Joe Rosa
Contact Info
Phone - 885-4581 ex. 5790

Welding is a vital skill to the construction and maintenance of our infrastructure which at times is overlooked. It takes not only skill but knowledge of many core subject matter areas including science, math, and history. Welding can be an outstanding career path which if followed seriously will PAY off.
I have been involved in welding and/or metal shop for the past 17 years from being a welding student to selling welding products to teaching high school students how to weld. Not only do my courses cover welding but also incorporate metal working, machinery operation, cutting processes, manufacturing principles, and job skills.

This upcoming spring I will be offering a Small Engines class for the first time. This class will go through the basics and then some about the type of engines you find on lawn mowers as well as other common equipment. This class is an excellent way to get your feet wet prior to joining the ROP Automotive classes.
Another key aspect of our program is leadership through the Future Farmers of America (FFA). The FFA is the largest youth leadership program in the world and was vital in making me who I am today. The FFA is not all about plows and sows (pigs). It is about shaping and developing the future leaders of our society through a variety of opportunities including public speaking, resume building, job skills development, and many more. The only negative to the FFA is not getting involved in it and missing out.

If you want to get involved in our new club SkillsUSA keep an ear out for the monthly meetings as well. SkillsUSA is the Career Technical Education (CTE) equivalent to FFA. Similar but different at the same time. SkillsUSA provides another opportunity for students looking to excel outside of simply attending class.

Agricultural Mechanics & Small Engines

 FALL 2016  SPRING 2017 
 Block 1 Ag Mechanics 1  Ag Mechanics  2-4
 Block 2 Ag Mechanics 1  Small Engines
 Block 3 Ag Mechanics 2-4  Prep
 Block 4 Prep  Ag Mechanics 1


Syllabus - Ag Mechanics 1‎(updated Aug 2016)‎

Syllabus - Ag Mechanics 2 - 4 ‎(updated AUG 2016)‎


Projects - Gold Country and Placer County Fairs 2016
PHS Ag Mechanics took 70 projects to Gold Country Fair and 30 projects to Placer County Fair
Winning Best of Division and Best of Show at both in all divisions.

11 students entered their projects into the silent auction at Gold Country Fair and achieved income from the sale. Great job!

Certification 2015-16

Bryan Remington
Zach Meyer
Isaac Babowal

Congratulations to our certified welders!

SkillsUSA 2016-17

Placer Officer Team:
President - Amber Knisley
Vice President - Alan Schnepp
Secretary - Cheyenne Sanchez
Treasurer - Jessica Hobbs
Reporter - Blake Kozele
Parliamentarian - Seth Ferreira

Next Meeting:

November 2, 2016 at 3:15 in the Welding Shop

  • Currently we have our horseshoe art fundraiser sale with Snowmen $20 and Pumpkins $30 (call for availability)
  • We are currently applying to become a SkillsUSA Chapter of Excellence
  • Welding Team practice starts on Wednesday, October 26 at 3:00pm in the welding shop
  • Regional Competition is February 4, 2017 at Sacramento UTI 

FFA 2016-17

 Next Chapter meeting is October 24, 2016 at 6:30pm - Halloween Meeting

High School Diploma (Modesto High School)
Associate's Degree - Agricultural Business (Modesto Junior College)
Bachelor's Degree - Agricultural Science and Education (CSU Chico)
American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector
American Welding Society Certified Welding Educator
FFA American Degree
All Conference Academic Team - Baseball
Gold Star FFA Advisor Award
FFA Honorary Chapter Degree - Del Oro
Certified in multiple welding processes
Did you know?
If every single electrical system in the world crashed and we were left with no electricity...we could still weld.


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