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Welding Course Overview Harley-Davidson

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What Kind of Future Are You Building?

Our Welding Technology program helps you train for a career as a welding technician in a variety of industries including construction, aerospace, transportation, manufacturing and fabrication.

Welding Courses

Introduction to Welding, Safety and Careers

In this course students will be introduced to the various types of welding methods and equipment used. Students will learn about personal protection and safety while operating welding equipment. Students will also be introduced to two different types of thermal cutting using both plasma and oxy/fuel equipment. Also covered will be the many careers and positions that a successful welder may pursue and how to obtain a weld certification in the industry.

Principles of Welding

In principles of welding students will be introduced to the different types of joints, positions and symbols used throughout welding technology. Students will learn about the properties of metal, their classification and how to use tools to prepare it for welding. Also covered will be inspection and defect testing of welds for the purposes of certification.

Gas Metal Arc Welding I (GMAW)

In gas metal arc welding, also referred to as “MIG welding” students will learn how to set up and use GMAW equipment and the accessories required to weld. Students will learn the modes of metal transfer and discover the different gases available to shield a weld. Students will then use a MIG welder to perform the basic positions of a lap, tee, butt and butt with backing weld to produce steel fillet and groove style joints in the flat and horizontal planes. Students will also learn basic maintenance of a GMAW style welder including gas hook up and wire spool replacement.

Shielded Metal Arc Welding I (SMAW)

In shielded metal arc welding (often referred to as “stick welding”), students will learn how to set up and use SMAW equipment and accessories required to weld. Students will learn the modes of metal transfer and discover the different electrodes/rods available to carry out specific weld types. Students will then use a SMAW welder to perform the basic positions of a lap, tee butt and butt with backing weld to produce steel fillet and groove style joints in the flat and horizontal planes.

Engineering and Fabrication

In this course the student will learn how to read blueprints and interpret the codes, standards, terms and definitions used in welding documentation. In addition, students will acquire the applied math, measurement and geometry skills needed for planning, preparation and fabrication of projects. Students will also be introduced to project planning, quality control and the use of design software to build projects.

Gas Metal Arc Welding II (GMAW)

The GMAW-2 course builds upon the knowledge and skills a student has previously learned, and in addition to the flat and horizontal planes will perform vertical and overhead welds to produce lap, tee, butt and butt with backing joints on both steel and aluminum. Additionally, students will learn how to correctly maintain a GMAW welder, change out whips/guns, set up different shielding gas and replace the rollers.

Shielded Metal Arc Welding II (SMAW)

In this course, students will bring the skills they have learned from stick welding in previous courses to perform horizontal, vertical and overhead welding operations on flat steel plate using fillet and groove style joints. Additionally, students will learn how to correctly maintain and service a SMAW welder, replace the electrode/stick holder and perform carbon arc gouging on steel plate.

Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)

In this course, students will bring the skills they have learned from stick welding in previous courses to perform horizontal, vertical and overhead welding operations on flat steel plate using fillet and groove style joints. Additionally, students will learn how to correctly maintain and service a SMAW welder, replace the electrode/stick holder and perform carbon arc gouging on steel plate.

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)

This course will introduce the student to gas tungsten arc welding, its characteristics and safety. Using the information they have learned in previous courses, students will develop the skills necessary to make gas tungsten arc welds on different metals, using both direct and alternating current methods.

Pipe Welding

The pipe welding course will introduce students to the different methods of welding pipe and tube using multiple types of metal transfer. Students will learn the welding positions used, from horizontal rolling to stationary or vertical, along with how to use the correct tools and equipment for cutting and beveling of joints during assembly.

Welding Applications I (GMAW & FCAW)

Welding Applications I is designed to allow a student to build specific projects using the skills they have learned throughout the program. Students will use their previously learned blueprinting and project planning skills along with both GMAW and FCAW metal transfer equipment to fabricate specific projects. During this course the student will be able to demonstrate their ability to perform multiple weld types in all positions.

Welding Applications II (SMAW & GTAW)

Welding Applications II is designed to allow a student to build specific projects using the skills they have learned throughout the program. Students will use their previously learned blueprinting and project planning skills along with both SMAW and GTAW metal transfer equipment to fabricate specific projects. During this course the student will be able to demonstrate their ability to perform multiple weld types in all positions.

"With the critical shortage of welders today, we accelerated our efforts to provide educators at every level with skills and knowledge that employers demand."

- Jason Scales | Manager, Educational Services at Lincoln Electric

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