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Welding Technology / Blacksmithing Basics

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Welding Technology / Blacksmithing Basics
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Program Description:

Many performance tests will be administered with a focus on welding with 6010 – 6011 – 6013 – 7018 – 7024 electrodes in the Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW) welding process culminating in the D1.1 structural steel limited plate test.  Metal Inert Gas Welding (MIG) and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) will be taught and practiced in both first and second year curriculums.  Pipe fitting and pipe welding on Schedule 40 pipe 6” pipe in the 2G – 5G – 6G positions will be practiced in the second year.  Tungsten Inert Gas Welding (TIG) in carbon, stainless, and aluminum plate will also be an option for advanced students.  Plasma Arc Cutting and Carbon Arc Cutting are also introduced and practiced throughout the two year program.



Safety, Equipment Operation, Oxygen- Acetylene Safe Set Up, Electrical Safety, SMAW Flat Pos. Horz. Rod I.D./ Uses, SMAW Vertical- O.H. Paddle/Plate Tests Certification, Math for Welders, Blueprint Reading for Welders, Welding Workbook, Fabrication Techniques, GMAW (Gas, Metal Arc Welding), FCAW (Flux Cored Arc Welding) Verification, Blacksmithing Techniques, SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding), Plasma Cutting, Carbon Arc Cutting, Pipefitting/ Pipe Welding, GTAW (Gatungsten Arc Welding)


Career Opportunities:

Certified Structural Welder

Pipe fitter/Pipe Welder

Fabrication Shop Specialist

Owner/ Operator of your own Welding Shop

Welder Helper

Quality Control Weld Inspector


Articulation Agreement:

Southern Maine Community College

Eastern Maine Community College

Dual Enrollment:

Southern Maine Community College

Eastern Maine Community College


American Welding Association (multiple types)- All Position Limited, Structural in Carbon Steel


Business & Industry Partners:

Main Metal Products

Maine Staffing Group


ATA Piping

Phoenix Welding

Casco Bay Steel

American Steel & Aluminum

Maine OXY (Southport / Auburn)

Advantage Gases and Tools

New England School of Metal Works

Precision Welding

Bruns Bros.

Johnson and Jordan Inc.


Manufacturers Association of Maine

Maine Conveyor



Long Pants

Closed Toe Leather Boots



Welding and Metal Fabrication Website



Welding Brochure



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Bill Presby
Welding Technology / Blacksmithing Basics

Position: Instructor – Welding Technology & Blacksmithing Basics Co-Cluster Coordinator – Mechanical...  more Read more about Bill Presby


196 Allen Avenue • Portland, ME 04103 • Phone: (207) 874-8165 • Fax: (207) 874-8170

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