WELDING & FABRICATION FUNDAMENTALS COURSE
- This hands-on course covers all the fundamentals of MIG welding, basic fabrication, shop skills, hand tools, and safety.
- 13 classes, with 39 hours of instruction in a small group of students.
- 3 Months of Maker Lab Access included.
- Classes are 80% hands-on training. To help build confidence in this subject area.
- These foundational skills are vital for those looking for careers in welding (many different opportunities), fabrication, manufacturing, prototyping, and other related fields.
- Careers in these fields start at $40,000 a year.
- This course is also ideal for those looking to gain practical skills for personal enrichment.
- Upon finishing the classes and test project, students will receive a Vocademy Certificate of Completion.
Fundamentals of MIG welding of steel. Basics of PPE (Personal Protection Equipment). Standard procedures for working with gasses, fumes, and ventilation. Techniques covered: Pulse, sweep, and zig-zag welds. All welding and safety gear is supplied.
Material preparation using of chop saws, vertical band saws, angle grinders, and bench/pedestal grinders on steel. Measuring and marking materials correctly for fabrication. Body positioning for safe and correct usage of this equipment.
Basics of sheetmetal fabrication without welding or brazing. A working knowledge of cutting, riveting, and bending (aluminum) sheetmetal. Proper and safe use of a square for measurement and layout, stomp shear, sheetmetal brake, corner notcher, and bandsaw on thin metals.
Sheetmetal fabrication with MIG welding. Working knowledge of accurate cutting, bending and welding of thin steel sheetmetal. Recognizing different materials and thicknesses. Focus on accurate creation of templates, layouts, and tolerances.
Steel tube cutting and manual notching (aka, fishmouthing). Simple bends using an air/hydraulic tubing bender. Pulse and spot welding techniques. Focus on measurment, preparation, and accuracy.
Cutting and welding using standard angle iron shapes. Creating miter joints. Advanced use of a chop saw to create precision cuts. Further practice in welding minor gaps. Focus on measurment, preparation, and accuracy.
Basic skills for reading, understanding, and creating blueprints and drawings. Fudamentals of dimensioning, drawing layouts, and tolerancing. Welding practice of basic joints.
Math and measuring tools. Identifying and choosing correct materials. Design considerations. Most commonly available materials, shapes, and sizes. Accurate measurement of parts and assemblies. Welding of different thicknesses.
Material preparation using the iron worker, bead blaster, and horizontal band saw. Operating procedures for this larger equipment to cut, notch, grind, and prepare materials for welding and fabrication. Body positioning for safe and correct usage.
How tools, jigs, and fixtures speed up production, improve accuracy, and ease of fabrication. Basic terms, designs, techniques, and calculations. Bascis of creating jigs and fixtures. Techniques for planning and execution of a project.
Correct usage and design of tabs, brackets, and hardware. Standard fasteners and fastener sizes. Proper application of tabs and brackets. Problem solving using dimensions and designs in a project.
Basics and safe use of handheld manual plasma cutting machines. Accurate cutting sheetmetal and steel plates. Using templates for creating multiple identical parts.
Review, refinement, and practice of skills from previous welding and fabrication classes. Done under the supervision and guidance of an instructor.