Introduction to welding.

This is for the person who has never welded  metal before or has very limited  experience .  The core of this course is to learn how weld safely and the basics of welding common to Oxy/Acetylene  Welding, MIG Welding (GSAW) and TIG Welding (GTAW).

Welding Safely
In the welding safely section of the course students will learn how to identify the hazards associated with the welding process and how to mitigate them safely.  Students will learn basic ventilation, emergency fire procedures and how to deal with some of the emergencies that have occurred in the welding industry.

All students will be required to wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required by Vancouver  Community Laboratory  safety policy which students will receive  prior to the first class.

Welding Basics
Students will learn about the evolution of metallurgy over the ages and learn to identify and name the properties of some of the most common metals.  We will look at the equipment  used by the various  welding methods and the pros and cons each method.
The class will teach the students the principles of welding and how to identify and correct welding flaws.  At the end of the class students will be given a lesson on how to use a grinder safely.
This course is highly recommended for people interested in taking any of the other welding courses offered by the Vancouver Community Laboratory.

About the Instructor
David Maidman graduated from the welding program at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario in 1979.  He has worked in the steel industry in various capacities since.  At present he is employed as a Ship-fitter at Vancouver Shipyards.


Where: Vancouver Community Laboratory. 1907 Triumph Street. Vancouver

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