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Ag Mechanics

The project is starting with an emphasis on welding and smithing, it will expand as the project area grows. This project allows youth to explore areas of Ag mechanics and metallurgy from repairing or repurposing items to the fabrication of new items. The intent is for this program start with foundational areas, some of which youth may already have, and allow them to continue to build on this knowledge becoming more experienced. In the project, you'll identify welding equipment, learn about electrodes, learn basic arc welding skills, and demonstrate appropriate welding skills.

Things to Learn/Do in the Project
  • Learn how to build, modify or repair steel-based projects
  • Topics include safety, selection of equipment and materials and fabricating techniques with shielded metal arc welding

Level 1 - Introductory - (about 1 - 3 years of experience) 

This level is designed for youth with little to no exposure in the project area so that they can gain an understanding of basic principles and methods in the given area.

Level 2 – Experienced - (about 4 - 6 years of experience) 

This level is designed for youth some experience in the project area allowing them to expand on common principles and methods in the given area.

Level 3 - Advanced - (about 7 - 9 years of experience) 

This level is designed for youth with vast experience in the project area allowing them to master common principles and methods and expand on advanced techniques in the given area.

Level 4 - Master - (10 or more years of experience) 

This level is designed for youth substantial experience in the project area allowing them to master advanced techniques in the given area.

Project Materials

Arcs and Sparks: Shielded Metal Arc Welding

ARC Welding Reference Guide

ARC Welding Activity Guide

Gas Welding Leader Guide

Gas Welding Member Guide

Gas Welding Activity Guide