Power Mechanics/Welding

Mechanics component: Students will learn how to identify and properly use hand tools, power tools, and shop equipment. Students will disassemble, clean, identify, reassemble, and operate a single cylinder Briggs & Stratton lawnmower engine. As student progress in the program they will acquire entry-level employability skill while working on compact equipment and interacting with customers. Welding component: Students will learn how to identify and properly use hand tools, power tools, and general welding shop equipment, how to set up and operate SMAW welding equipment, select electrodes, and weld in various positions. They will learn how to weld a pad of beads, fillet welds, and groove welds in various positions leading to an AWS welding certification. Returning Students: Students returning for a second year will be able to continue learning at a more advanced level in both the mechanics and welding sides of the program. Additional certification opportunities are available to enhance their Stafford portfolio. Curriculum and lab exercise are more intense preparing students for the workforce. Work study experiences may be available.

What We Do

Students learn to repair and operate everything from lawnmowers, motorcycles, four wheelers & ATVs. Welding is a required component of the program with American Welding Society Structural Certification available.

Program Instructor

Tony Bosnich

Tony Bosnich joined Stafford’s Power Mechanics/Welding Program as an instructor in the fall of 2013.  Originally from Northern California, his early experience as a welder began with his 4 year enlistment in the United States Navy.  After that he was employed for 7 years as a Journeyman/Welder with GKN Aerospace/Chem-tronics in San Diego, CA.   Just before coming to Stafford, Tony spent 6 years at Northland Job Corps in Vergennes, VT. as a welding instructor.  He is AWS/CWE Certified, and also teaches welding in Stafford’s Adult and Continuing Education Division.
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Jim Patry

Jim Patry has been a Paraeducator at Stafford since 1995. He has primarily worked assisting in the Power Mechanics/Welding Program. He also instructs the Adult ED Small Engine class and he is one of the three Commercial Drivers License instructors in the STC/CDL program.  Jim has had an eclectic job collection over the years.  He has owned his own businesses and has worked in law enforcement.
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Dillon Kennedy, Class of 2014

I came to Stafford because I was looking for a hands on education. It’s nice to be moving around all day instead of being stuck at a desk. If you’re thinking about Stafford go for it. I am currently a student at Eastern Maine Community College Welding program.


Program Advisory Committee

Ryker CongdonMaine Oxy
Brian GoodroMountain View Equipment
Pete Essenlinger Pro Cycle
Tim TraverseHubbardton Forge
Brian DellamaturraHuan Welding Supply
Pete TobinGarland’s Agway
Ed KeithPittsford Small Engine Repair
Jim BlanchardNorthlands Job Corps

Dual Enrollment/College Credits

Articulation agreement with SUNY Dehli


First Year: American Welding Society Certification (AWS) SMAW Limited Thickness welding qualification in 1G, 2G, 3G, or 4G positions on 3/8” plate, Intro. to: AWS S.E.N.S.E. program level 1, “Entry Welder” Testing, American Heart Association HeartSaver® First Aid/CPR with AED
Second year: AWS SMAW/FCAW Unlimited Thickness welding qualification in 1G, 2G, 3G, or 4G positions on 1” plate, OSHA 10 hour Construction Certification, Completion of: AWS S.E.N.S.E. program level 1, “Entry Welder” Testing.


Average Career Salaries

JobsAverage Salary
Metal Fabrication$35,848
Structural Welding$42,900
Pipe Welder$50,135
Equipment Operator$39,056
Large Equipment Repair$46,585

*Average Salaries for Vermont taken from Zip Recruiter (ziprecruiter.com) in October 2020.


Requirements For This Program

Recommended Prerequisites: add, subtract, multiply, divide whole numbers, fractions, and decimals; basic customary and metric measuring skills; ability to perform physical labor on the job site and in classroom; competency with fine and gross motor skills; ability to read and comprehend course materials
Reading Level of course materials: Grade 13-14
Scales for standards assessed in this program