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Surry Community College Offers Welding Courses

Source: The Mount Airy News

Surry Community College is offering welding courses both through curriculum and corporate and continuing education. This month the college will offer a few courses targeting specific audiences including women and artists.

A new Welding for Women course will be offered on Mondays, Oct. 2 through Dec. 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. This course is exclusively for women and will be led by welding instructor Robin Haas, who studied the welding craft at Surry prior to taking over as an instructor.

“My advice to any girl that wants to get into welding is to give it a try. Once you get in and see what you’re doing, and you start manipulating metal, it’s very exciting,” said Haas. “It’s a fun thing to do and anybody can do it, men or women. Welding is a very versatile job.”

The course introduces basic GMAW (MIG) welding. Emphasis is on the MIG short-circuit process applied with shielding gas. Students will receive instruction on GMAW mild steel electrodes as well. Course content will be specific to MIG welding and will include safety, proper equipment setup, and welding in various positions on a variety of project carbon steel. Upon completion, students should be able to set up GMAW welding equipment and perform welding on carbon steel plate in various positions. The coure costs $127.

A Basic GMAW (MIG) & GTAW (TIG) Welding course will be offered on Sundays, beginning today, through Nov. 19 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. This course will introduce students to the metal arc welding and gas tungsten welding processes. Topics include equipment setup and fillet and groove welds. An emphasis is placed on application of GMAW electrodes on carbon steel plate, as well as safety, and the correct selection of tungsten, polarity, gas, and proper filler rod. Upon completion, students should be able to perform fillet welds on carbon steel with prescribed electrodes in the flat and horizontal positions using GMAW and GTAW equipment. The cost of the course is $127.

Welding for Artists well also be offered in October. The class specifically designed to help artists implement welding techniques into their artistic endeavors will be held on Fridays, Oct. 6 through Dec. 15 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Students will be introduced to oxy-fuel and plasma arc cutting systems along with GMAW (MIG) welding techniques. Topics include safety, proper equipment setup, operation of oxy-fuel and plasma-arc cutting equipment, application of fillet and groove welds with emphasis placed on electrodes for carbon steel plate.

Upon completion, students will be equipped with the knowledge necessary to perform fillet welds on carbon steel with prescribed electrodes in the flat and horizontal positions as well as straight line, curve, and bevel cutting. Students will also be able to weld and cut metals of various thickness and perform brazing techniques using an oxy-fuel torch on carbon steel. Advance registration and payment of $127 are required.

These classes will all meet in Room S-106 at Surry Community College, 630 S. Main St., Dobson. No prior welding experience is necessary to enroll in any of these courses. Leather boots with steel toes are highly recommended; leather shoes are required. Denim long pants and long sleeve shirt are required. Students cannot wear synthetic clothing for safety purposes.

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