Welding Training & Certification: Steel GMA (MIG) Welding

Course format: In-shop, instructor-led training with hands-on test
I-CAR Credit Hours: 6 hours
Estimated Duration: 8 hours
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Prior Recommended Programs

  • Steel GMA (MIG) Welding Theory (WCS06e)
  • Hazardous Materials, Personal Safety, and Refinish Safety (WKR01)

This course helps satisfy ProLevel training requirements for the following roles:
Steel Structural Technician

This course is an Annual Training option for the following roles:
Steel Structural Technician
Non-Structural Technician

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to properly set up, tune, and maintain a welding machine
  • Perform proper welding techniques
  • Make common GMA (MIG) welds on multiple thicknesses of steel in vertical and overhead positions

Course Content

1. Welding Capability & Readiness Assessment
Before instruction starts, the instructor will conduct the Welding Capability & Readiness Assessment to determine whether shop infrastructure and equipment conditions are adequate so technicians can properly perform hands-on practice and certification testing.

2. Instruction
Students will be provided with instruction on welding theory, infrastructure, equipment, process, techniques, and best practices. Students will be coached on:

  • Machine set up and maintenance of GMA (MIG) welding equipment in his/her facility
  • How to identify and correct defective welds
  • How welds will be visually and destructively tested for certification

3. Hands-on Practice
Following the instructor-led training, students will apply their knowledge through practice with combinations of GMA (MIG) plug, fillet, butt joint with backing, and open butt joint welds. The time spent on supervised practice will be based on the student's skill level and visual and destructive testing results.
Students will work with two different thicknesses of automotive-grade, zinc-coated steel - 16 gauge (1.4-1.6 mm) and 22 gauge (0.68-0.81 mm).

4. Skills Verification Test
The final phase of the training consists of the student taking the hands-on test, when he or she demonstrates the ability to perform the specified 10 welds. All 10 welds must pass against I-CAR standards in order to receive the certification. Students will be given multiple attempts to perform each weld if necessary. Students who are unable to properly complete all of the welds during the event may retake the training and test on another date and pass in order to receive the certification. All earned I-CAR Welding Certification designations are valid for five years from the passing date.

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