Welding

Welding

All welding classes are taught under tight supervision of a qualified Welding instructor.  KVCC provides all materials, and some safety equipment (ie welding hoods, leathers, jackets & gloves).  Students must wear appropriate welding clothing, safety glasses, and boots to all welding classes.

All welding classes are designed to prepare students for employment as professional welders.

 

Welding I

This course is designed to be an introduction to the field of welding.  Safety will be stressed to a high extent to ensure safe operation of welding and cutting equipment.  Participants will be held accountable to lend their own hands in helping to keep the KVCC welding shop as organized and as clean as possible.  Skills that will be available to learn in this course include proper preparatation of base metal with a grinder, basic oxy-fuel cutting, and the SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) process, commonly known as stick welding on carbon steel.  Participants will have the opportunity to be taught using this welding process in all positions in preparation for certification/company tests in the future.  Given each participant's success and accomplishments with this welding process, an introduction to the FCAW (Flux Core Arc Welding) process dealing with carbon steel base metal will be offered toward the end of the course.  Upon completion of this course Participants will be eligible to sign up for Welding 2 which becomes more in depth with the FCAW process.

To view a schedule of PDI-W10 classes visit the KVCC Current Course Offerings.

 

Welding II

In this second level of welding safety will again be stressed to a high extent to ensure safe operation of welding and cutting equipment.  Participants will be held accountable to lend their own hands in helping to keep the KVCC welding shop as organized and as clean as possible.  Skills that will be available to learn in this course include: workmanship, advanced oxy-fuel cutting, intro to carbon arc gouging and FCAW on carbon steel.  Participants will have the opportunity to be taught using this welding process in all positions in preparation for certification/company tests in the future.  Given each participant's success and accomplishments with this welding process, an introduction to the GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding) process dealing with aluminum base metal will be offered toward the end of the course.  Upon completion of this course participants will be eligible to sign up for Welding 3 which becomes more in-depth with the GMAW process.

Prerequisite:  Welding I or permission of the instructor.

To view a schedule of PDI-W20 classes visit the KVCC CUrrent Course Offerings.

 

Welding III

This course is the continuation of Welding II.  Given the participants in this course already have developed the safety, organization, and housekeeping skills stressed in the preceeding courses, more time and effort will be focused on welding operations in class.  Skills will be available to learn in this course include:  Workmanship, intro to plasma cutting, GMAW process dealing with aluminum base metal.  Participants will have the opportunity to be taught this welding process in all positions in preparation for certification/company tests in the future.  Given each participants success and accomplishments with this welding process, an introduction to the GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) process dealing with aluminum, carbon and stainless steels will be offered toward the end of the course.  Upon completion of this course participants will be eligible to sign up for Welding 4 which takes the skill of GTAW to a new level of expertise.

Prerequisite:  Welding II or permission of the instructor.

To view a schedule of PDI-W30 classes visit the KVCC Current Course Offerings.

 

Welding IV

This course is the continuation of Welding III.  Given the participants in this course already have developed the safety, organization, and houskeeping skills required by the instructor in the previous courses, mkore time and effort will be focused on welding operations in class.  Skills that will be available to learn in this course include:  workmanship, advanced plasma cutting, GTAW process dealing with aluminum, stainless and steel plate.  Participants will have the opportunity to be taught this welding process in al positions in preparation for certification/company tests in the future.  Given each participants success and accomplishments with this welding process, an open shop format will follow, meaning that the shop will be available to participants at the designated times to practice any process desired.  The Instructor will be there at all times for assistance and extra training.   

Prerequisite:  Welding III or permission of the instructor.

To view a schedule of PDI-W40 classes visit the KVCC Current Course Offerings.

 

Weld Tests

KVCC does not administer the DOT test, however many companies have elected to, with the assistance of the Kennebec Valley Community College Welding Coordinator, design their own company specific weld test.  Students may train at the company site using company specific welding equipment, and then the student must successfully pass the weld test designed to meet company standards.

Companies may electe to send potential employees to Kennebec Valley Community College to take the test designed to meet company standards.  This ensures an independant testing agent, and the accuracy and integrity of the test results.

For more information regarding setting up weld tests contact Bruce Davis, by clicking on the Staff Contact Information.