for this course is advisor approval.
Introduction to Metals
Course Description: The metals technology curriculum, Introduction to Metals, is designed to acquaint students with the three major technical occupations (welding, sheet metal, and machining). The various activities equip high school students with the skills needed to select a metal industry occupation, enter the work force, and continue to advance in one of these specialized metals occupations. Experiences include an introduction to the basic requirements of each of these fields, exposure to the structure and nature of career opportunities, and an introduction to types of training and skills required and the use of specialized tools, equipment, and materials. This course is designed to familiarize students with fundamentals of various metal occupations for the purpose of preparing them to select either welding, sheet metal, or machining for more highly specialized training in subsequent courses. Minimum performance requirements for this course are based on successful student completion according to the National Center for Construction Education and Research Center (NCCER) Occupation Standards and the National Institute for Metal-Forming Skills (NIMS) standards. Students who successfully complete the course in accordance with NCCER standards are eligible for registration with the NCCER National Craft Worker Registry or obtain NIMS credentials. The prerequisite for this course is Industry Fundamentals and Occupational Safety.
Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and safe operating skills needed to demonstrate proper set of equipment in oxyfuel, shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), and gas metal arc welding (GMAW). The students will perform oxyfuel cuts using acetylene and propane gases. The students will select electrodes and performs welds using SMAW and GMAW to current industry standards. Welding symbols will be used to interpret detailed drawing used for fabrication. American Welding Society codes will be used to determine the soundness of welds. Minimum performance requirements for this course are based on successful student completion according to the American Welding Society (AWS) and the National Center for Construction Education and Research Center (NCCER) standards. Students who successfully complete the course in accordance with NCCER standards are eligible for registration with the NCCER National Craft Worker Registry. The prerequisite for this course is Introduction of Metals.
Embedded Credit: Math
Mr. Charles J. Kachmar
Charles J. Kachmar
Maxwell Welding Instructor
Gwinnett Online Campus Engineering Instructor
Adjunct Professor, Gwinnett Technical College, CAD & Welding
Tucker High School 2011-12
Grayson High School 2006-11
South Gwinnett High School 1999-2006
Bear Creek Middle School 1995-1999
Senior Commercial Marine Underwriter-Engineered Risks
1985 to 1994
1986 - Central Connecticut State University, BS, Industrial Technology/Management
1986 - UConn, New Britain, CT Campus
1995 - University of Georgia, Maters Degree - Engineering Education
2007 - Praxis Examination - Education Leadership Passed
2008 - University of Georgia, Ed.S. - Workforce Development and Social Foundations; Functional Minor: Educational Leadership
Proud father of Caitlyn and CJ.
Married to Pamela
Certifications & Partnerships
- NCCER - Construction Level 1
- NCCER - Welding 1 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding
- Ryerson Steel
- Gwinnett Technical College
- Kubota Manufacturing
- Sheetmetal Workers Association of Atlanta
- Miller Electric
- Pipefitters Union 72
- Tulsa Welding School
- Lincoln Electric
- Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association
- Lanier Welding Supply, LLC