The path to a welding career starts with the Fundamentals of Welding class, where you will learn the basics of the major welding processes. After fundamentals, you may chose an intermediate class in either Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Stick), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG) or Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG). Each of these classes works toward plate certification to a common welding code. Upon completion of an intermediate class, you may choose to proceed to pipe welding with the advanced class in the same welding process.
Fundamentals of Welding (36 hours)
This course provides the foundation on which all of our courses are built. Students learn equipment set-up, basic techniques and safety for oxy-fuel welding and cutting; as well as Stick, TIG and MIG welding. In addition, we discuss basic metallurgy, welding codes, welding inspection and welding symbols.
Intermediate Stick Welding (54 hours)
This course provides specific instruction in the Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW) welding process. Students learn how to perform fillet and groove welds on carbon steel using E6010 and E7018 electrodes in all positions. Student practice is geared toward structural welding code vertical and overhead tests. Passing these tests provides an all position, limited thickness, AWS D1.1 welder certification.
Intermediate TIG Welding (48 hours)
This course provides specific instruction in the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) process. Students will learn how to perform flat, horizontal, and vertical fillet and flat groove welds on carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Student practice is geared toward thin material applications. Included are certification tests to AWS D17.1 Aerospace Code for Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel and Aluminum.
Intermediate MIG Welding (42 hours)
This course provides specific instruction in the Gas Metal Arc (GMAW) and Flux-Cored Arc (FCAW) welding processes. Students will learn how to perform fillet and groove welds in all positions. Student practice is geared toward sheet metal and structural steel welding code vertical and overhead tests. Passing the certification test provides an all-position, limited thickness, AWS D1.1 welder certification in FCAW and vertical D1.3 structural sheet metal code certification in GMAW.
Advanced Welding (48 hours)
This course provides additional instruction to graduates of our Fundamentals and any one Intermediate Welding program or previously certified all position plate welders. This course is geared toward open root pipe welding in all positions, and includes a 6G position ASME Pressure Vessel Code test. Advanced classes are available for Stick, MIG or TIG welding.
Welding Basics (4 Hours)
Ever wanted to add that shiny new trinket to your chopper or weld that broken bracket back on your tractor? Maybe you work with welders and want to understand a little about what they do? This class is designed for you. This course will provide the basic knowledge and skills to MIG, TIG, and Stick weld.
Welding Symbols (12 Hours)
This course is designed to provide necessary knowledge and skills to interpret welding symbols. Students will acquire an understanding of weld symbols, their use, and purpose, in accordance with American Welding Society A2.4- Standard Symbols for Welding, Brazing, and Non-Destructive Examination.
Visual Weld Inspection (6 Hours)
This course teaches overall welding inspection topics with special emphasis on AWS D1.1 and ASME B31.1/B31.9. The course provides the student with the basic knowledge needed to understand visual examination techniques, terminology, and gauges as they are used according to specific codes and standards. Students will discuss terms & definitions of weld examination, learn to interpret discontinuities and determine if they are rejectable defects according to applicable codes and perform visual inspection of welds utilizing gages & tools.