Lewis & Clark Career Center

Leading Through Innovation

Mr. Rick Massey

Phone: 636-443-4979


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Mr. Rick Massey


Born and raised in the east metro area of Illinois, Mr. Massey honed his skills as a professional welder and fabricator at Nooter Boiler Company in downtown St. Louis for 21 years.  Mr. Massey has been teaching at Lewis & Clark for more than twenty years and his former students are employed all over St. Charles County and the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.  Mr. Massey also teaches for State Technical College of Missouri and is called upon by many eastern Missouri manufacturing businesses to re-certify their welders.  

In his spare time, Mr. Massey enjoys riding his Harley with his son and taking his Jeep off-roading.  In the summer he enjoys taking his toys to Colorado and points west. He has two children and five grandchildren.

“The Lewis & Clark staff is like family to me.  We are a small staff in a small school, and I enjoy getting to know my new students each year.”


2 year program; 3 units of credit per year
Prerequisite: Asthma Free 
Combination Welding is open to students interested in welding and metal working as an occupation.  Students are instructed in shop safety and proper procedure for each welding process.  Oxy fuel cutting, arc, mig and tig welding, plasma cutting, and air arc cutting processes are taught in all four weld positions and on the five basic weld joints.  Metallurgy, blueprint reading, reading a tape measure, metal fabricating techniques and weld symbols are included in the program. 
The lab is set up to simulate the welding industry.  Students are evaluated by written tests and by testing their welds as specified by the American Welding Society code.
Students interested in a career in welding should have good eye/hand coordination, mechanical aptitude, manual dexterity, freedom from asthma and allergies, and no physical disabilities which prevent bending, stooping, lifting, or working in awkward positions.
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