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Safety in Welding

Levels 1, 2, and 3 – This program covers safety issues related to the welding and cutting of metal. Students learn the types and uses of personal protection equipment (PPE) and the techniques for handling and storing fuel and other gas cylinders. Students learn the safety and fire risks associated with electrical equipment and learn basic first-aid procedures. They also train on handling fire extinguishers.


Principles of Welding

Levels 1 and 2 – This program teaches basic welding principles, terms and processes. Students learn the metallurgy and preparation of materials for welding. They discover the importance of workpiece and body position during welding and learn to spot weld defects by visual and other means.

Level 3 – This advanced program teaches students about welding as a commercial metal-joining process. They learn the operation of welding power supplies, how an electric arc generates heat for welding, welding polarities and the use of shielding gases.


Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Lessons

Level 1 – Students learn the equipment and shielding gases needed in the GMAW process. The program features the selection and use of the proper electrodes for different GMAW applications, as well as the AWS electrode classification system. Students also learn the use of personal protection equipment (PPE) and safety in the workplace.

Level 2 – This program offers students a detailed examination of the GMAW process and its variables. Students inspect and repair equipment and connections and learn how to change the wire/electrode. The program includes waveform identification and control.

Level 3 – This program is an advanced exploration of the GMAW process. In addition to studying the equipment and shielding gases, students expand their GMAW experience to include aluminum and stainless steels. The types of stainless steel are taught, as well as the different modes of transfer on aluminum and the metal’s thermal properties.


Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Welds

Level 1 — Welds up to 3F on Mild Steel

Level 2 — Welds up to 3G on Mild Steel, Aluminum and Stainless Steel

Level 3 — Welds up to 4G on Mild Steel, Aluminum and Stainless Steel

 


Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Lessons

Levels 1 and 2 – This program covers SMAW power supplies and the different polarities used. Students learn the AWS classification of electrodes and the function of each as well as SMAW techniques. Students prepare a work area for welding, and perform the fit-up and tacking procedures.

Level 3 – This program teaches the advanced use of SMAW. The main elements present in electrodes 6010, 7018 and Excalibur® 308 are listed and the function of each is explained. Students learn to visually identify weld discontinuities and defects. This program includes the welding of pipe.


Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Welds

Level 1 — Welds up to 3F on Mild Steel

Level 2 — Welds up to 3G on Mild Steel

Level 3 — Welds up to 4G on Mild Steel including Pipe


Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) Lessons

Level 2 – This is an intermediate study of the FCAW process, equipment and consumables. Students see how FCAW electrodes differ from those used in other processes. Important topics include electrode characteristics and classifications, the importance of arc length and safety. Students learn to identify weld defects and their causes.

Level 3 – This advanced program covers electrode characteristics and classifications. Students perform welds by the FCAW method and learn the effects of gravity, polarities and arc length on them. Safe equipment set-up and operation is stressed. Students learn the use of FCAW to weld pipe.


Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) Welds

Level 2 – Welds up to 3G on Mild Steel, Aluminum and Stainless Steel

Level 3 – Welds up to 4G on Mild Steel, Aluminum and Stainless Steel

 

 


Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (FCAW) Lessons

Levels 2 and 3 – Students learn how and when the GTAW process is used, as well as process equipment and consumables. Given the composition of a base metal (such as carbon steel, stainless steel or aluminum), students see how to adjust circuit polarity and other process variables. The selection of GTAW consumables and electrodes is an important part of the program.


Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (FCAW) Welds

Level 2 — Welds up to 3G on Mild Steel, Aluminum and Stainless Steel

Level 3 — Welds up to 4G on Mild Steel, Aluminum and Stainless Steel

 


Thermal Cutting

Levels 1, 2, and 3 – This program describes the two basic thermal cutting processes: Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC) and Oxyfuel Cutting. Students will learn how to safely operate a PAC power source and make a cut. In oxyfuel cutting, students learn the use of fuel gases, how to set up an oxyfuel cutting operation and the safe handling and storage of combustible-gas cylinders.

 


Robotics 1

Level 2 – This program combines the principles of arc welding with robotics. Students learn to safely power-up, program and execute automated welding programs through lessons that incorporate lab activities. The creation and refining of robotic programs is a key topic, and students will program a robot to weld in square and circular paths.

Level 3 – This is an advanced look at automated welding. Students learn to safely power-up, program and execute advanced automated projects. Advanced V-bead and weave bead applications are taught in detail and students learn to edit their robot welding programs. Lab activities are included within the lessons.


CNC Plasma Cutting

Level 2 – In this program, students learn the basics of Cartesian Coordinates and how this computer-controlled process operates within them. An important aspect of the program is the introduction to tool paths and the importing of G-code files into the Torchmate Driver Software Interface. Students learn to program and execute a CNCPAC project.

Level 3 – This program covers the advanced aspects of CNCPAC. Students use Torchmate CAD software to import images and learn the functions of the software. The program trains students to import files from AutoCADTM into Torchmate CAD for further processing.


Manufacturing and Engineering

Levels 2 and 3 – Students evaluate welds by visual inspection and learn about destructive and nondestructive testing techniques. They work with welding codes and learn their selection, use and documentation. Welding students learn how to test and qualify for specific welding procedures.

 


Fabrication Lessons

Level 1 – This program teaches students to read and create fabrication plans, drawings, cut lists and bills of material. These tools are ultimately used to estimate project costs. Students are also introduced to basic strength of materials concepts.

Levels 2 and 3 – This program offers a detailed instruction on fabrication concepts. Students learn the principles of project design for basic structures. Strength and physical material properties are used to teach students the basics of material selection.


Math in Welding

Levels 2 and 3 – This program teaches the basic math skills required in a welding and cutting operation. Students learn how to work with fractions and convert them to decimals, as well as the conversion of units. Geometric concepts and the calculation of the areas, perimeters and volumes of different shapes are covered. Students learn the conversion of volumes to equivalent weights.


Careers in Welding

Levels 1, 2, and 3 – This program communicates the practical aspects of welding as a career and the role of welding in the economy. Students learn what it takes to become a Certified Welder or a Certified Welding Inspector and the benefits and costs of choosing those careers. Students are introduced to welding instruction as a career and are coached on how to effectively interview for welding positions.