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Pipeline Welder Helper II Certificate

Short-Term Certificate


A national curriculum will be used for the study and application of Shield Metal Arc Welding as applied to the oil & gas pipeline industry. Topics covered in this certificate program are: machine selection and classification of electrodes, basic welding techniques using E6010 and E7018 electrodes for groove welds, welding symbols, best practices in welding fabrication, and pipeline clamping, cribbing, and grinding.


Industry Based Certification


Students will be prepared to earn American Welding Society (AWS) D1.1 4G certification using E6010 and E70189 welding rods upon completion of this certificate. AWS offers a number of certification programs that recognize and document expertise and knowledge in specific welding-related disciplines including, inspectors, supervisors, educators, radiographic interpreters, welding engineers and fabricators.


Certificate Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the certificate program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Understand welding and ship safety policies and procedures
  2. Operate SMAW machines
  3. Identify electrode classifications
  4. Start, maintain, and restart an arc E7018
  5. Identify weld joints
  6. Demonstrate cribbing, clamping, grinding, and pipe beveling processes
  7. Pass a 3/8” guided bend test with a backup strip with E7018 in 4G
  8. Become proficient with E6010
  9. Prepare, fit up, and tack plates for an open root vee groove joint and guided bend test
  10. Pass a visual inspection and Magna Flux test of 3/8” vee groove open root with E6010 root pass and E7018 fill and cover passes in positions 2G, 3G, and 4G.

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