Pipe Welding Processes

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Welders work in a wide variety of industries, from car racing to manufacturing. The work that welders do and the equipment they use vary, depending on the industry. The most common and simplest type of welding today, arc welding, uses electrical currents to create heat and bond metals together—but there are more than 100 different processes that a welder can use. The type of weld is normally determined by the types of metals being joined and the conditions under which the welding is to take place. Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. In this process, heat is applied to metal pieces, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. Because of its strength, welding is used in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, and thousands of other manufacturing activities.

Welding also is used to join beams in the construction of buildings, bridges, and other structures and to join pipes in pipelines, power plants, and refineries.

A weld is the simplest and easiest way to join sections of pipe. The need for complicated joint designs and special threading equipment is eliminated. A welded pipe has reduced flow restrictions compared to mechanical connections and the overall installation costs are less. The most popular method for welding pipe is the shielded metal-arc process; however, gas shielded arc methods have made big inroads as a result of new advances in welding technology. Students enrolled in the Pipe Welding Program will learn the techniques necessary to certify to the following codes: AWSD1.1, API1104 and ASME Section IX. Hands-on practice along with classroom study of theory and technique, will be the emphasis of this training program.

  • MTech Program Certificate: Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • MTech Program Certificate: Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • MTech Program Certificate: Pre-Pipe Welding
  • MTech Program Certificate: Shielded Metal Arc Pipe Welding
  • MTech Program Certificate: Gas Tungsten Arc Pipe Welding
  • MTech Pipe Welding Program Certificate
  • AWSD1.1 3G Structural Certificate – SMAW
  • AWSD1.1 6G Structural Pipe Certificate – SMAW
  • A.P.I. 1104 6G – SMAW
  • A.S.M.E. SEC IX Boiler & Pressure Vessel – GTAW
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  • Registration is available to adults only.
  • The MTech Entrance Assessment must be taken and passed with the minimum required score PRIOR to meeting with instructors.

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Adult Students: Open Entry/Open Exit. Start any 1st or 3rd Monday, per available openings

High School Students: Defined Entry/ Open Exit. Start dates August 22, 2017 and January 16, 2018. High School Students may not enroll in the evening schedule.

Monday – Friday 7:30 am- 10:30 am OR 11:30 am – 2:30 pm OR 2:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Mon, Wed, Friday: 7:30 am – 10:30 am OR 11:30 am – 2:30 pm OR 2:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 7:30 am – 10:30 am OR 11:30 am – 2:30 pm OR 2:45 pm – 5:45 pm

Evening Schedule:
Monday – Thursday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm OR
Monday, Wednesday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm OR
Tuesday, Thursday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

*Summer Schedule: no class held on Friday

Item Cost Notes
Application Fee $0.00 There is no cost to apply.
Registration Fee $40.00
Facilities Fee $50.00
Program Fees $1.550.00
Tuition $2,280.00 All tuition and fees are due at the time of registration.
Total : $3,920.00

Financial Aid Eligible:Yes
VA Eligible:Yes
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Item Cost Notes
Textbook $120.00
AWS Online Course Subscription $163.00
Welding Equipment and Practice Pipe $242.00
Exam Materials for Industry Certifications $60.00
Welding Helmet $36.00
Protective Clothing $46.00
Steel toed boots $30.00
Total : $727.00
Item Cost Notes
Additional Test Coupons $18.00 per set each
Total : varies depending on number of sets purchased
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