The curriculum prepares students to seek employment in the welding/metal working trades as welders, welder’s helpers, cutting torch operators, or apprentice fitters. The focus of instruction and practical welding experience is on the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), semi-automatic Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and oxy-acetylene welding, brazing and cutting processes. These processes are used in the construction and manufacturing industries. Welding practice prepares the student for the Structural Steel Groove and Light Gauge Structural Certifications. Certification is now considered a mandatory requirement for successful employment in the construction and manufacturing industries.
Metal fabrication skills including blueprint reading, shop math, metal fit-up and production welding techniques. Instruction includes structural steel welding codes and welding theory. Students are required to purchase welding materials and protective clothing.
A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.
- Perform shielded metal arc (SMAW), flux cored arc welding (FCAW) and oxy-acetylene welding and cutting.
- Select appropriate equipment and processes for metal/welding operations and demonstrate safe set-up and operations of welding equipment.
- Evaluate welds to industry standards and prepare inspections reports including welding defects and solutions.
- Fabricate a part from a blueprint including the layout, assembly, cutting of material guided by welding symbols.
- Prepare to successfully pass the practical and written L.A. City Structural Steel Certification exam for shielded metal arc (SMAW) and flux cored arc welding (FCAW).
Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement
|INTRODUCTION TO STRUCTURAL WELDING
|CONSTRUCTION TRADE WELDING
|INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL DESIGN AND FABRICATION
|BASIC COMPUTER KEYBOARDING
|BUILDING DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION TECHNICAL GRAPHICS
|3-DIMENSIONAL BUILDING DESIGN & REPRESENTATION
|BEGINNING FITNESS ACTIVITIES
|INTRODUCTION TO GAS WELDING
|INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRIC ARC WELDING
|ADVANCED ARC WELDING, FCAW & SMAW
|INTRODUCTION TO TIG WELDING
|TUNGSTEN INERT GAS (TIG) WELDING
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