Derek Kuykendall, Instructor
Derek Kuykendall Instructor

Mr. Kuykendall is an AWS Certified Welder and has more than 20 years' experience with the Boilermakers.

Welding Technology
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Are you looking to fuse a hands-on career with a rewarding job? Do you like fixing and creating things people need for everyday life?

Becoming a welder does not require years of college.

If you...

  • pay attention to detail

  • have a steady hand

  • posses physical stamina and strength, and

  • don’t mind breaking a sweat,

...welding may be for you.

Successful program completer will have the knowledge and skills to get started in this rewarding and high-paying career right out of high school.

Welding Technology
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Skill development includes:

  • layout and measurement techniques,

  • operating equipment, and

  • safety management.

Welding Technology
student working in the shop

Students apply the skills they learn by constructing a variety of projects.

Welding Technology
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Students develop:

  • technical skills,

  • critical thinking, and

  • leadership skills.

Alabama SkillsUSA
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Alabama SkillsUSAprovides students with job skills training & 21st Century employability skills.

Students can grow their technical and leadership skills through:

  • competitions,

  • hands-on activities, and

  • leadership development.

Alabama SkillsUSA
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Competitors receive contest drawings and a set of welding procedure specifications.

All drawings, welding symbols, and welding terms conform to the latest edition of the American Welding Society standards.

Alabama SkillsUSA
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Through a series of work stations, contestants are tested on various aspects of welding including:

  • measuring weld replicas,

  • using weld measuring gauges,

  • laying out a plate, and

  • using oxy-acetylene equipment

Alabama SkillsUSA
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Competitors complete the steel project and weld an aluminum project in various positions using a variety of filler metals.

Credentials Offered
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This program utilizes NCCER’s four-level curriculum covers topics such as:

  • oxyfuel Cutting,

  • welding Symbols, and

  • stainless-Steel Groove Welds.

Credentials Offered
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NCCER’s curriculum also correlates to the AWS SENSE (Schools Excelling through national Skills Education) standards and guidelines for Entry Welder.

Alabama Simulated Workplace
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Alabama Simulated Workplace shifts classrooms into a company setting that introduces students to business processes using distinct workplace components including:

  • time clock,

  • safety training,

  • company procedures and more.

Live Work
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Students at the Career Tech Center have the opportunity to do live work for customers under the supervision of the teacher.

SkillsUSA Local Competition 2021
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SkillsUSA Local Competition 2021
1st Place Advanced:  Colin Vaughn

1st Place Advanced: Colin Vaughn

SkillsUSA Local Competition 2021
2nd Place Advanced: Randy Kralka

2nd Place Advanced: Randy Kralka

SkillsUSA Local Competition 2021
3rd Place Advanced: Dalton Johnson

3rd Place Advanced: Dalton Johnson

SkillsUSA Local Competition 2021
1st Place First Year: Nathan Meats

1st Place First Year: Nathan Meats

SkillsUSA Local Competition 2021
2nd Place First Year: Keagon Meadows

2nd Place First Year: Keagon Meadows

SkillsUSA Local Competition 2021
3rd Place First Year: Ethan Weeks

3rd Place First Year: Ethan Weeks

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT SEPT 2021
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Bo Bedwell

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT OCT 2021
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Nathan Meats

Student Spotlight November-December 2021
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