Welding Schools?

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  1. Impex

    Impex 1/2 ton status

    Feb 17, 2000
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    Chandler, AZ
    Im taking a class this spring at Mesa Community College (MCC) Weld-102 , skipped taking 101 cause it sorta looked like it was more of a text book class then hands on but then i 102 sorta seems like its a Artistic class? am i just wasting my time with these classes you think? i want to get really good at welding and maybe take this as a carrer path??? /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif

    Here is the outline of each class starting with 101, just want your guys opinions

    WLD101 19956-99999 L+L 3 Credit(s) 6 Period(s)
    Welding I
    Principles and techniques of electric arc and oxyacetylene welding and cutting. Provides technical theory and basic skill training in these welding processes. Prerequisites: None.

    MCCCD Official Course Competencies:

    WLD101 19956-99999 Welding I
    1. List procedures for clean up and securing the shop. (I)
    2. Use proper eye protection and clothing. (II)
    3. Use shop equipment safely. (III)
    4. Translate information from blueprints into practical use. (IV)
    5. Operate the resistance welder safely. (V)
    6. Describe the methods of welding aluminum and stainless steel. (V)
    7. Operate the oxyacetylene welder safely. (VI)
    8. Set up and secure an oxyacetylene welder properly. (VI)
    9. Cut and braze with an oxyacetylene welder. (VI)
    10. Use common filler metals in welding. (VI)
    11. Operate an arc welder in the A.C. and D.C. modes. (VII)
    12. Identify the commonly used electrodes and describe their use. (VII)
    13. Weld aluminum and cast iron. (VII)
    14. Weld in the common positions used in industry. (VII)
    15. Write a resume, complete an application form, and participate in a job interview. (VIII)

    MCCCD Official Course Outline:

    WLD101 19956-99999 Welding I

    I. Introduction
    A. Functions of machines covered in course
    B. Clean up procedures and securing the shop
    II. Safety
    A. Proper eye protection
    B. Protective clothing
    C. General shop safety test
    III. Operation and care of equipment
    A. Hand and pedestal grinders
    B. Hand and drill press
    C. Abrasive cutoff saws
    D. Specialty machines
    1. Tubing Bender
    2. Metal Muncher
    IV. Translation of information from blueprints
    A. Alphabet of lines
    B. Symbols used in welding blueprints
    C. Basic positions of welding
    D. Common properties of basic metals used in the industry
    E. Designing a project with drawings
    V. Resistance welder
    A. Safety and use
    B. Methods of welding aluminum and stainless steel
    VI. Oxyacetylene welder
    A. Safety and use
    B. Proper procedures for set-up and securing welder
    C. Cutting
    D. Brazing
    E. Use of common filler metals
    VII. Arc welder in A.C. and D.C. modes
    A. Safety and use
    B. Commonly used electrodes and their use
    C. Welding of aluminum and cast iron
    D. Common welding positions used in industry
    VIII. Career opportunities
    A. Welding certification
    B. Resumes
    C. Application forms
    D. Interviewing for a job


    WLD102 19946-99999 L+L 3 Credit(s) 6 Period(s)
    Basic Welding Metal Sculpture
    Practical training for welders in artistic welding and metal sculpter with emphasis on oxy-ace welding, arc welding, and metal inert gas (MIG) welding. Prerequisites: None.

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    MCCCD Official Course Competencies:

    WLD102 19946-99999 Basic Welding Metal Sculpture
    1. Explain safety procedures to follow when working with explosive and combustible substances. (I)
    2. Explain and practice safe methods of storing and using acetylene and oxygen cylinders. (II)
    3. Identify the functions, distinguishing characteristics, and uses of fittings, hoses, torches, and tips. (III)
    4. Adjust the torch flame for various welding effects. (IV)
    5. Explain basic points of welding, such as angle of torch and rod, speed of travel, volume of heat, and distance of cone from puddle. (V)
    6. Describe various types of joints, and explain the uses of each type. (VI)
    7. Explain and practice the process of brazing. (VII)
    8. Define basic principles of arc welding, and explain the types of beads, electrodes, metal preparation, and welding techniques used in arc welding. (VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII)
    9. Identify and explain the function of equipment used in MIG welding. (XIV)
    10. List and explain the steps involved in the process of MIG welding. (XV)
    11. Identify the properties and uses of various metals used in MIG welding. (XVI)
    12. Lay out patterns and designs for welded sculpture. (XVII)
    13. Fabricate and critique original welded sculpture. (XVIII)

    MCCCD Official Course Outline:

