Welding - Beginners
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About this course

Welding has been described as 'a fabrication or sculptural process that joins materials, usually metals...' and is a technological process that has advanced considerably during the last century. Today the science continues to advance with robots capable of achieving remarkable results that would not have seemed possible just a generation ago. Our course will not turn you into a robot but will certainly enable you to master the basics of the welding process. This course is particularly aimed at beginners, but would also be suitable for those who have some experience but who have not received any previous formal tuition. The course is also suitable for those who wish to re-enrol in subsequent terms to practise and develop their skills.

What will I learn?

The aim of the course is to introduce you to the four common manual welding processes - ARC, MIG, TIG and Gas - and to help you achieve a basic level of competence.

On completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of health and safety issues
  • Demonstrate an ability to execute basic welding skills as demonstrated by the tutor
  • Demonstrate that you have developed your skills across a range of techniques
  • Apply these skills to projects which you wish to complete as part of the course

The following topics will be covered during the course:

  • Health and Safety - issues relating to welding and oxy-fuel gas cutting
  • Manual Metal Arc Welding - 2mm- to 10mm-thick mild steel fillet joints in the flat and horizontal - vertical welding positions and butt joints in the flat welding position
  • Metal Inert Gas Welding - 1mm-thick mild steel fillet and butt joints in the flat, horizontal/vertical, vertical and overhead welding positons; 2mm- to 10mm-thick mild steel fillet joints in the flat and horizontal - vertical positions; 2mm to 6mm butt joints in the flat position
  • Tungsten-Inert Gas Welding - 1.6mm to 3mm mild steel and stainless steel fillet in the flat and horizontal/vertical welding positons and butt joints in the flat welding position
  • Oxy-Acetylene Welding - 1.6mm mild steel butt and fillet joints in the flat welding position
  • Bronze Welding - 1.6mm mild steel butt and fillet joints in the flat welding position
  • Oxy-Fuel Gas Cutting - 3mm to 10mm mild steel
  • Individual Projects
Entry requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
Study, assessment and qualifications

Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course tutor. There are no final qualifications associated with this course.

Additional costs and information

There will be an additional charge of £20 for consumable materials, payable to the tutor at the first session.

Your tutor will advise you about suitable projects that you can undertake during the course if time permits.

You must bring with you your own overalls and safety boots, as well as a note pad and pen. Other safety wear and a reference handbook will be provided.

What could I do next?
Upon completion you could progress onto the Welding Skills - Level 2 Award to further develop and practice your skills. If you have an interest in other elements of engineering and fabrication, you could enrol on our Basic Engineering Skills and Model Engineering course, learning about milling, grinding, producing threads and much more.