Southern's Technology Department has two classes in welding that are part of the auto program. We do not currently offer a degree in welding, but by taking these two classes you will be able to weld using several processes. The processes taught are mig, tig, arc-stick, and oxy-acetylene. Students learn to weld several types of metal: steel, aluminum, and cast iron. These metals are often welded in the auto repair process. We teach mig welding of sheet metal and plate steel. The time spent welding is about 50 percent on mig, using mostly steel but also aluminum is taught. Shielded metal arc welding (stick) is about 25 percent of the class, using steel and cast iron. The tig process (often called heliarc) is taught on aluminum. The oxy-acetylene process is taught welding steel as well as learning to braze and cut. Some of our students have gone into welding as a career. Welding projects are made possible by the band saw, abrasive cut-off saw, and sheet metal bending equipment on hand.