Welding students learn to use gases and welding processes and to braze and solder metal parts according to diagrams, blueprints, and written specifications. This is a four-year program of study with some courses requiring two-blocks of instruction. Some courses may be available for dual enrollment credit through Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). The four-year program of study includes:

  • Technology Education elective
  • Welding I
  • Welding II
  • Welding III

Note: Applications for this program are open for rising 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students.  

Program Type

Transfer Program – Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities.  Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Sequencing




Technical Drawing


Welding I


Welding II


Welding III


PSHS Information

Coordinator: Ms. Norwood

Telephone: 703-441-4200

Email: norwoosm@pwcs.edu 

Information Meetings

January 18, 2023, 6:30 p.m. at Potomac HS

Attendance Areas

All students in PWCS can apply to this program.

Potomac Senior High School's Welding Lab teaches all the major welding techniques used in today's industry. Students will become a part of the most advanced, modern technology any lab has to offer. Students also have the opportunity to become dually-enrolled as high school and college students, partnered with Northern Virginia Community College, earning college credits while still in high school. Students have the opportunity to gain close to all the credits needed in order to become certified welders at a fraction of the cost of Northern Virginia Community College's regular tuition rate as a result of our partnership with NVCC.

Our Welding Program is AWS (American Welding Society) accredited and a SENSE Level certification (Students Excelling through National skill Standard Education) can be earned. We also participate in Skills USA local, district and national competitions. Potomac Senior High School's Welding Program is designed to train and certify students to become highly skilled individuals upon graduation. Learn how to weld for a career or a hobby. The program participates in numerous field trips that are taken throughout the year to various welding organizations such as Dominion Power Plant and ship yards. We offer a 4 year, fully transferable program; however, 9th graders are required to take Technical Drawing for their first year preparation. Grades 10, 11 and 12 start welding immediately. Students with less than 4 years left on their educational requirements can also transfer to the Program.

Please contact Professor Simon J Bhagwandeen at Bhagwasj@pwcs.edu for any questions.