James Turner Institute of Welding Technology
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The James Turner Institute of Welding Technology at Central Piedmont Community College is focused on being the leader in workforce development for the Charlotte area and region. Our skilled faculty works closely with local and regional industry to provide highly customizable training programs to enhance the employee's skills and create a pipeline of talent for future growth.
Welding Department and Lab
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Blacks and Tans
The Black and Tans is an artisan based Student club that promotes an interdisciplinary approach to blacksmithing, jewelry making, metal sculpture, metal casting and other means of traditional metal working techniques. This club also promotes the unique cultures and historical metal working roots of all people. As with other CPCC Student clubs the Black and Tans are concerned with the greater good of our college, our community and our world.
A member of the Welding Technology Department in the Applied Technology Division is available to answer questions, provide assistance and advise students on course selection. Contact us today to learn more about the Welding Technology program at Central Piedmont Community College.
Depending on the business needs of our industry partners, our instructors can customize a training program that elevates the knowledge and skills of a group of employees providing flexibility in scheduling, dedicated workspaces, accommodation of small and larger groups and accredited testing at the completion of the program. Our welding department and lab as well as our certified faculty can provide training programs in the following areas:
GMAW (MIG) - lab accommodates up to 20 individuals.
SMAW (Stick) - lab accommodates up to 30 individuals.
GTAW (TIG) - lab accommodates up to 30 individuals.
FCAW (Fluxcored) - lab accommodates up to 20 individuals.
Oxy-Fuel - 12 dedicated booths for oxy-fuel welding, brazing and soldering.
Robotic/Automated - two welding robots, two orbital welders and a CNC ESAB plasma cutting table.
Blueprint Reading - dedicated room for instruction in blueprint reading.
Cutting Plasma - separate areas for cutting with air carbon arc, oxy-fuel and plasma.
Metallurgy - new dedicated lab with testing equipment, including visual, microscopes, x-ray, ultrasonic, magnetic particle, charpy impact, tensile, eddy current, dye penetrant and hardness testing.
HE & M Band Saws (2)
Large Plate Cutting Shear (1)
Iron Worker (1)
Drill Presses (2)
Milling Machine (1)
Bead Blast Unit (1)
Acorn Fabrication Tables
Our advisory board is composed of industry leaders who partner with Central Piedmont Community College and the Welding department to promote curriculum enhancements, to acquire innovative technology and equipment, and to provide advice and counsel on industry trends and standards. We are grateful to the following companies for their continued support:
- Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI)
- The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
- Machine and Welding
- Hartford Steam and Boiler Inspection
- Piedmont Natural Gas
For more information about our Advisory Board and partnering with Central Piedmont Community College Institute of Welding Technology, contact Steve Gore at email@example.com or 704.330.4429.
The James Turner Institute of Welding Technology is located on Central Piedmont Community College's Harper Campus at 315 Hebron Street, Charlotte, NC 28273.
The James Turner Institute of Weld Technology is accredited by the American Welding Society to offer AWS certified welder testing in accordance with AWS D1.1 and other codes and standards.
CPCC's welding program is also registered with the AWS Sense initiative (Schools Excelling through National Skills Standards Education). This program provides guidelines for academic skill standards for the training and qualification of welding processes. Students may advance through three levels, emerging prepared and ready for today's workforce.
AWS Certified welder testing is available upon demand, to include various materials, processes and configurations.
Here at the Harper Campus we hold AWS welding certification testing the third Friday of each month. For more information or to help with scheduling your test you may contact Ray Sosko at 704.330.4487 or John McPherson at 704- 330-4429.
The most common tests taken are 3/8" plate and 6" pipe with stick rods, however, there are many more available. We prepare the pipe by turning the bevel on the lathe, and the plate by saw cutting the angle. The welder is responsible for the remaining coupon preparation before welding starts: cleaning off any mill scale and setting the lands at the root opening with your own grinders or file. Grinding, power wire brushing or other mechanical cleaning is permitted during welding under most codes, but not under the D1.5 Bridge Code.
