Welding Specialist Training Program

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These days, many employers are looking for workers with formal welding training.i In RSI’s Welding Specialist program, students receive hands-on training in core welding processes with widespread industry applications: shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). Instruction is provided in fundamental welding procedures, such as how to prepare arc welding equipment, cut metal using thermal torch techniques, and prevent weld distortion. Welding safety best practices and basic metallurgy are also taught.

Students are awarded a diploma after successful completion of RSI’s welding program, which is also designed to prepare them for the American Welding Society welder certification and similar employer tests. Such credentials can improve welder career opportunities.i

The aim of RSI’s Welding Specialist program is to equip students with the welding skills necessary for entry-level positions in thin alloy, structural, and pipe and pipeline welding. These types of welding have applications in several key industries: construction, transportation, manufacturing, petroleum and many more.

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Choose a Dedicated Welding Training Program

RSI offers a focused, hands-on welding program with plenty of benefits for students.

  • Time: Complete your welder training in as little as 7 months!
  • Small Class Sizes: 20:1 student-teacher ratio.
  • Flexible Scheduling: Welding lab takes only 5 hours per day, 4 days a week (75% of your training time); the other day is spent in class. With morning, afternoon and evening welding courses available, you can work while you train.
  • Industry Standard Equipment: Train on the same kinds of equipment you could use when you get a job, such as welding machines, plasma and track cutters, and bench grinders.
  • Experienced, Professional Instructors: Learn from welders who know the industry firsthand from experience.

Employment is Expected to Grow for Welding in the US to 439,100 Jobs by 2028!ii

What You’ll Learn in RSI’s Welding Classes

Developing critical welding skills is the first step toward a career that could one day have you constructing buildings, bridges and highways, fusing massive pipelines, or welding aircraft. Take a look at what you’ll learn in RSI’s Welding Specialist program courses and where those skills could take you.

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Why Choose RSI for Your Welding Education

RSI offers more than a dedicated welding training program. The school has a long history of preparing students for successful careers in the skilled trades. It not only provides students with support while they’re training but also long after they’ve graduated.

  • Established Skilled Trades School: Over 50 years of excellence in training students for technical careers.
  • Industry Recognition: An ACCSC accredited school.
  • Graduates: Over 10,000 graduates1.
  • Student Services: Continuous, on-campus tutoring and support from caring, competent student services administrators.
  • Career Services: Assistance writing resumes, securing full and part-time employment, and discovering upcoming career opportunities.
  • Scholarships & Financial Aid Services: Pell Grants, scholarships, and student loans. (Financial aid to those who qualify.)
  • Graduate Support: RSI graduates in good standing can return anytime to refresh their training in courses they’ve successfully completed, as well as receive employment assistance. (Subject to availability of classroom space.)

Welding Program Courses & Their Applications

Welding Fundamentals

Wherever you plan to work in the industry, you’ll need a strong grasp of welding basics, proper equipment set up, and safety practices. In our Welding Fundamentals course, students learn these essentials and one of the most versatile and widely used welding processes, shielded metal arc welding (SMAW).3 In SMAW, a consumable electrode stick conducts the electric arc to the work. As the arc melts the electrode away, it becomes part of the weld. The flux covering the electrode simultaneously melts away, forming a gaseous cloud that protects the weld from environmental damage.

  • Review basic welding and safety concepts.
  • Study welding symbols.
  • Perform basic stick welding techniques on plate.
  • Weld overlapping beads.
  • Prepare metal plate and apply thermal cutting processes.
  • Learn about the main welding processes, welding machine components, and electrodes.
  • Use welding codes and blueprints to calculate project dimensions and complete layouts.
  • Properly set up welding equipment.
  • Start welding overhead.
  • Demonstrate plasma and carbon arc cutting processes.
  • Execute fillet welds in the 2F, 3F, and 4F positions.
  • Practice basic SMAW techniques.
  • Explore career possibilities in the welding industry.

WLD 101

  • 125 Contact Hours
  • 25 Contact Hours
  • 100 Contact Hours
  • 4.0 Contact Hours

GMAW/FCAW Processes

In this welding class, you’ll learn two new, but related welding processes: GMAW, also called MIG, and FCAW, or Flux-core. In both processes, a thin metal wire that serves as the electrode is fed into the weld pool from a welding machine, where it serves as the filler metal. The main difference is that GMAW uses a gas to shield the work from environmental contaminants, and, with FCAW, the metal wire contains a powered flux that protects the weld as it burns off.

  • Set up and operate GMAW and FCAW machines and equipment.
  • Prep pipe for GMAW and FCAW applications.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret the procedures, codes, diagrams, symbols, and fitting markings for pipe welding projects.
  • Show advanced reading comprehension for blueprints and layouts.
  • Execute 2G, 3G, and 4G Weld Root Fill and Cap.
  • Use beveling methods to prepare pipe.
  • Weld in the overhead position.

