From manufacturing and construction to custom-building motorcycles, automobiles, aircraft and marine industries, Code Steel Academies Welding Technologies program will prepare future student for entry-level welding positions in these and many other fields.
The CSA program emphasizes safety and accountability by providing OSHA and Materials Handling Protocols.
*This program also prepares graduates for our Advanced Combination Welding & Fabrication programs, where they can gain experience toward more advanced positions.
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.
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.
The Welding Technologies program is designed to have students complete immersive training through lecture, lab and real world work experience. Upon successful completion of all components of this program, the CSA graduate shall possess the working knowledge and skills to qualify as a structural and/or pipe welder using any one of three standard welding processes in construction, fabrication, or plant maintenance work settings. CSA students should gain the skills and knowledge to be able to successfully complete pre-qualification tests for any construction structural or pipe related projects.
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). There are 700 clock hours earned during this program.
Once a student has completed their program successfully and completed their DIRECT PATH apprenticeship, they will be awarded a special Industry Certifications and Diploma from the Academy.
O.S.H.A. Safety Standard
Class Hrs: 10
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
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
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
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.
Class Hrs: 8
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
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.