Course Outlines & Module Descriptions

The flow chart shown below contains all the modules that are currently being offered by the Fabrication department. Modules with a green dot make up the Grade 9 curriculum albeit in a slightly modified form. Additional modules are in devlopment and will be available upon completion.

Course Outlines (click on a course to read its outline)

Course Outline FAB 1040 FAB2030 FAB3030 FAB 2040 FAB 3040 FAB 1010 FAB 1050 FAB 2050 FAB 3050 FAB 2060 FAB 3060 FAB 1048 FAB 2070 FAB 3170 FAB 2048 FAB 3070

Module Descriptions (click module's title to go to Alberta Learning's official guidelines)

FAB 1010: Basic Tools & Materials

This module focuses initially on the safety aspects of working in a welding shop then moves on to shop orientation, tool and materials familiarisation, and culminates at the end of the semester with the design and construction of a personal project.

FAB 1040: Oxyacetylene Welding

Pre-requisite: FAB1010

Oxyacetylene welding is a process that has been replaced in almost all situations by other welding processes however, as a teacher tool it still has great value as it introduces students to the two handed welding technique upon which other processes depend. Students will complete a series of theory assignments and an examination before progressing to three shop work assignments that include producing a welding bead without a filler rod, a bead with a filler rod and finally a simple edge joint.

FAB 1048: Semi-Automated/Automated Welding

Pre-requisite: FAB1010
Supporting: FAB1050

Semi automated welding sometimes referred to as Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) or more commonly "MIG" welding is an extensively used process that has replaced other welding processes in many situations. It uses a "gun" that delivers a thin metal wire (electrode) to the welding zone. A high current is passed through it melting the wire and joining the components together. Students will complete a series of theory assignments and an examination before progressing to three shop work assignments that include producing a series of parallel (stringer) beads, a t-joint (two pieces of metal joined at 90 degrees) and finally a series of stringer beads on a "coupon" (a rectangular piece of metal) held at 90 degrees to the work surface.

FAB 1050: Basic Electric Welding

Pre-requisite: FAB1010

Shielded Metal Arc welding sometimes referred to as Stick Welding is the most widely used welding process in industry. It is capable of welding many different materials and thicknesses lending itself to use in diverde situations. The process relies on the heat generated by electric resistance between the tip of the welding electrode (a wire coated in a solid chemical solution) and the metal components to be joined. The solid chemicals on the elctrode break down to protect the fresh weld and the wire melts fusing the components. Students will complete a series of theory assignments and an examination before progressing to 3 shop work assignments that include producing a series of parallel (stringer) beads, six circular (nickel) beads and finally a t-joint.

FAB 2030: Oxyfuel Welding

Pre-requisite: FAB1040

Braze welding or brazing is an oxyactylene welding process commonly employed for joining dissimilar metals. It is an antiquated process but as with basic oxyacetylene welding it is used to further improve a students of two handed welding technique as well as highlighting the need for careful joint preparation without which a braze will weak and unsatisfactory. Students will complete a single theory assignment and an examination before progressing to two shop work assignments that include producing a welding bead with a filler rod and a simple lap joint.

FAB 2040: Thermal Cutting

Pre-requisite: FAB1040

Thermal cutting or gas cutting is an oxyactylene welding process used for cutting metal either in preparation for later use in construction or in the dismantling process. The combination of heat and an jet of pure oxygen applied to the heated zone causes steel to burn in a controlled fashion. This controlled burning is then directed along cut lines to produce components. Although superceded by plasma cutting in some situations it is still relied upon heavily in industry. Students will complete three theory assignments and an examination before progressing to shop work assignments that require the student to produce a straight, circle and bevel cut.

FAB 2048: Flux Core Arc Welding 1

Pre-requisite: FAB1048

Flux Core Arc Welding is a very similar process to Gas Metal Arc welding. The theory focuses on the differences between them and highlights the advantages of the system over the GMAW system such as not requiring the use of an external source of shielding gas and its higher filler metal deposition rate. Once the theory assignments and examination are complete the student will then progress to the shop work assignments producing a wide stringer bead called a "weave" bead after the hand movement required to produce as well as several different joint in positions other than the flat position.