Industry Applications

  • Transportation: Shipbuilding, Automotive Repair
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Pipeline Welding

WLD 105

  • 125 Contact Hours
  • 25 Contact Hours
  • 100 Contact Hours
  • 4.0 Contact Hours

Structural Welding

Our Structural Welding course is designed to reinforce skills students learned in the Welding Fundamentals class and teach new, related ones. Students continue to practice SMAW processes, expand their knowledge of welding symbols and construction drawings, and are introduced to the concepts of metallurgy and basic destructive weld testing. By the end of the course, students begin to learn how to weld pipe.

  • Set up SMAW equipment and perform basic butt welds on mild steel.
  • Apply two primary types of electrodes to a range of welding exercises.
  • Practice root pass and fill welds.
  • Advance the ability to read and interpret technical drawings and welding symbols.
  • Understand how the internal structure of metal changes when heated and cooled and other basic metallurgy principles.
  • Execute 2G, 3G, and 4G welds.
  • Learn basic destructive testing and inspection practices to produce safe, sound welds.
  • Utilize plasma cutting and carbon arc techniques.
  • Cut 5-inch diameter pipe to the correct bevel angle using thermal cutting devices.
  • Perform consistent pipe welds in one position while moving around the pipe.

Industry Applications

  • Construction
  • Transportation: Bridges, Highways, Aerospace
  • Manufacturing
  • Pipe Welding
  • Nuclear
  • Mining

WLD 110

  • 125 Contact Hours
  • 25 Contact Hours
  • 100 Contact Hours
  • 4.0 Contact Hours

Basic Pipe Welding

In our Basic Pipe Welding class, students learn a new welding process, gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), and build upon their knowledge of SMAW to advance their pipe welding skills. GTAW is a process that requires skill and precision to produce high quality welds. During the process, a non-consumable tungsten electrode conveys the electric arc to the base metal, melting the base metal and the filler metal as it is manually delivered into the weld pool. A shielding gas is used to protect the weld from environmental contamination. Students also build upon skills learned in previous welding classes.

  • Practice GTAW to execute basic root welds on pipe coupons.
  • Use SMAW to perform cap and fill welds in 2G and 6G positions.
  • Execute 2G and 5G welds.
  • Follow basic pipe welding technical drawings to apply mechanical and thermal beveling processes to cut pipe coupons and bevel pipe ends.
  • Practice uphill welding and traveling around the pipe while welding in several positions.
  • Select appropriate filler metals for the project using basic metallurgy principles.
  • Mechanical and visual testing techniques.

Industry Applications

  • Transportation: Aerospace, Shipbuilding, Automotive
  • Pipeline Welding
  • Construction
  • Fabrication
  • Military

WLD 115

  • 125 Contact Hours
  • 25 Contact Hours
  • 100 Contact Hours
  • 4.0 Contact Hours

Advanced Pipe Welding

Students refine their GTAW skills for pipe welding applications in our Advanced Pipe Welding class. They’re also introduced to the equipment, practices, and safety procedures they would typically encounter on structural and pipe welding job sites. Lastly, students prepare for how to present themselves for employment opportunities.

  • Learn the operations necessary for weld test procedures, portable equipment set up, and testing techniques.
  • Use GTAW to weld mild steel pipe in multiple positions.
  • Weld high carbon steel with stainless steel electrodes.
  • Execute 2G, 5G, and 6G with TIG stringer.
  • Weld the root on 2-inch pipe using GTAW and complete the cap and fill with SMAW.
  • Learn hand signals to communicate with crane operators and how to lift pipe into place for welding.
  • Electrical safety training.
  • Instruction in resume preparation, job interview appearance, and job attitude.

Industry Applications

  • Pipeline Welding
  • Construction
  • Fabrication
  • Transportation: Aerospace, Shipbuilding, Automotive
  • Military

WLD 120

  • 125 Contact Hours
  • 25 Contact Hours
  • 100 Contact Hours
  • 4.0 Contact Hours

Welding Capstone

The final processes and procedures students will need to know to prepare for employer weld tests are taught in our Welding Capstone class. As the last course of their training, students practice GMAW, SMAW, and GTAW on a range of metals in various positions.

  • Select tungsten electrodes for thin alloy welding of stainless steel and aluminum.
  • Execute GTAW on stainless steel and aluminum.
  • Learn the heat setting for thin gauge applications.
  • Use GMAW, SMAW, and GTAW to perform 3G, 5G, and 6G welding in multiple combinations with bend tests.
  • Practice welding downhill in the 5G position.
  • Prepare for employer weld tests.

Industry Applications

  • Transportation
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Pipeline Welding
  • Nuclear
  • Mining
  • Fabrication
  • Military

WLD 125

  • 125 Contact Hours
  • 25 Contact Hours
  • 100 Contact Hours
  • 4.0 Contact Hours

Sound Interesting? Contact us for more information on this course and the Welding Specialist Program.

i https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/welders-cutters-solderers-and- brazers.htm#tab-4

iiEmployment is expected to grow for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers (514121) in the US to 439,100 through 2028 and in Arizona to 6,050 through 2026.
https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/Careers/Occupations/occupation-profile.aspx?keyword=Welders,%20Cutters,%20and%20Welder%20Fitters&onetcode=51412106&location=Arizona

iii http://www.thefabricator.com/glossary/shielded-metal-arc-welding-smaw