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Welding Technology

Our hands-on welding technology course is designed to instruct and give practice time with GMAW, GTAW, and SMAW. Students will have hands-on training in the welding booths and access to a variety of other metal shop equipment. We expose students to different materials and scenarios, preparing them for a position as an entry-level technician. In addition to 72 hours of machine time, students will learn:

  • Knowledge of process and procedures
  • Welding safety and personal protective equipment
  • Equipment setup, maintenance, and basic troubleshooting
  • Blueprint interpretation and symbol reading
  • Metal/gas selection and preparation
  • Plasma metal cutting techniques
  • Welding techniques and identify welding defects

MIG Welding - GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding)

GMAW, commonly known as MIG welding, is an extremely versatile process for joining metal.  Students will have hands-on practice with Miller MIG welding machines. 

Classroom learning and shop training on technical topics of GMAW include:

  • Metal preparation, torch manipulation, welding technique, and shielding gases
  • Weld positions: welding steel in flat, horizontal, vertical
  • Weld joints: Proper techniques for welding "tee,” “lap," "corner," "butt," and "edge"
  • Identifying welding distortion, defects, causes, and cures
  • Choosing proper filler metal alloy and size for the job
  • Techniques for MIG welding thin sheet metal
  • Plasma cutting equipment and proper cutting techniques
  • Abrasives and metal finishing applications: products and safety

TIG Welding - GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding)

Classroom learning and shop training on technical topics of GTAW include:

  • Proper tungsten selection, preparation, and sizes
  • Learn identification and safety procedures for shielding gases
  • Safe handling and set up of gas regulators and cylinders
  • Learn how to strike and maintain an arc that results in a correctly sized and placed weld bead
  • Metal preparation, torch manipulation, welding technique, shielding gases, Tungsten selection, and sharpening
  • Weld positions: F1, F2, and welding steel in flat, horizontal, and vertical
  • Weld positions: G1,G2, and material and rod selection
  • Weld joints: proper techniques for welding "tee,” “lap," "corner," "butt," and "edge"
  • Identifying welding distortion, defects, causes, and cures
  • Plasma cutting equipment and proper cutting techniques
  • Abrasives and metal finishing applications: products and safety

Stick Welding SMAW (Shield Metal Arc Welding)

Classroom learning and shop training on technical topics of SMAW include:

  • Electrode selection
  • Learn proper technique
  • Identifying welding distortion, defects, causes, and cures
  • Weld positions: welding steel in flat, horizontal, and vertical

Eligibility Requirements

Our Welding Technology Class is open to adults over the age of 18 who have demonstrated a proficiency in the English language. All students must register through our website and make a payment (online or in-person) or make an arrangement for a third party payment. 

For additional important in class requirements, please read Materials for Welding Students.