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Training - Aluminum

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Course Overview

The course is designed to incorporate both the theory and practical hands-on approach to the welding of aluminum alloys. The classroom instruction will include an understanding of the theory and general characteristics of the various aluminum alloys and tempers. Additional topics to be covered will be metal preparation, weld procedures, workmanship, inspection procedures, and an understanding of the equipment and processes utilized to join aluminum. The laboratory portion of the program will provide an opportunity to actually weld aluminum with both GTAW and GMAW equipment and then perform a variety of inspection functions.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed to train Welding Engineers, Welding Supervisors, Product Design Engineers and Technical Sales Representatives who need to understand the unique characteristics of the aluminum welding process.

General Daily Schedule

The course begins at 8:00am on Tuesday morning. The sessions meet from 8:00am until 4:30pm daily, and will conclude at 4:30pm on Thursday. Lunch and refreshment breaks will be provided. Some pre-assigned reading is suggested to prepare for the next day's session.

Course Topics
GMAW Process
  • Power Sources
  • Shielding Gases
  • Feedability
Metal Preparation
  • Storage
  • Cleaning
  • Moisture Control
Welding Procedures
  • Joint Design
  • Penetration
  • Weld Profiles
GTAW Process
  • Current Types
  • Application
  • Procedures
Weld Discontinuities
  • Porosity
  • Cracking
  • Lack of Fusion
  • Color Match
  • Profile
  • Undercut
  • Cracks
  • X-Ray
  • Mechanical Tests
Aluminum Metallurgy
  • Alloys
  • Tempers
  • Heat Affected Zone
Filler Alloys
  • Selection Criteria
Weld Performance
  • Mechanical Properties
  • Physical Properties
Laboratory Topics
  • GMAW Welds
  • GTAW Welds
  • Weld Preparation
  • Weld Inspection
  • Weld Testing
    • Visual
    • Destructive
    • Non-Destructive
Technical Discussions
  • Time will be provided with the AlcoTec Staff for participants to discuss specific welding problems in a one-on-one setting.

General Information

A request to attend the school may be completed online.
School Fees
The fee for the entire course is $1,000. The Fee covers meals that are provided during the day's sessions, transportation to and from the hotel and classroom, and a library of technical literature and data. Necessary protective clothing and safety gear will also be provided.
There are numerous hotels within a very short distance of AlcoTec. We can provide specific information upon request.