Phone: 803-821-3058


Degrees and Certifications:

NCCER certified instructor AWS

Ashley Black

My name is Ashley Black and I have been teaching for 11 years. I started my welding career right here at Lexington Technology Center in 1989. I graduated with honors from the Lexington Technology Center Welding program in 1992. I worked in the field of welding for 12 years. I began my teaching career at Heyward Career Center. After 3 years at Heyward I was able to come back to Lexington Technology Center to continue my teaching career. 

Phone: 803-821-3051


Degrees and Certifications:

Master’s Level Certification, Welding

Kevin Gratton

I have taught Welding for the past thirty years. I taught in Fairfield County Schools for twenty‐six years and I am in my seventh year of teaching Welding at Lexington Technology Center. I worked in manufacturing as well as the construction industry before and during my teaching career. I was previously employed in the Welding Industry utilizing the four major processes, SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, and FCAW. I have taught Welding and Pre‐Employment courses for Midlands Technical College and Welding courses for South Carolina Electric and Gas and Duke Energy. I am also currently teaching for the State Department of Education in the DIRECT Program. This is part of the certification program for all new Career & Technology Education (CATE) teachers. I serve as Second Vice Chairman of the American Welding Society, Columbia Section.

  • Courses


    Welding Technology 1 (LTC) 634000CD
    Grades 10, 11, 12 2 units
    This course focuses on the physical properties of metals as well as the testing of welded joints. Students learn oxy fuel and plasma cutting. They also study welding techniques (shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, gas tungsten arc and flux core arc). Students study safety issues, read blueprints and design projects.

    Welding Technology 2 (LTC) 634100CD
    Grades 12, 11 2 units
    Prerequisite: Welding Technology 1
    Industry Credential Alignment: American Welding Society (AWS)
    Welding 2 concentrates on the study of advanced cutting and welding techniques. Students fabricate projects from blueprints and design projects. Students may be eligible to participate in cooperative work experiences or apprenticeships, which combine career and technology training with supervised work experience in business and industry.

    Welding Technology 3 (LTC) 634200CD
    Grade 12 2 units
    Prerequisite: Welding 2
    Industry Credential Alignment: Microburst Learning Employability Soft Skills
    Welding Technology 3 students continue to study advanced welding processes. Students weld in all positions using SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, and FCAW. Students weld on carbon steel, stainless, and aluminum. Students learn destructive testing methods as well as visual testing methods. Students in this class learn how to obtain welding certifications in the (3G) and (4G) positions. Students practice advanced cutting skills using Oxy-Fuel and Plasma cutting torches. Students fabricate projects from blueprints and weld them with multiple welding processes. Students can exempt up to nine (9) credit hours at Midlands Technical College upon successful completion of Welding 3 with approval from instructors.

Last Modified on November 13, 2021