Fabrication and Welding for Engineers Queensland

TAFE QLD

Structural Steel Fabrication and Welding for Engineers

TAFE QLD

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 experience. This course is subsidised by TAFE QLD and is open to residents of Queensland only.

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

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.

Dates and location

  • Tuesday nights from 4 October to 29 November, 5pm to 8pm each night
  • TAFE Queensland, 247 Bradman Street, Acacia Ridge, QLD 4110

Guest Speakers

  • Non Destructive Testing (NDT) expert will deliver a demonstration on 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

Study and reference material provided

  • An Engineers Guide to Fabricating Steel Structures: Volume 1: Fabrication methods
  • An Engineers Guide to Fabricating Steel Structures: Volume 2: Successful Welding of Steel Structures

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”

Registrations close Friday 30 September 2022

Places are limited so make your booking now

For further information contact John Gardner johng@steel.org.au or 0418 788 870

ASI Members

What's included

  • Open to residents of Queensland only

  • Tuesday nights from 4 Oct to 29 Nov

  • Places limited to 14 participants

  • TAFE QLD, Acacia Ridge 4110

Non-members

What's included

  • Open to residents of Queensland only

  • Tuesday nights from 4 Oct to 29 Nov

  • Places limited to 14 participants

  • TAFE QLD, Acacia Ridge 4110