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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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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1) UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
2) For important information about the educational debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program, and to review the applicable Gainful Employment disclosure, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures.
5) UTI programs prepare graduates for careers in industries using the provided training, primarily as automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. Some UTI graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than as a technician, such as: parts associate, service writer, fabricator, paint and paint prep, and shop owner/operator. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
13) Based on data compiled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections (2016-2026), www.bls.gov, viewed October 24, 2017. The projected number of annual job openings, by job classification is: Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers, 45,820. Job openings include openings due to growth and net replacements.
26) Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 wage data for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers. UTI graduates are prepared for entry-level positions using the provided training. Median and 90th percentile figures are provided for illustrative purposes only to show a possible career progression. Results may vary. The average entry-level salary in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is $35,620 (Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development Website viewed Oct 2019). The most recent U.S. Department of Labor estimate, published May 2018, for the hourly earnings in North Carolina of the middle 50% of skilled welders is $19.04. The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish entry-level salary data, however the 25th percentile is $16.05. UTI cannot guarantee employment or salary.