Bryan Regan is a pilot for AeroShell, and in the Lincoln Electric YouTube video below he gives us a little peek into what it is like being a pilot and having to make little repairs to his aircraft through welding. Read on after the video for more information on aviation/aerospace welding.
What is Aerospace/Aviation welding?
Aviation/Aerospace welding is the practice of building, repairing, and maintaining aircrafts such as airplanes and space shuttles.
Aerospace/Aviation Welding Courses
General welding basics are taught in aviation/aerospace welding courses, but because of the specialized nature of the industry many courses that are specific to that field are taught as well. Expect to cover topics such as:
- Basic Metallurgy – super alloys including aluminum, cobalt, steel, and titanium
- Heat Input
- and Purging Techniques
Surprisingly completing these courses can take just one to two weeks of your time, and the most often the only prerequisite is that you have a high school diploma or equivalent.
CHECK OUT HOBART INSTITUTE OF WELDING TECHNOLOGY’S SPECIALIZED OR IN-PLANT WELDING TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION FOR AEROSPACE STRUCTURAL AND PIPING APPLICATIONS
Aviation/Aerospace welding certification is expected and is required in order to work as an aerospace welder. There are programs such as the Anne Arundel Community College’s Certified TIG Welder program that will guide you through the necessary steps towards certification. Usually after completing these courses you have the chance to earn certification by testing at an American Welding Society (AWS) certified testing facility.
Any aviation/aerospace welders out there have advice on what it takes to work in your industry?