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Continuing Education

Machining & Welding Courses

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Fundamentals of Fabrication

Learn how to measure and verify dimensions of machined components and welded assemblies, using a machinist's scale, tape measure, dial caliper, micrometer and other instruments. You’ll also be introduced to the many views conveyed on scale drawings and prints, including cross-sections and details. We’ll cover terminology and symbols used to designate and direct the fabrication of welded assemblies; how precise welded and machined assemblies are made possible by the proper use of in-process hold points; and inspections during the fabrication process. You’ll learn about the use and fabrication of fixtures (with plenty of examples for a hands-on experience), and discuss machine operations in relation to vertical milling, drilling, and sawing, as well as turning operations in a standard engine lathe.  Other topics include mechanical aptitude, manual dexterity, problem solving, trouble shooting, focus, and attention to detail.  This course is a pre-requisite for Introduction to Machine Practices.

Introduction to Machine Tool Practices

Learn the fundamentals of manual machine practices for both the lathe and milling machine.  Topics include: machine tool safety, proper set-up practices, how to dial-in and out of round shaft in a lathe chuck, turning and milling speeds and feed rates.  You’ll work side-by-side with your instructor to complete machining projects on new ProtoTrak machines. Pre-requisite: Fundamentals of Fabrication OR interview with instructor.


Basic Welding

In this introduction to welding fundamentals, you’ll learn the four basic welding processes most commonly used in industrial fabrication. Learn and practice: Oxy-Fuel welding, Brazing and Cutting, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, and Gas Metal Arc Welding (including Flux-core and Pulsed GMAW Welding). Safety procedures, common shop procedures, welding tools and equipment, and basic welding drawing interpretation will also be introduced. By the end of this class, you will have learned the necessary skills to construct a small pressure vessel as a final project.

Intermediate Welding

Building on fundamentals introduced in Basic Welding, this course allows you to focus on refining skills required to properly make vertical and overhead welds. You’ll be engaged in extensive practice using the SMAW, Flux-core GMAW and pulsed GMAW welding processes, as well as more in-depth study of welding drawing interpretation and welding symbols/terminology. This course prepares you to take the AWS certification test in 3G (Vertical) and 4G (Overhead) positions for Plate. Pre-requisite: Basic Welding OR competency testing with instructor. 

Introduction to Pipe Welding

Enhance your welding skills as you focus on putting the first weld or "root pass" in with GTAW(TIG) or SMAW(Stick) and then follow up with SMAW(Stick) welding on different diameter pipe sizes. Free-hand manual and walking-the-cup Tig welding styles are demonstrated, as you progress through learning to weld pipe in flat, horizontal, and vertical positions. One-on-one coaching, welding demonstrations, and videos help guide you through the challenging process of pipe welding. All instruction conforms to ASME Section IX Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code and AWS D1.1, Structural Welding Code. The final test for certification in pipe welding will be done in the 6G position (45 degrees). Upon satisfactory completion of the weld test, you will receive an AWS Welding Certification. Pre-requisite: completion of Intermediate Welding or interview with BRCC Welding Program Manager.