PVCC Workforce Services offers welding classes for students who want to pursue an A.W.S. certification or just want to learn to weld for fun.
- All welding classes are held at the VA School of Metal, 102-A Industrial Drive, Troy, Va 22974
- *Financial assistance is available. Please contact Ashley Robinson for more information at 434-293-8901
|Certified Welder||Certified Welder: Pipe Welding|
Certification training consists of 80 hours over a 10-week period, five weekends, scheduled every other weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
Cost of the entire program is $3,499*.
This includes class room lecture, practice and final test.
Upon successful completion of the course and passing the test, student will be A.W.S. D1.1 certified for structural welding. This program, divided into five classes, will prepare the student to take the American Welding Society D1.1 certification test for structural welding. Primary emphasis will be on stick welding, properly known as shielded metal arc welding. The focus of the program is to teach the welding skills necessary to test for the D1.1 certification in structural welding. Classes must be taken in order with week one, an Introduction to Welding, a prerequisite to taking week two, etc.
Certification training consists of 128 hours, eight weekends, scheduled every other weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
Cost of the entire program is $4,500*.
This includes classroom lecture, practice and final test.
Upon successful completion of this course and passing of test, student will be A.W.S. QC7-93 certified for pipe welding. This program, divided into eight weekends, prepares you to take the American Welding Society (A.W.S) QC7-93 certification test for pipe welding. Primary emphasis will be on stick welding, properly known as shielded metal arc welding. Classes must be taken in order. Topics include the basics of pipe welding using 6010 and 7018 electrodes, welding full penetration groove welds in the 2G (vertical), 5G (horizontal fixed) and 6G (inclined) positions and prepping and fitting techniques. Testing will take place in the 6G (inclined) position.
|Classes are offered Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m.–4 p.m.|
|Welding Certification: Part I
In this introductory class, students will learn the fundamental principles of joining ferrous and non-ferrous metals, NDT (nondestructive testing) joint preparation, equipment operation, and safety procedures. Students will begin their welding practice in the 1-G (flat) position. Students will practice with ER-7018 low hydrogen stick electrode.
|Pipe Welding Certification: Part I
In this introductory class, students will learn safety, electrode selection, proper preparation and fit-up of pipe, the meaning of different welding symbols and positions starting with the 6” schedule 40 pipe in the 2-G and 5-G positions.
|Welding Certification: Part II
Students will gain skills welding in the 1-G (flat) position. The 1-G welding certification position is a plate in the flat position that is beveled. This position is the most basic.
|Pipe Welding Certification: Part II
Students will gain skills welding a 6” schedule 40 pipe in the 6-G (inclined) position as well as proper preparation and fit-up of pipe.
|Welding Certification: Part III
After a brief review of weeks one and two, students will begin their practice in the 2-G horizontal position. This will prepare the student for real-life situations when welding out of position is required.
|Pipe Welding Certification: Part III
After a brief review of weeks one and two, students continue their practice in the 6-G position with a 6” schedule 40 pipe. Students are introduced to basic blueprint reading.
|Welding Certification: Part IV
Continued practice in the 2-G position and preparation for the A.W.S. Coupon Test.
|Pipe Welding Certification: Part IV
Students begin their practice in the 2-G and 5-G positions on a 2” schedule 80 pipe.
|Welding Certification: Part V
Students will prepare coupons per A.W.S. guidelines for final practice plates and weld complete.
|Pipe Welding Certification: Part V
Students begin to weld on a 2” schedule 80 and 40 pipe in the 6-G position. Student skills will be evaluated at this time for determination to proceed with pipe welding certification test.
|Pipe Welding Certification: Part VI
Students continue their practice in the 6-G position on a pipe with thicker wall dimensions.
|Pipe Welding Certification: Part VII
Students practice welding a 6” schedule 40 and 80 pipe in all three (2-G, 5-G, 6-G) positions.
|Pipe Welding Certification: Part VIII
Students will make final preparations for the A.W.S. QC-7-93 certification in pipe welding. Certification test takes place in the 6-G (inclined) position.
|Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
This is a manual process that is used mostly for welding thin metals.
This process is great for critical welding areas, and provides a clean look. Class is four weekends. Your certification test is taken on stainless steel.
|Welding Classes (non-certification classes)
These classes do not qualify for WCG/FANTIC financial assistance.
|Welding 101: Intro to Welding
This 14-hour intensive course covers the basics of MIG welding. Discussion topics include safety, equipment and the principles of welding. This is followed by hands–on practice. Create your first project that is yours to keep at course completion.
|Welding 102: Intro to Stick Welding
This eight-hour course is the perfect next step to help you improve your welding skills. Prerequisite: Welding 101
|Welding 103: Intro to TIG Welding
This course is focused completely on the art of TIG welding. You will be trained in the basic concept of TIG welding with steel and stainless steel. This is an intensive eight-hour course that will give you advanced skills and confidence to continue working with metal in your area of interest.
|Welding 104: Advanced Aluminum TIG Welding
Aluminum is light, strong and extremely versatile. Once you have mastered the skills needed to weld aluminum, you will be able to complete any metal project with amazing results, be it art, furniture, maintenance or enhancing your opportunities for employment.
|Welding 105: Advanced MIG Welding
This 16-hour advanced class includes additional training in MIG welding including aluminum welding with a spool gun, and stainless steel. A project will be completed with a focus on metal art.