FAB 2050: Arc Welding 1

Pre-requisite: FAB1050

Arc Welding 1 picks up where Basic Electric Welding left off. The three theory assignments cover arc welding power supplies in more detail and look carefully at the electrical theory of the process. Once the assignments and examination are complete the student will then progress to the shop work assignments that include producing a stacked stringer bead , a "weave" bead and a butt joint employing this technique.

FAB 2060: Arc Welding 2

Pre-requisite: FAB2050

Arc Welding 2 continues the work from Arc Welding 1 with emphasis on deciphering the codes applied to welding electrodes that spell out their characteristics and identify the situations in which they should be employed. Once the theory assignments and examination are complete the student will then progress to the shop work assignments: a six pass t-joint and stacked weave beads of three different widths.

FAB 2070: Gas Metal Arc Welding 1

Pre-requisite: FAB1048

Gas Metal Arc Welding 1 continues from the work done in FAB 1048. The theory focuses in more detail on the equipment associated with the process and examines its electrical characteristics. Once the theory assignments and examination are complete the student will then progress to the shop work assignments which include producing differnt joints in positions other than the flat position.

FAB 3030: Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

Pre-requisite: FAB2030
Supporting: FAB2060, FAB2070

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding an electrical process also known as "TIG" welding is the process of choice for delicate high tech welding work. Its crisp clean welds and low heat make it an ideal process for delicate work such as in nuclear reactor components, aeronautical engineering and custom fabrication for choppers and hot-rods. The module covers the theory of the process and looks in detail at the equipment and its use. Once the theory assignments and examination are complete the student will then progress to the shop work assignments where their previous experience with two-handed welding will stand them in good stead for producing a welding bead without a filler rod, a bead with a filler rod, followed by several out of position welds.

FAB 3040: Specialized Welding

Pre-requisite: FAB2030
Supporting: FAB3030, FAB3050, FAB3170

In this module students will encounter welding metals other than the carbon steel. The theory section will cover special care that these other metals require and the dangers inherant in their use. Once the theory assignments and examination are complete the student will then progress to the shop work assignments where they will perform simple stringer welds on several non-carbon steel materials.

FAB 3050: Arc Welding 3

Pre-requisite: FAB2060

The theory for this module focuses exclusively on the recognition and use of welding symbols. Through the completion of a work book the student will learn the fundamentals of reading welding blue prints. While it is not reasonable to expect a student to retain all of the fine details contained in the module the hope is that they will at least retain a general knowledge idea of the type of information a drawing may contain. Once the work book and examination are complete the student will then progress to the shop work assignments where they will complete welds using different electrodes alone and in combination on several joint both flat and out of position.

FAB 3060: Arc Welding 4

Pre-requisite: FAB3050

This module covers some of the theoretical considerations engineers face in their planning of welding jobs. It also covers pre and post heating of the weld and weld finishing. Once the theory assignment and examination are complete the student will then progress to the shop work assignments where they will complete welds that employing a groove preparation and use different electrodes in combination.

FAB 3070: Pipe and Tubular Welding

Pre-requisite: FAB3170
Supporting: FAB2040, FAB2060, FAB3050

Pipe and tubular welding techniques are heavily employed in the welding trade as the movement of fluids either as a product, a lubricant, a coolant or a motive force lie at the heart of almost every industrial process. This module covers joint design, safe work practices when working on pipe and the laws and certifications associated with work in this field. Once the theory assignments and examination are complete the student will then progress to the shop work assignments where they will complete prepare coupons as if they were part of a pipe. They will then weld these specially prepared coupons in preparation for completing a series of welds designed to simulate the provincially recognized B-pressure welding test.

FAB 3170: Gas Metal Arc Welding 2

Pre-requisite: FAB2070

This module continues from FAB 2070. It looks more thoroughly at the electrical characteristics of of this welding process and as identifies the effects different shielding gases have on the welds it produces. Once the theory assignments and examination are complete the student will then progress to the shop work assignments where they will produce several out of position groove welds.