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 but not limited to: 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, CAD / CNC introduction, 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 728 clock hours, and we offer both day classes as well as nights. The information below is a breakdown of each subject within the program and the approximate hours of lecture and lab combined.

Program Breakdown

Module Approximate Hours        
MIG Welding 28
TIG Welding 28
Production / Manufacturing 28
Aluminum 1 35
Bending 28
Notching 21
Part Forming & Construction 56
Advanced Welding 28
Aluminum 2 35
Mill & Lathe Operations 35
Sheet Metal Shaping 28
Plasma Cutting 14
Bend-Tech Design Operations 28
Group Chassis Project 49
Group Motorcycle Project 28
Headers 14
Blue Print Machining 1 14
Front Suspension Design 63
Welding Operations 7
Steering Design 56
Blue Print Machining 2 21
Rear Suspension Design 56
CAD / CNC Introduction 21
Project Wrap-Up & Final Exam 7
Total Hours 728

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