The main items that we need to know to select the proper test for you are:
Job Type: There are many different AWS codes and code books for specialties such as Structural Carbon Steel - D1.1, Structural Sheet Steel D1.3, Bridges - D1.5, all the way up to Aerospace D17.1 Other codes that we can not easily test for, such as Section IX of ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code or the American Petroleum Institute API 1104 may govern the job.
Metal alloy: Low carbon steel, High Carbon (tool) steel, high carbon to low carbon, stainless, or other more exotic metals.
Metal thickness: Test are normally good for double the thickness tested, so a standard 3/8" plate will qualify for up to 3/4", weld testing on 1" plate or schedule 80 pipe will qualify for unlimited thickness, 1/8" is the minimum certified thickness for non-sheet metal tests.
Metal type: Sheet metal up to 10 gauge, plate 3/8" to 1", 2" or 6" diameter Schedule 80 pipe or tubing.
Joint Type: Fillet weld, groove with backing, open root groove.
Position: Flat, horizontal, vertical up, and/or overhead for plate, vertical, horizontal or 45 degree angle for pipe. The all-position certifications for carbon steel require either two plates (vertical & overhead) or one 45 degree pipe.
Qualified Welding Procedure: The AWS has 62 different prequalified Standard Welding Procedure Specifications (SWPS) to choose from, and there are many more privately developed and qualified procedures that are treated as proprietary Trade Secrets.
Process: GTAW (TIG), SMAW (stick), FCAW (flux core MIG), GMAW (MIG) spray transfer, or a combination. ***Please Note: There is NO AWS certification for GMAW-S (short circuit MIG), except in sheet metal, or as a root pass followed by another process for plate and pipe.***
Once we have determined the best procedure to test on, then you can practice for that test.
There is a wealth of information and photographs on the certification process at http://gowelding.org/Welding_Certification.html
You must call the registration desk at 704-330-4223 with the class and section number set up for that month to prepay in order to ensure a space for each person tested. If we do not have a confirmation within 48 hours of the class, the section may be cancelled.
A: This is a practical welding test only; there is no classroom time. The first hour will be dedicated to instruction in safety and review of the applicable Welding Procedure Specification (WPS) governing your test. You will have a chance to familiarize yourself with the machine and the settings. One hour maximum.
A: You may view the prices associated with CPCC’s AWS welding certification here. [see "Testing Fees" link] Please note, prices may change depending on the market price for materials.
A: Please know the type of certification you would like to test for prior to calling to set up an appointment. Consult your company’s welding engineer, quality control engineer or QA manager for the proper test. If you are self-employed, please conduct research to ensure the certification matches the work you will be performing. Also consider other qualifications that may cover the positions you will be welding.
A: The testing inspector’s or test supervisor’s primary function is to document each step as is performed , and witness and verify that the welding test is being conducted according to the rule and regulation of AWS D1.1:2010 Structural Steel Welding Code, and AWS D1.3-98 Structural Steel Sheet Welding Code. The testing inspector will not give welding lessons or conduct class.
A: Please be prepared to bring and/or use the following items during your welding test:
A: You will learn if you passed the test the same day as your test; however, AWS will receive your application, test results and $30 registration fee, paid by CPCC, up to two weeks AFTER your certification test. Expect to receive your qualification card and supply of certification maintenance forms from the AWS Certification Department in four to six weeks.
A: According to the official AWS website www.aws.org your certification remains valid as long as you submit your certification maintenance forms http://www.aws.org/w/a/certification/index.html?id=7zVrhzbi every six months as required by the Code of Acceptance that governed your test. As long as you can verify (have your employer sign the form) that you are still performing the same welding as you originally tested for, your certification remains in effect.
A: Testing for 2013/2014 will be on the following dates; 8/23, 9/13, 10/11, 11/8, 12/6, 1/17, 2/7, 3/7, 4/11, 5/9. Please contact the AWS Testing Coordinators, Ray Sosko at 704-330-4487 firstname.lastname@example.org or John McPherson at 704.330.4426 email@example.com, for more information.
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