Career Cluster Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology

Metal Fabrication and Joining Technologies 

This framework is designed for students to gain insight and skills and credentials necessary for success in this field, including the essential credentials: OSHA 10 General Industry, American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welder, and AWS SENSE Entry-Level Welder.


Standards are critical areas of competency aligned to industry identified needs and Industry Recognized Credentials (IRCs) that will support student success in the field. Standards provide the structure that empower the teacher to choose the best curriculum and instructional approaches to guide skill and knowledge development for students.

Industry Recognized Credentials

Industry Recognized Credentials demonstrate standards and skills that strengthen student access to careers upon graduation. Each framework identifies at least one essential safety and essential industry credential, with supplemental and specialized credentials identified to help expand opportunities.

Instructional Resources

The following resources are provided to support educators in developing curriculum and delivering instruction related to this framework. For CTE Chapter 74 programs, instructors can refer to these resources in developing the 900+ hours of required learning time. 

Employer Survey Highlights

Math Lessons:
The following Math Lesson and Teachers Guide provide an illustration of how a specific math concept is used in the context of career application.

Program Administration Resources 


Metal Fabrication and Joining Technologies Massachusetts Career Outlook

Sheet Metal Workers


Annual Openings


Median Wage


New Jobs

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Braziers


Annual Openings


Median Wage


New Jobs

Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders


Annual Openings


Median Wage


New Jobs

Career and Technical Student Organization
State Teacher Licenses

Qualified teachers will have a Career Technical Teacher License in Metal Fabrication and Joining Technologies.

About this Framework
Approved as of January 31, 2024