Surry CC Offering Welding for Women, Artists & More

Surry Community College is offering multiple welding classes beginning in October including a Welding for Women course specifically geared toward welcoming women into the traditionally male-dominated industry. The Welding for Women course will be taught by Robin Haas, who studied welding at Surry prior to taking over as an instructor. The course will be offered on Mondays, Oct. 2 through Dec. 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. on the Dobson campus.

Posted: Sep 22, 2017

Surry Community College has a thriving welding program offering courses both through curriculum and through corporate and continuing education. In October, the college will offer a few courses targeting specific audiences including women and artists.

A new Welding for Women course will be offered on Mondays, Oct. 2 through Dec. 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. This empowering course is exclusively for women and will be led by a knowledgeable, highly capable female welding instructor, Robin Haas, who studied the welding craft at Surry prior to becoming a welding instructor.

Haas said, “My advice to any girl that wants to get into welding is to give it a try. Once you get in and see what you’re doing, and you start manipulating metal, it’s very exciting. It’s a fun thing to do and anybody can do it, men or women. Welding is a very versatile job.”

The beginner level course requires no prior welding experience and introduces basic GMAW (MIG) welding. Emphasis is on the GMAW (MIG) short-circuit process applied with solid wire and shielding gas. Course content will be specific to GMAW (MIG) welding and will include safety, personal protection equipment (PPE), machine setup, and welding in various positions using carbon steel. Upon completion, students should be able to properly set up GMAW (MIG) welding equipment and apply welding beads on carbon steel plate in various positions. Pre-registration and pre-payment of $127 are required.

A Basic GMAW (MIG) & GTAW (TIG) Welding course will be offered on Sundays, Oct. 1 through Nov. 19 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. This informative beginner level course requires no prior experience and will introduce students to the Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG) and Gas Tungsten Welding (TIG) processes. Topics will include safety,  PPE, machine setup, proper filler metal and shielding gas selection. In the first four weeks of class, an emphasis will be placed on the application of MIG welds on carbon steel plate with solid filler wire and shielding gas. The second four weeks of the course will focus on the TIG welding process. The class will cover types of tungsten, correct welding polarity selection, shielding gas and filler rod combinations for carbon and stainless steels. Upon completion, students should be able to perform fillet welds on carbon and stainless steel with prescribed electrodes in the flat and horizontal positions using GMAW and GTAW equipment. Pre-registration and pre-payment of $127 are required.

Welding for Artists will also be offered in October. The class specifically designed to help artists implement welding techniques into their artistic endeavors will be held on Fridays, Oct. 6 through Dec. 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. Students will be introduced to oxy-fuel and plasma arc cutting systems. GMAW (MIG) welding techniques introduced in the class will include machine setup, gas shielded and self-shielded filler wire. Topics include safety, PPE, proper equipment setup, operation of oxy-fuel, plasma-arc cutting, and GMAW welding equipment. Upon completion, students will be equipped with the knowledge necessary to perform fillet welds on carbon steel with prescribed electrodes using the GMAW (MIG) process in the flat and horizontal positions. Students will learn to cut ferrous materials using oxy-fuel equipment with an emphasis placed on straight line, curved, and bevel cutting. Students will also be able to cut ferrous and nonferrous metals using the plasma arc cutting process. Brazing and welding techniques using an oxy-fuel torch on carbon steel will be introduced also. Pre-registration and pre-payment of $127 are required.

These classes will all meet in Room S-106 at Surry Community College, 630 S. Main St., Dobson. No prior welding experience is necessary to enroll in any of these courses. Leather boots with steel toes are highly recommended; leather shoes are required. Denim long pants and long sleeve shirt are required. Students cannot wear synthetic clothing for safety purposes. For more information, call (336) 386-3637.

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