Advanced Combination Welding & Fabrication

Learn more about our Advanced Combination Welding & Fabrication Course.

Course Schedule

Start Date: Aug 7, 2023
Full Time: M–F: 7:00AM–4:30PM
Part Time: M–F: 5:30PM–10:00PM

Course Length

Total Length: 22 Weeks
Instructional Hours: 740
Apprenticeship Hours: 160
Total Hours: 700


Applicants must have completed a minimum of 500 clock hours in a Welding program -or- be a graduate of C.S.A.’s Welding Technologies program.

*Transfer credits must be approved and evaluated by an authorized CSA staff member.

Course Description

From manufacturing and construction to custom-building motorcycles, automobiles, aircraft and marine industries, Code Steel Academies Advanced Combination Welding & Fabrication program prepares students for entry level and advanced welder positions as structural fabricators, pipe fitters and welders. Students also learn various techniques for cutting and preparing metal for welding procedures and technologies. 

The CSA program emphasizes safety and accountability by providing OSHA and Materials Handling Protocols.

welding methods TAUGHT in this course

There are a variety of welding techniques that professional welders employ for the many scenarios they face. In C.S.A.’s Welding Technologies Course students develop key fundamental welding skills. The Advanced Custom Fabrication and Welding Course teaches students to apply these skills using different and more complex welding procedures. C.S.A. employs industry veterans to teach the most commonly utilized welding techniques using state-of-the-art technology. The welding procedures taught in this course include Shielded Metal Arc Welding (S.M.A.W.), Gas Metal Arc Welding (G.M.A.W./M.I.G.), Flux Core Arc Welding (F.C.A.W.), and Gas Tungsten Arc Gas Welding (G.T.A.W./T.I.G.). Using each of these procedures, students learn to weld plate and pipe in various positions including horizontal, vertical, and overhead.

Shielded metal arc welding

Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), also known as manual metal arc welding (MMA or MMAW), flux shielded arc welding or informally as stick welding, is a manual arc welding process that uses a consumable electrode covered with a flux to lay the weld.

An electric current, in the form of either alternating current or direct current from a welding power supply, is used to form an electric arc between the electrode and the metals to be joined. The workpiece and the electrode melts forming a pool of molten metal (weld pool) that cools to form a joint. As the weld is laid, the flux coating of the electrode disintegrates, giving off vapors that serve as a shielding gas and providing a layer of slag, both of which protect the weld area from atmospheric contamination.

Flux core arc welding

Flux-cored arc welding (FCAW or FCA) is a semi-automatic or automatic arc welding process. F.C.A.W. requires a continuously-fed consumable tubular electrode containing a flux and a constant-voltage or, less commonly, a constant-current welding power supply. An externally supplied shielding gas is sometimes used, but often the flux itself is relied upon to generate the necessary protection from the atmosphere, producing both gaseous protection and liquid slag protecting the weld. The process is widely used in construction because of its high welding speed and portability.

gas tungsten arc welding

Gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), also known as tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, is an arc welding process that uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode to produce the weld. The weld area and electrode are protected from oxidation or other atmospheric contamination by an inert shielding gas (argon or helium). A filler metal is normally used, though some welds, known as autogenous welds, or fusion welds do not require it. When helium is used, this is known as heliarc welding. A constant-current welding power supply produces electrical energy, which is conducted across the arc through a column of highly ionized gas and metal vapors known as a plasma.

Gas Metal Arc Welding

Gas metal arc welding (GMAW), sometimes referred to by its subtypes metal inert gas (MIG) and metal active gas (MAG) is a welding process in which an electric arc forms between a consumable MIG wire electrode and the workpiece metal(s), which heats the workpiece metal(s), causing them to fuse (melt and join). Along with the wire electrode, a shielding gas feeds through the welding gun, which shields the process from atmospheric contamination.

The process can be semi-automatic or automatic. A constant voltage, direct current power source is most commonly used with GMAW, but constant current systems, as well as alternating current, can be used. There are four primary methods of metal transfer in GMAW, called globular, short-circuiting, spray, and pulsed-spray, each of which has distinct properties and corresponding advantages and limitations.

Educational & Employment Objective

Advanced Combination Welding & Fabrication program is designed to have students complete immersive training through lecture, lab and real world work experience. There are 900 clock hours earned during this program.

Upon successful completion of all components of this program, the CSA graduate shall possess the working knowledge and skills to qualify as a structural welder using any one of three standard welding processes in construction, fabrication, or plant maintenance work settings. CSA graduates shall be able to successfully complete pre-qualification tests for any construction structural or pipe related projects.

Many new CSA students elect the Advanced Welding Combination Welding & Fabrication program because of its advanced specialty courses and expanded welding competencies. The Advanced Welding graduate gains acquired skills and can branch off into various career and employment opportunities.

CSA students have the ability to earn NCCER Credentials by successfully completing both written and hands-on performance evaluations throughout their learning experience. Successful graduates will be prepared for the industry welding certifications as required by their employer, as an example, through the American Welding Society (AWS)

Once a student has completed their program successfully and completed their DIRECT PATH apprenticeship, they will be awarded a special Industry Certification and Diploma from the Academy.

Course Components

Code Steel Academies believes in providing top quality education at an affordable cost. Our course directors place heavy emphasis on creating comprehensive courses focused on exceeding state board standards. Keep reading to learn about the components that make up our Advanced Combination Welding and Fabrication Course.

O.S.H.A. Safety Standard

Class Hrs: 10

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Presents basic safety concepts and explains the difference between regulatory compliance and best practices. Introduces OSHA and describes how accidents and their associated costs affect everyone on a job site. Describes the OSHA focus on four hazards. Discusses the selection and use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Describes fire protection and prevention. Provides an overview of the hazards and safeguards associated with hot and cold weather work, walking and working surfaces, and tools.

First Aid Safety & CPR

Class Hrs: 8

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Nationally recognized, and each attendee will receive a 2-year certification card. Certification cards are either, American Heart Association, ASHI- American Safety and Health Institute, or, AERT –American Emergency Response Training Certification.

Communications, Banking, & Business

Class Hrs: 8

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The construction professional communicates constantly. The ability to communicate skillfully will help to make you a better worker and a more effective leader. This module provides guidance in listening to understand, and speaking with clarity.and it also provides techniques and guidelines that will help you to improve your writing skills. It explains how to use and understand written materials.

Our Banking and Business skills are provided and sponsored by BMO Harris Banking professionals

Intro to Material Handling

Class Hrs: 8

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Lifting, stacking, transporting, and unloading material on a job site. Whether performing these tasks manually or with the aid of specialized equipment, workers must follow basic safety as brick, pipe, and various supplies are routine tasks guidelines to keep themselves and their co-workers safe. This module provides guidelines for using the appropriate PPE for the material being handled and using proper procedures and techniques to carry out the job.

Welding Symbols

Class Hrs: 8

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Identifies and explains the different types of fillet weld, groove weld, and non-destructive examination symbols. Explains how to read welding symbols on drawings, specifications and Welding Procedure Specifications (WPS)

Physical Characteristics & Mechanical Properties of Metal

Class Hrs: 10

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Explains physical characteristics, mechanical properties, composition, and classification of common ferrous and nonferrous metals. Identifies the various standard metal forms and structural shapes. Shows how to extract metal information from Welding Procedure Specification (WPS) sheets and Procedure Qualification Records (PQRs). Covers visual inspection, magnetic testing, and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry methods used to identify metals.

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