Fabrication and Welding for Engineers 2024 Qld


Structural Steel Fabrication and Welding for Engineers

Wednesday evenings 5pm - 8pm

21 August to 23 October 2024

TAFE Queensland, Acacia Ridge


Engineering practitioners who design and specify steel structures need a practical understanding of steel materials including knowing the processes and practices of welding, cutting and forming, and weld testing and quality control. This knowledge is essential if fabricated steel structures are to be economical, practicable and fit for purpose.

Unfortunately, few professionals have the opportunity to gain substantial exposure to fabrication workshop or testing activities and expand their practical understanding.

This course aims to address the gap, combining a broad scope of background information with hands-on practical experience.

On completion you will have gained an:

  • appreciation of the design of welded structures.
  • insight into fabrication processes, procedures and automation.
  • overview of non-destructive testing processes and procedures.
  • awareness of the heat-affected zone, residual stress and distortion.
  • insight into the importance of welding procedures, and material certificates.
  • awareness of common design errors in steel structures.

Course Content

Course consists of 3 components - basic theoretical learning of steel and welding, hands on workshop time, and guest speakers.

Theory Topics (indicative only)

  • Steel materials – properties, grades & standards
  • Mechanical cutting, thermal cutting, forming
  • Joining processes
  • Weld properties, weld preparations and weldability
  • Open & hollow section connections
  • Arc welding processes and selection
  • Heat treatment, residual stress & distortion
  • Weld defects, weld inspection and quality control
  • Management of weld quality
  • Design detailing – economy, access & common errors

Hands-on Workshop

Of the total 27 hours course time, approximately 18 hours is spent in the workshop, using equipment and learning basic welding techniques.  Teachers also create situations for difficult design welds, allowing first-hand experience at tight place welding or non-standard welding.

Guest Speakers

  • Non Destructive Testing (NDT) expert will discuss NDT testing methods and equipment.
  • Steel Fabricator will speak on economy of design and highlight common errors
  • Steel Detailer will speak on economy of design and common errors they experience.

Please note: Content is introductory level, assuming no or limited experience in metal fabrication.  Some content may already be known to participants, however, content is included as a refresher prior to physically working with steel.

Participants will be required to complete a Student Personal Details form which will be provided by TAFE prior to the commencement of the course.

Participants successfully completing the course will receive a TAFE certificate of completion in the competencies “Perform routine gas metal arc welding” and “Perform routine manual metal arc welding”.

Study and reference material provided

  • An Engineers Guide to Fabricating Steel Structures: Volume 1: Fabrication Methods (eBook)
  • An Engineers Guide to Fabricating Steel Structures: Volume 2: Successful Welding of Steel Structures (eBook) Learn more


Wednesday evenings from 21 August to 23 October (no class on 18 September)

Wednesday 25 September - visit to NDT company


5pm to 8pm


TAFE Queensland, 247 Bradman St, Acacia Ridge, Qld 4110 

NDT company address to be advised

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Course fee:

$1690.00 ASI member

$1990.00 non-member

Please note the course is subsidised by TAFE Qld and is only available for residents of Queensland.

Minimum registrations are required to commence the course.

Places are strictly limited to 14 participants, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

For further information or to register your interest, please contact John Gardner, ASI National Education Manager at johng@steel.org.au

ASI members

What's included

  • Open to residents of Queensland only

  • Wednesday nights from 21 Aug to 23 Oct

  • Places limited to 14 participants

  • TAFE QLD, Acacia Ridge 4110


What's included

  • Open to residents of Queensland only

  • Wednesday nights from 21 Aug to 23 Oct

  • Places limited to 14 participants

  • TAFE QLD, Acacia Ridge 4110