May 2nd – 6th, 2011, the Welding Metallurgy (Educator Professional Development Workshop) will be held in Waco, TX. These courses are designed for those who are educators and teach in secondary and post-secondary programs. Welding Metallurgy is the first module of a four part series. Module 2 is Cutting and Joining Processes, module 3 is Design/Assembly/Robotic Welding and module 4 is Codes and Standards. Location of the modules will vary and they will be scattered throughout the country at ten different locations.
The Welding Metallurgy module is the “Welding Metallurgy and Weldability of Commercial Alloys” course. It covers the introduction of fundamentals and concepts. Educators will learn the best educational practice methods to teach welding metallurgy, heat flow, and the weldability of non-ferrous and ferrous commercial alloys. There will be laboratory work which will consist of weldability testing of certain applications and the welding metallurgy investigation on welded samples.
The second module is “Cutting and Joining Processes” and will cover the principles and basics of major cutting and joining processes. Included will be consumables, equipment, advantages and disadvantages, techniques and the variables for every process. The applications, how to choose consumables, and how to set up process parameters are also covered. There will be laboratory work that will involve setting up equipment and operating welding and cutting equipment.
The third module is “Design for Welding, Fabrication, Assembly and Robotic Welding”. This is an in-depth review of the fundamentals and concepts, best educational practice methods of robotic wekding, design, assembly, and fabrication. There will be laboratory work that will be the programming and operation of robots for GMAW welding.
The fourth module is “Weld Quality and Inspection, Welding Codes, Specifications and Safety. This course will be an in-depth review of fundamentals and concepts. It will cover the best practice methods for teaching about weld quality and inspection methods as well as safety, specifications, and welding codes. The laboratory work will consist of setting up and using instruments and equipment to identify and characterize weld defects and discontinuities.
All four modules will cover the certification and qualification standards for entry level welding technicians and welders that are established by The American Welding Society.
There is a limit of 20 participants per location and the modules are all on a first come, first serve basis. The overall cost for this training is valued at $1,900 dollars, but participants will only have to pay $99. Each participant is responsible for his or her own travel and evening meals. The cost of breakfast and lunch as well as the hotel will be covered thanks to the national center. Every participant will get a set of training materials to use in the classroom. This is valuable education that will help not only educators, but their students, since all educators will be completely up to date on the latest information.
If a class is canceled because there are less than ten participants, then a full refund will be made. There will be a month's notice if a class is canceled.
Both secondary and post-secondary teachers can apply for the Weld-Ed subsidized training. Those who attend will receive a Certificate of Attendance by the host college and Weld-Ed, which is the National Center for Welding Education and Training. A CEU is available at request.