Metals Career Pathway Program
Note: The foundation course for the Metals Career Pathway Program is Metalworking. This course is open to all students in the district. Following successful completion of Metalworking (general metalworking techniques and shop safety), eligible students can apply for acceptance to the Metals Career Pathway Program, offered exclusively at Lenape High School, but open to all students within the district.
The Metals Career Pathway Program is designed to provide students with a four-year experience in metalworking. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have the opportunity to experience hands-on skills and knowledge in the areas of sheet metal construction, bench metal, mig, tig, arc, and gas welding, and CAD/CAM operations related to Computer Numerical Control machining. In addition, students will be able to read blueprints, use layout tools, coordinate between different roles found in a shop, and understand many of the career opportunities available to them after graduation.
Students may choose between one of two tracks:
This four-year program will provide students with a head start in entering the workforce or continuing on to higher education in the fields of metal welding and fabrication.
Metalworking: Comprehensive course providing experiences in many metal working areas, including sheet metal construction, foundry, bench metal, ornamental ironwork, arc and gas welding, and machining. Students are instructed in the use of hand and power metal working equipment for the construction of selected projects. Also included in the instruction is shop safety, reading plans, precision measurement, and metal properties, processes and classifications.
Metal Fabrication: Students will have hands-on opportunities to work toward becoming a CNC machinist with a focus on CNC milling machines and lathes. The following topics will be covered: safe use of tools and machines, hand mills & lathes, Computer Aided Drafting and Computer-Aided Manufacturing programming, G&M-Code, set-up and operation of CNC machining and turning centers, technical drawing reading, manufacturing math principles, and machine tool theory. The processes and practices taught in this course are of benefit for the hobbyist or the student considering a career in any phase of manufacturing.
Metal Welding and Assembly: In this course students will be introduced to the various types of metal welding and assembly techniques. Topics will include manufacturing fastening techniques such as threaded and non-threaded fastening, compression fitting, and permanent fastening methods. Safe and effective practices in welding will be a focus. Also covered will be the many careers and positions that a successful welder may pursue and how to obtain a welding certification in the industry. The processes and practices taught in this course are of benefit for the hobbyist or the student considering a career in any phase of manufacturing.
Internship: See https://www.lrhsd.org/Page/12768