WELDING

Welding is comprised of three main ingredients:  an electrical power source, some form of shielding, and a filler material. Welding classes at Swofford cover the principles of welding, cutting, and basic procedures for safety in using welding equipment.  Students receive training in blueprint reading, the meaning of lines, views, dimensions, and structural shapes. Welding symbols and assembly drawings used in fabrication work are included in the training at Swofford. Creativity and artistry are also fostered and encouraged.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:

  • Fabricator

  • Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

  • Retail Sales

  • Welder

  • Welder/Fitter

  • Welding Foreman

  • Welding Engineer

CURRICULUM

Welding I

Grades: 10-12 / Approximate Fees: $15 Note: Students must also furnish their own welding hoods and gloves.
Prerequisite:  Completion of Algebra.
In this course students learn to Gas Metal Arc weld (MIG) and cut using the oxyfuel process (OAW).  MIG welding is using a continuous consumable wire electrode in the welding process.  Students will be able to apply MIG welds with the semiautomatic machine, a process is used in the fabrication industry.  Oxyacetylene welding (OAW) process is used in general maintenance, auto body shops, and repairing small parts where other welding processes would be too expensive.  OAW is designed to prepare students to employ the oxyacetylene process to join commercial metals and alloys.  Instruction also includes using the oxyacetylene flame for cutting metal, case hardening, annealing, and in any practical situation that involves joining metal parts.

 

Welding II - Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)

Grades: 11-12 / Approximate Fees: $15 Note: Students must also furnish their own welding hoods and gloves.
Prerequisite: Completion of Welding I with minimum grade of 80 or Director approval
In the SMAW course, the student will be able to identify the different steels and metals along with their respective properties.  Emphasis is placed upon the procedures to use in order to avoid or minimize difficulties in performing a successful weld on alloy steels and non-ferrous metals.

Welding III - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG)

Grades: 10-12 *Students are allowed to take Welding III before Welding II* Approximate Fees: $15 Note: Students must also furnish their own welding hoods and gloves.
Prerequisite: Completion of Welding I with minimum grade of 80 or Director approval
Students will be able to weld metals by heating them between a non-consumable tungsten electrode in all four positions: flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead.  Students learn to work with three types of metals including carbon, stainless steel, and aluminum.  This is used in industry for precision welding.