Introduction to Welding
Learn welding processes such as Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW-MIG), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW-Stick), Flux-core Arc Welding (FCAW), High Frequency Pulsed Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW-P), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW-TIG), Oxyacetylene Cutting (OFC), Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC). You will learn about shop safety, what Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required in a shop, weld symbols, different kinds of weld joints and grooves, and different gasses used in each process. You will also learn how to read a basic blueprint, what weld discontinuities are and the difference between constant current and constant voltage. You will also learn how to properly remove and transport gas bottles.
Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) MIG
Students will use GMAW (short arc) GMAW-P (pulse). You will learn how to apply each process and learn what application it can be used for. You will also learn puddle control, angles and possible discontinuities that are associated with these processes and cures. You will also learn how to properly adjust settings to dial the machine in for work that you are doing. You will also learn how to weld butt, lap, and t-joints in 1f and 2f positions. You will also learn about types of grooves and their positions. At the course’s end we will also learn about the fillet weld break test and the macro etch.
Shielded Metal Arc and Flux Shielded Arc Welding (SMAW/FSAW) Stick
Review welder safety, learn shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and flux shielded arc welding (informally known as stick welding -- a manual arc welding process that uses a consumable electrode covered with a flux to lay the weld). Students will expand on techniques such as vertical up and down using rods 6013.6010.7014, 7018 and 7024. We will also incorporate FCAW-S – Flux Core arc welding. FCAW is a semiautomatic process that uses a tubular electrode containing a flux that protects the weld puddle as well as gas shielding. You will learn to apply it in flat, vertical and overhead positions. We will use lap joints, t-joints and groove plate in either 1g or 3g positions, with bend test at the end. We will also discuss discontinuities associated with these processes, cures and wire designation. You will also learn to properly adjust your machine settings and how to properly grind your test samples to get them ready for bends.
Tungsten Inert Gas Welding (GTAW) TIG
Learn to weld carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum in flat, vertical and horizontal positions using gas tungsten arc welding process. You will learn about alternating current and direct current. Students will learn the proper operation and set-up of machines and differences between water-cooled torch and air-cooled torch. You will learn about different tungsten electrodes that can be used and what applications they’re good for. You will also learn the proper way to sharpen your tungsten and different end preparations, and what gas will be used during the process. You will also learn what filler rods are associated with parent metals you are welding and how to properly clean your material. We will discuss discontinuities and cures. You will learn how to weld butt, lap, tee and corner joints.
OSHA 10 Certification
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration )10-hour training will help educate workers to predict, prevent, identify and stop possible common worksite hazards, and is required for many industry careers.
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