    WLD102 19946-99999 Basic Welding Metal Sculpture

    I. Oxy-Ace Welding Safety
    A. Clothing
    1. Gloves
    2. Goggles
    3. Boots
    4. Long sleeved shirt
    5. Cotton -no nylon
    B. Acetylene
    1. Man-made
    2. Explosive
    3. Low ignition
    4. Toxic
    5. Unstable
    C. Oxygen
    1. High pressure
    2. Odorless
    3. Supports combustion
    4. Extracted from air
    II. Cylinders (Oxy-Ace)
    A. Storage
    1. Oxygen separate from acetylene
    2. Protective caps
    3. Out of direct rays of sun
    4. Upright position
    B. Usage (Oxy-Ace)
    1. Support in upright position
    2. Acetylene valve open one and one-half turns maximum
    3. Oxygen valve open all the way
    4. Keep away from sparks
    5. Keep reasonable distance from heat
    6. Keep away from flammable materials
    III. Regulators, Hoses, Torches, and Tips (Oxy-Ace)
    A. Fittings
    1. Brass
    2. Acetylene-left hand
    3. Oxygen-right hand
    4. Use NO oil
    B. Hoses
    1. Acetylene-red
    2. Oxygen-green
    3. Do not use excessive length
    C. Torches
    1. Injector type
    2. Equal pressure type
    D. Tips
    1. Soft copper
    2. Cleaning-tip cleaner
    3. Seating in torch body
    4. Storage when not in use
    IV. Flame (Oxy-Ace)
    A. Adjustments
    1. Carbonizing
    2. Neutral
    3. Oxidizing
    4. Temperature
    V. Welding Fundamentals (Oxy-Ace)
    A. Key points
    1. Angle of torch and rod
    2. Speed of travel
    3. Volume of heat
    4. Distance of cone from puddle
    VI. Joint Types (Oxy-Ace)
    A. Corner joint
    B. Lap joint
    C. "T" or fillet joint
    D. Butt joint
    E. Edge joint
    1. Forehand
    2. Backhand
    VII. Brazing (Oxy-Ace)
    A. Cleaning
    1. Mechanical
    2. Chemical
    B. Joint Design
    1. Bevels
    2. Root spacing
    3. Overlaps
    4. Clearance
    VIII. Arc Welding (ARC)
    A. Trapping
    B. Strike
    IX. Four Key Points (Arc)
    A. Arc length
    B. Speed of travel
    C. Volume of heat
    D. Angle of rod
    X. Beads (Arc)
    A. Stringer
    B. Weave
    C. Whipping
    XI. Electrodes (Arc)
    A. Classification
    B. Heat range
    C. Coating types
    D. Diameter
    E. Storage
    F. Positions
    XII. Metal Preparation (Arc)
    A. Size and shape
    B. Types of joints
    C. Set-up
    D. Edge preparations
    E. Metal thickness
    XIII. Welding Techniques (Arc)
    A. Whipping (root pass)
    B. Oscillation
    C. Direction of weld
    XIV. MIG Welding Equipment (MIG)
    A. DC Generator
    B. Transformer rectifier
    C. Wire feeder
    D. Wire feed gun
    E. Spooled wire
    F. Electrical system
    G. Shielding gas system
    H. Possible water system
    XV. Procedures (MIG)
    A. Joint design
    B. Cleaning
    C. Wire diameter
    D. Voltage
    E. Wire speed-amperage
    F. Welding techniques
    G. Gas flow rate-CFH
    H. Nozzle size
    I. Drive roll pressure
    XVI. Metals (MIG)
    A. Aluminum
    B. Stainless steel
    C. Carbon steels
    XVII. Layout
    A. Patterns
    B. Scratches
    C. Designs
    XVIII. Application
    A. Fabrication
    B. Critique
  2. az-k5

    az-k5 1/2 ton status

    Oct 15, 2003
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    Phoenix AZ
    Funny, you were blue last night. (congrats on orange)
    Well I consider myself a novice welder (most positions and a basic understanding of metals) I am self taught however. GCC offers the same classes and I have looked into them. Basically they teach the very basics. If you want you can spend a weekend at my house and learn most of the same stuff. If you are looking into becoming a pofessional weldor Maricopa Skills Center is worth looking into. If you just need to advance a hobby there are plenty of guys (those of us with the title of bootie fabbers) in AZ that can help.
  3. marv_springer

    marv_springer 1/2 ton status

    Aug 3, 2001
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    Mesa, Arizona

    I agree w/ what Matt says....

    If you're looking into a career in welding - the certification and classes will really help.

    But if you just wanna make stuff..... PRACTICE is the key.... I know that I was a much better welder toward the end of my "frame building" time period than I was at the beginning....

    Oh... and if you do go "self taught", try "breaking yourself in" w/ an arc welder and then using a mig after that - cuz everything will be 2x as easy w/ the mig.

  4. Hossbaby50

    Hossbaby50 3/4 ton status

    Sep 1, 2001
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    Peoria, AZ
    I am actually enrolled in the same class this semester at GCC. I am taking the 101. The class at GCC is actually threw PV High school though. That is were the class is.

    The class threw Phoenix College is actually taught at the Maircopa Skills center.

    I think I am going to take both classes and try and get certified just for shits and grins.

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