Fundamentals of Fabrication


The Fundamentals of Fabrication program objective is to provide students with occupational training required for employment in the field of metal fabrication and welding. The curriculum is accelerated while embracing the hands-on approach to learning. Students can complete the program in as little as 7 months.

Areas of instruction include: safety, tape measure reading and calculations, industry math practices, MIG welding on flat and round materials, TIG welding on flat and round materials, rosette splice, fluff and buff, sheet metal, notching and bending, part construction, forming, pattern layout drilling, shocks, suspension basics, aluminum shaping and forming, mill and lathe operations, blocking and smoothing, chassis engineering, advanced project front suspension, rear suspension, static, career opportunities and life skills, and project build.

Equipment used for instruction: MIG and TIG welders, belts sanders, disc sanders, cold saws, chop saws, manual mill and lathe, drill press, tubing benders, pneumatic air tools, miscellaneous small tools, English wheel, sheet metal brakes, bead rollers, and stomp shear.

Examples of projects students may work on include: welding bench, trash can, bending, a-arm, sheet metal vase, tube transfer, wheel spacer, bowl, interactive group chassis project, software interactive of vehicle analysis, business research, and interactive group project build.

This program is 600 clock hours and can be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. The information below is a breakdown of each subject within the program and the amount of lecture hours and supervised lab hours.

Program Breakdown

Safety 101 3 0
MIG Welding 101 7 42
TIG Welding 101 4 31
Aluminum 101 4 37
Notching & Bending 101 7 16
Part Construction & Forming 101 7 16
Shocks 101 11 0
Suspension Basics 101 11 0
MIG Welding 200 0 22
TIG Welding 200 0 22
Manual Lathe Operations 101 4 16
Manual Mill & Lathe Operations 200 4 20
Blocking and Smoothing 101 3 16
Chassis Design 200 4 44
Front Suspension Theory and Design 50 18
Steering Theory and Design 300 4 4
Rear Suspension 300 38 18
Interactive Analysis 300 4 4
Safety by Design 300 4 4
Career Opportunities and Life Skills 100 9 0
Advanced Projects 300 20 72
Overall 198 402
Total Hours 600

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