Year 1: Intro Agriculture Mechanics (Welding)
Agriculture Mechanics (Intro to Welding) is an academically challenging course that integrates mathematics, science, writing, and mechanics. Specific units include: Using the Ag Mechanics Shop, Measurement, Project Planning, Electricity and Electronics, Plumbing Systems and Water Use, Arc Welding, Power Mechanics, and Careers. Students will focus on understanding the theory of the preceding areas, as well as mastery of the application of these theories. Students will exceed core academic knowledge and demonstrate critical thinking skills as they apply their knowledge to projects, real-life scenarios, and case studies. Units covered in this course will build upon existing knowledge where applicable. At the end of this course, students will earn an ICEV Ag Mechanics Certification and Articulation credit with Mt. Sac Community College.
Year 2: Ag Welding
Agriculture Welding is an intermediate course that focuses heavily on learning the art, science, and techniques of welding. As it is a second-year course to the Agriculture Mechanics pathway, it will allow the students to try out each of the different methods of welding and perfect their skills in each of the disciplines. Specific units include Shop Safety, Understanding Design, and Fabrication Processes Using Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Oxygen/Acetylene Torch and Welding, and TIG Welding. At the end of this course, students will earn an OSHA Certification and Articulation credits with Fullerton Community College.
Year 3 & 4: Metal Fabrication
Agriculture Metal Fabrication will introduce students to art sculpture with an emphasis on fabricated and welded steel designs from a social, historical, and contemporary perspective. Students will have completed introductory and concentration courses in welding processes including Shielded Metal Arc, Gas Tungsten Arc, Gas Metal Arc, Flux Core Arc, Oxygen-Acetylene, Oxygen-Fuel Cutting, Plasma Arc Cutting, and CNC Plasma design. This class will focus on welding and metal fabrication as a fine art medium. The course will consist of guided exercises, studio projects, collaborative learning, group discussions, and the use of critique to expand knowledge of art techniques, mediums, artists, art movements, historical periods, and career paths within the creative field of the arts. The course also prepares students for college and career choices and a self-promotion project that includes a resume, job interview, and portfolio. This course requires mastery of all design principles, technical mastery of the welding process, equipment and tool use, and digital platforms. At the end of this course, students will earn their fine arts credit (f) and work with industry professionals in welding and metal fabrication.