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Welding

Overview

The welding technology certificate program prepares the student for entry level employment as a structural welder. The program provides the essential skills and safety practices in arc welding procedures in both structural plate and pipe. Courses completed in this certificate program may be applied toward the welding technology associate of applied science degree.

The program includes hands-on application of Shielded Metal Arc Welding Certificate (SMAW), in all positions, using pipe, plate and structural shapes. The student is also exposed to basic metallurgy and inspection procedures. The academic requirements of the program provide the foundation for continued studies should the student desire to continue his or her education.

What Is SMAW Welding Process

When welding, you want to form a neat, clean weld. To make this process easier, it’s important to pick steel that will work well with SMAW welding techniques. Steel that conforms to AISI-SAE 1015 to 1025 requirements will work well, as this steel has silica content under 0.1% and sulfur content under 0.035%. Alloy steels with content above this range can have problems with cracking.

Once you’ve selected your steel, be sure to clean up the edges to get a neat weld. This means removing paint, rust, moisture, scale and oils. If you’re not able to clean the joint, use an E6010 or E6011 electrode with a slow travel speed to make sure the gasses bubble out before the puddle solidifies.

Learning Syllabus

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding Certificate (SMAW)

Entry Requirements

Open to all

Intake

March, July & October

Duration

3 Months