Welding Training & Certification: Aluminum 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

  • Welding Training & Certification: Steel GMA (MIG) Welding (WCS03)
  • Hazardous Materials, Personal Safety, and Refinish Safety (WKR01)

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

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

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to set up and tune a welding machine
  • Perform proper welding techniques
  • Know how to properly prepare metal surfaces
  • Identify and correct weld defects
  • Explain safety issues involved with welding

Course Content

1. Welding Capability & Readiness Assessment
An in-shop Welding, Capability & Readiness Assessment is conducted by the instructor prior to the in-shop training. Pre-assessment of the shop infrastructure and equipment ensures conditions are adequate to perform proper welds both during hands-on practice and certification testing, as well as post-training. The recommended time frame for the assessment is one to two weeks prior to training day to avoid any delays.

2. Instruction
Students will begin with an overview of course objectives followed by instruction on how to:

  • Properly set up, tune, and maintain aluminum GMA (MIG) welding machine
  • Prepare aluminum surfaces
  • Perform proper welding techniques
  • Identify and correct weld defects
  • Visually inspect and destructively test welds
  • Address safety issues

3. Hands-on Practice and Coaching
Students will then have the opportunity to apply their knowledge by making GMA (MIG) plug, fillet, and butt joint with backing welds. Plug welds are made in the vertical position, all others are made in both the vertical and overhead positions, and on two types and thicknesses of aluminum alloys. The student's welds will need to pass the required visual inspections and destructive tests for each type of welded joint. Instructors monitor and provide one-on-one coaching in order for students to achieve repeatable, successful results.

4. Skills Certification
The course concludes with the student taking the hands-on certification test. All test 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 test welds successfully during the event may retake the training and test on another date and pass to receive the certification.

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