Metals Fabrication & Welding Technology
Metals Fabrication and Welding Technology provides the student a working knowledge of the various tools, equipment and modern techniques used in the metals fabrication, mechanical installation and welding industries. The proper application of various layout, fabrication and assembly techniques for specific designs in sheet metal, plate, structural metals and pipe will be stressed. Students will design, estimate, fabricate and install projects relative to air handling systems, structural and miscellaneous fabricated systems. Proper and safe work habits must be developed due to the nature of the equipment necessary to be successful in the industry.
The understanding and mastery of layout techniques is an essential component for success in the Metals Fabrication and Welding fields. Therefore, disciplines in the basic, parallel line, radial line and triangulation methods of layout are covered. Also, instruction in blueprint reading relative to the manufacturing and construction industries will be required. Included are components in drafting, orthographic projection and symbol interpretation. Gas metal arc, shielded metal arc, gas tungsten arc, oxy-acetylene and flux core arc welding will be studied and practiced to allow students to obtain skills for a total understanding of fabricated projects from design through the final assembly processes.
Graduates of the Metals Fabrication and Welding Technology program are prepared to work in businesses and industries that design, build and install products that have been fabricated from sheet, plate and structural metals. Areas of employment include:
- H.V.A.C. Sheetmetal Duct Systems Fabrication and Installation
- Precision Sheetmetal Layout and Fabrication
- Industrial Maintenance/Millwright
- Plate Layout/Fitter for Industrial Fabrication
- Mechanical Systems Estimator/Project Manager
- Fabrication Machinery Operator
- Equipment Manufacturing and Installation
- Structural Steel and Miscellaneous Iron Fabrication
- Automated Cutting Systems Operation Programming
- Sales - Industrial Equipment or Contractor
- Shop/Installation Foreman
- Fabrication of sanitary stainless steel products
- Food and Pharmaceutical processing applications
- Industrial Ventilation Fabrication and Installation
A graduate of this program will be able to do the following:
- Demonstrate the ability to perform technical work related to welding, structural steel fabrication, sheet metal and plate fabrication, applying OSHA and other applicable safety standards to work safely.
- Apply concepts of geometry, trigonometry and physics to develop, layout, fit and weld various fittings, structures and systems associated with industrial and commercial metals fabrication.
- Identify and demonstrate correct use of various hand and power tools used in the fabrication industry.
- Demonstrate the ability to develop and interpret blueprints using accepted practices of orthographic projection.
- Determine set-up effectiveness of shop equipment and develop methods of manufacturing various products.
- Keep accurate records of project work, time expended, materials used and costs incurred associated with a given job.
- Demonstrate a comprehension of business practices related to the metals fabrication industry.
- Estimate the costs associated with the design, fabrication and installation of various structural, sheet metal or maintenance projects.
- Demonstrate basic oral communication skills, speak logically and use various types of oral and written communication techniques to promote good business relationships, to develop leadership, and to establish good employer, customer and employee relationships.
- Demonstrate competency in the simple, parallel line, radial line and triangulation methods of layout to develop elbows, transitions, and tees in both round and rectangular forms.
- Understand industry standards of quality.
- Demonstrate the ability to choose the proper materials, fabrication and welding procedures for given projects.
- Be prepared to accept the challenges and responsibilities of the metals fabrication industry, knowing the full range of employment and advancement possibilities.