Summary: The class “Basic Measurement” offers an overview of common gaging and variable inspection tools and methods. Variable inspection takes a specific measurement using common devices such as calipers and micrometers. The sensitivity of the instrument must be greater than the measurement being taken. Both calipers and micrometers are read by finding the alignments in lines on the devices. Gages, such as gage blocks, plug gages, ring gages, and thread gages, reveal whether a dimension is acceptable or unacceptable without a specific quantity. All inspection devices should be properly mastered and maintained to retain accuracy.
One of the fundamental activities of any shop is the measurement of part features. Consistent measurement and inspection maintains standardization and ensures that out-of-tolerance parts do not reach customers. After taking this class, users should be able to describe the use and care of common inspection instruments and gages used in the production environment.
Summary: The class “Calibration Fundamentals” provides a basic introduction to the importance of calibrating measuring instruments. Calibration determines the accuracy of measuring instruments by comparing its value to a higher-level measurement standard, usually a working standard gage block. Measurement standards follow a hierarchy consisting of primary, secondary, and working standards. Traceability links these standards together. Measurement uncertainty estimates the accuracy of a measurement. It is the range in which the true value of a measurement is expected to lie.
High-accuracy parts require tight tolerances. Tighter tolerances require higher-accuracy measuring instruments. While uncertainty and error exists in every measurement, careful calibration can help to minimize inaccuracy when inspecting parts with measuring instruments. After taking this class, users should be able to explain how calibration and traceability impact the use and care of inspection devices.
Summary: "Intro to Mechanical Properties" provides a thorough introduction to key mechanical properties, such as tensile strength, hardness, ductility, and impact resistance. This class discusses how shear, compression, and tensile stress impact a material's properties, how force is shown on a stress-strain graph, and common methods manufacturers use to test a material's strength.
To make quality products, manufacturers must anticipate how a material responds to shaping and cutting forces and understand how that material will ultimately function once it reaches the customer. Evaluating a material's mechanical and physical properties is the first step to choosing reliable tooling and processing methods. After taking Intro to Mechanical Properties, users will know more about hardness, ductility, and strength, what materials exhibit these characteristics, and common methods a facility might use to test these qualities.
Summary: "Ferrous Metals" discusses the properties and applications of cast iron and steel, including an overview of plain carbon steel, stainless steel, and HSLA steels, along with an introduction to AISI-SAE designations. This course also describes gray, ductile, white, and malleable cast irons and their uses.
Ferrous metals have broad commercial and industrial applications due to their strength, versatility, and relatively low costs. Fasteners, automotive components, structural shapes, tooling, and even aircraft parts can be made with ferrous metals. Understanding the range of cast iron and steels available enables manufacturers to choose reliable raw materials and effective processing methods. After completing this course, users will be better equipped to evaluate materials and anticipate how ferrous metals will function in different environments.
Summary: The class “Welding Fumes and Gases Safety” helps students to understand the dangers of fume and gas generation in welding. The fume plume, a visible cloud of smoke rising from the molten metal, consists of complex metallic oxides and particles formed from the consumable and base metal. Shielding gases used in welding may also produce potentially harmful fumes. Exposure to fumes can be managed through engineering controls, ventilation, proper PPE, and adherence to exposure limits set by OSHA or other organizations.
After taking this class, the student will understand the potential dangers of welding fumes and gases, as well as the acute and chronic symptoms that may develop after overexposure. This class discusses how workplace practices and engineering controls can be used to control exposure, in addition to following Permissible Exposure Limits and using air-supplied respirators when necessary.
Summary: “Introduction to Welding” provides the foundational understanding of welding and welding processes on top of which process-specific knowledge and a more comprehensive understanding of welding in general is built. The class introduces the different welding processes as well as their general attributes and applications. In addition, it reviews joint and weld types, covers measurements which pertain to welding, discusses welding procedure specifications, and, finally, gives the user information on emerging welding practices and their effect on the practice of welding and the economy.“Introduction to Welding” builds foundational knowledge necessary for the educational development of any welder. Moreover, it exposes the user to conceptual ideas of welding theory and less-common welding practices such as laser welding.
Summary: “Introduction to Welding Processes” provides a comprehensive overview of the most commonly used welding processes, including oxyfuel welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, flux-cored arc welding, and shielded metal arc welding. In addition, it continues to develop students’ understanding of measurements in welding and covers the Welding Procedure Specification from writing through testing and finally use.This class continues to develop the general understanding of welding begun in “Introduction to Welding” with a more comprehensive overview of each of the most common welding processes. It covers welding variables and presents an in-depth discussion of welding discontinuities that is continued in “Overview of Weld Defects.”
