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Welding Fabrication I: GMAW

ID : 17018   
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Prerequisite - Welding Fundamentals or previous welding experience is recommended.

Focuses on welding and fabrication skills used in building welded metal projects. Students will create a working drawing and bill of materials, factor in total costs and weight of their project, cut and tack-weld all components together, and make final welds to complete the job. Welding safety using various welding processes (GTAW, GMAW and SMAW) and safe shop practices will be discussed and demonstrated. The class will also have a team project utilizing the Ercolina Pipe Bending system where each team will build a section of handrail according to shop drawings. This project will include job planning, material cost estimation, pipe-bending, and team building skills. Training on all types of weld shop equipment will be included and students will create a small welded project to keep. (AWS GMAW certification)

Required for class:
  • Hard-soled, 8" lace up leather boots (steel-toe preferred but not required).
  • Leather Work Gloves
  • Clear Safety Glasses (ANZI Z87.1)
  • Hybrid Welding Jacket (Leather Sleeves and Fire Retardant Chest)
  • Heavy arc welding gloves and a pair of lighter, leather work gloves for oxy-acetylene and GTAW welding
  • Internet access and a working email address to complete online homework assignments

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Class Details

16 Sessions
Weekly - Wed, Thu

Mt. Crawford Welding Center

Andrew Folsom 



Please read:  I am enrolling in this class as part of the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program (WCG). As a condition to receiving a grant, I agree to the following terms and conditions as specified on this site: WCG Release Form.

Students are required to bring clear Safety Glasses (ANZI Z87.1) to each class starting day one. Students are always required to wear leather boots as well as bring leather work gloves, leather welding gloves, and a Hybrid Welding Jacket. Students must have access to internet and a computer/smartphone, all HW assignments are completed online.

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Registration Closes On
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 @ 12:00 AM

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Schedule Information

Skip dates: (No class on 11/23/2022, 11/24/2022, 12/21/2022, 12/22/2022, 12/28/2022, 12/29/2022)

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
11/9/2022 - 1/19/2023 Weekly - Wed, Thu 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM Mt Crawford, Mt. Crawford Welding Center  Map Andrew Folsom 

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