The complete guide to welding schools

What is Taught at Welding School?

What is Taught at Welding School?

welding safety equipmentsWelding is the industrial process of joining materials together (usually metals or thermoplastics) by using heat or pressure. A strong joint between the materials is formed by the melted pieces and by an added filler. Welding is used in many manufacturing processes to build a huge variety of goods and products, and it is certainly a necessity in modern manufacturing.

Welders, or the people who do the welding, need lots of special training to be able to do their job. It can be a very dangerous process, as it uses tools such as lasers, fire, and electrical currents. Without the proper safety equipment and technique, welders can be burned, shocked, blinded, or otherwise injured. Therefore, it is very important that welders complete an accredited training program, earn the correct certifications, and work in an environment that meets all safety codes and regulations of that state.

What do welding schools teach?

ship weldersWelding schools teach safety techniques, related skills, and different kinds of welding. Different methods of welding are adapted to different workplace settings and materials. Welding can be performed inside, outside, and even underwater. Welders work on bridges, construction equipment, ships, and much more. Some of the techniques and welding methods that are generally taught in schools include:

Cutting – this technique uses similar methods as welding to separate or cut pieces of metal instead of joining them together

Brazing – this welding technique occurs at lower temperatures and is usually used to seal or join pipes

Shielded metal arc welding – this kind of welding uses an electrode to form a gas shield around the weld pool

Gas metal arc welding – this kind of welding also uses an electrode to form a gas shield

Gas tungsten arc welding – this technique uses an electric arc and a separate filler rod, as well as water for cooling purposes

Submerged arc welding – this common method uses an electrode to weld and protects the weld with a molten flux material

Flux-cored arc welding – this semi-automatic welding process is often used in construction because it is portable and fast

Ocyacetylene welding – this process uses fuel gases and oxygen to weld and cut metal and is one of the oldest processes in the industry

Welders in school work with a variety of different metals and plastics. They may also learn welding safety, how to properly set up machinery and make adjustments, basic metallurgy, weld wire selection, welding joint design, shop math, and how to read and understand welding blueprints.

American Welding Society CertificationWelding schools also focus on making sure that students can pass their certification exams. The certification test, which can vary by state, usually requires the student to demonstrate that he or she has learned the skills necessary to enter welding as a career. The American Welding Society’s certification test requires students to deposit a sound weld that is then inspected by a Certified Welding Inspector. Students have to adhere to Welding Procedure Specification by properly assembling and positioning their welding materials. Once they successfully demonstrate their welding skills, they pass the test and can begin their careers as welders.

 

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