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TW030 - Weld Joint Preparations and Welding Positions

Duration: ± 4 days (2 days theory, 2 days practical) | Course Code: TW030 | Cost From: R 800 ($ 50)

Only by having a good knowledge and understanding of the different weld joint configurations required for different plate and pipe thicknesses to be welded in different positions, can a good welder really understand and appreciate the importance of work preparation prior to welding.

This section consists of two Modules, firstly on how to prepare a joint correctly to produce a good weld, depending on the plate/pipe wall thickness, defects in the joint material, criticality of the weld and the position(s) in which the weld will be completed.

A good understand is also required as to how the weld joint positions are classified and the various terminology to be used to identify different components, processes and actions.

Welders may not prepare the joints themselves, but they are responsible for the resultant welded joint integrity. Only through being able to prepare and inspect the joint can they grasp the processes to be followed, and the potential problems that could arise and which they need to be aware of.

Only on completion of these modules, should the learner be allowed to move on to the more complex welding processes in the different positions and using different plate and pipe thicknesses. Emphasis is on training the learner to be able to produce consistently good joints, to be able to inspect the joints correctly and to ensure fit-up is correct to receive the desired quality.

The course modules consist of 2 videos of approx. 10 minutes duration each, Course Notes and final Quiz after each module on the theory. There is also a practical test for each module to demonstrate competency.

(When watching the video trailers, it is best to start the video and then immediately pause it, then wait a few minutes to allow streaming before starting play again.)

Learning Outcomes

Some learners will be more dextrous than others, and quicker to grasp the skills. They should not be held back by the weaker members, and on average in a class of 12 welders, this course will take approximately 4 days for all to complete it, and reach a suitable standard to move on to the more advanced welding.

It is important that the instructor does not move a learner on to the more difficult welding modules until they are completely familiar with these basics. It is also a good idea to train the learner at this stage in the gas cutting and profiling techniques needed for joint preparation.


Access to this course will cost R 800 ($ 50)
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Practical work and assignments are not included and are for the arrangement and cost of the facility where the practical work is being carried out.


Discounts are available for groups and/or for complete courses including the welding process selected, and for a combination of each.

Please contact us for more details to meet your requirements.

Duration: ± 4 days (2 days theory, 2 days practical)
Course Code: TW030

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