Phone: 636-443-4979


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Mark Besselman


Mr. Besselman joined the Lewis & Clark staff in the 2018-2019 school year.  He is a proud graduate of the Welding program at Lewis & Clark as well as a graduate of St. Charles High School.  For the past twelve years, Mr. Besselman worked in the field as a welder, fabricator, and foreman at Craftsmen Industries in St. Charles.  

Mr. Besselman is married to Katie and they have two children, Hank and Rosemarie.  In their spare time they enjoy family camping trips.

“I enjoy the opportunity to train the next generation of welders and give my students the skills to have a great start in life.”


  • 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.
    AWS       skills