Welder Fitter Program 900 Hours
The Welder Fitter Program is our primary career-level program, and the one most frequently chosen by incoming students. The Welder Fitter Program is specifically designed for incoming students who have little or no welding experience.
The Welder Fitter Program consists of metal cutting utilizing the Oxyacetylene torch and employing five common processes. The concentration of this portion is on the basic techniques required to make sound welds on carbon steel plate and pipe. The shop projects include various joint designs in all positions on plate and pipe. In Shielded Metal Arc Welding, several electrode types and sizes are employed with both AC and DC electrical arc welding machines. Two semi-automatic processes are taught, Gas Metal and Flux Cored Arc Welding. Structured theory classes cover welding safety, proper machinery set ups and adjustments, basic metallurgy, weld wire selection, welding joint design, and shop math. Instruction in blueprint reading includes additional shop math, welding symbols, and the basics required to read, understand, and follow welding blueprints.
The additional 160 hours of specialized training includes extra hand-on time in Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG) working with a variety of other metals (carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum plate and carbon steel pipe). It also covers Combination Processes, where students are instructed in the additional considerations that come into play when more than one process is needed in the joining procedure. The Welder fitter program also includes basic instruction in both pipe fitting and structural layout.
How does the Welder fitter program differ from the Combination welder program?
The Welder fitter program (900 hours) is longer than the Combination Welder Program (740 hours) because it offers additional specialized training listed below:
- Extra TIG
- Work with additional metals
- Instruction in combination processes
- Instruction in pipe fitting/ structural layout