Summary: “Material Tests for Welding” introduces users to the types and purposes of welding material tests. Welding materials are tested to evaluate their properties, examine for discontinuities, and ensure the project meets welding code specifications. Testing can be destructive or non-destructive. Testing can also be used to classify metals according to their carbon content.This class includes lessons on non-destructive testing methods such as visual inspection, radiographic, ultrasonic, penetrant, and magnetic particle tests. Users will also become familiar with destructive testing methods such as the macro-etch test, fillet weld break test, guided bend test, and transverse tension test. After completing this course, users will be able to identify common material tests, the practical applications of destructive and non-destructive methods, and the advantages and disadvantages of each method.
Summary: “Welding Ferrous Metals” defines ferrous metals, describes the common forms of ferrous metal, and discusses best welding practices for each. Each type of ferrous metal has different mechanical, physical, and chemical properties. Though all ferrous metals contain iron, their varying compositions require a number of different welding approaches.Ferrous metals are the most common metals that welders will encounter. Knowledge of ferrous metal types, composition, and best welding practices is crucial. After taking this class, welders should be able to identify the various ferrous metals, their properties, and the best welding practices for each type.
Summary: “Welding Nonferrous Metals” defines nonferrous metals, describes a range of nonferrous metals and their properties, and discusses best welding practices for each type. The nonferrous metal label encompasses a wide range of metals with varying mechanical and physical properties, all of which require different approaches when welding.Though less common than ferrous metals, nonferrous metals are used in a wide range of applications that require welding. Understanding nonferrous metals and their welding processes is essential for any welder. After completing this class, a user will be able to identify the various nonferrous metals, explain their properties, and describe the best welding approach for each type of metal.
Summary: The class “Overview of Weld Types” provides an overview of different joints and types of welds as well as their applications. Common weld types such as fillet and groove welds, as well as combination, plug, slot, spot, and seam welds, are discussed. In addition, the different parts of a weld and different welding positions are reviewed. Finally, the class covers the requirements of a variety of joints. A short lesson on weld discontinuities is also included in order to introduce the concept to the user.“Overview of Weld Types” helps to build a solid foundation for advanced welding techniques as well as more comprehensive reviews of specific welding processes. After taking the class, users should have a good general understanding of the names and functions of different joints, weld types, welding positions, and joint requirements.
Summary: “Welding Symbols and Codes” describes how welding blueprints represent welding requirements. A weld is represented in a blueprint using a welding symbol. Welding symbols, which were created by the American Welding Society, include a reference line, arrow element, weld symbol or symbols, tail, and weld dimensions. When needed, the welding symbol will also have supplementary symbols and finish symbols.The welding symbol includes various components on the reference line to show the characteristics of the weld and provide specific instructions to the welder. After taking this class, users should be able to explain the many types of welding symbols and their characteristics, as well as the welding codes and specifications used in the welding industry.
Summary: “Electrical Power for Arc Welding” explains the basic principles of electricity and the effect that electricity has on arc welding processes. Electricity travels in closed circuits. A basic circuit consists of a source, path, load, and control. Current is the flow of electricity. Voltage is the force that pushes current through a circuit. Resistance opposes current flow, but also makes it possible for electricity to perform work. Electrical work is called wattage. In welding circuits, the resistance of the arc converts electricity into light and heat, which melts the base metals.After taking this class, users will have a foundational understanding of electricity, electrical variables, and how electricity is used in arc welding. This will prepare users for welding, since every welder must understand basic electrical concepts to work with the arc and the welding equipment that produces the arc.
Summary: “Introduction to GMAW” provides a comprehensive overview of the gas metal arc welding process and its equipment. GMAW is a semi-automatic or automatic process that uses a consumable electrode and a shielding gas. GMAW equipment includes a power source, wire electrode, wire feeder, shielding gas, and welding gun. GMAW typically uses a constant voltage power source and direct current electrode positive polarity (DCEP). In GMAW, there are several modes of metal transfer: short circuit, globular, and axial spray.GMAW is one of the most popular arc welding processes. Because it is semi-automatic or automatic, it is also one of the easiest to learn. After taking this class, users will be familiar with GMAW equipment and the various modes of metal transfer. This information provides the foundation necessary to learn how to perform GMAW. A good understanding of GMAW is also helpful when learning about related types of welding such as gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW).
Summary: “Introduction to SMAW” covers the basic theories and practices of shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), as well as common operational procedures. SMAW is a welding process that uses shielding to protect the weld from contamination. SMAW is one of the most common arc welding processes in the world because of its simplicity, versatility, affordability, and suitability for most applications. SMAW requires a range of specialized equipment, specific electrodes, and knowledge of a number of safety precautions.After taking “Intro to SMAW,” welders will know how to safely handle, prepare, and operate SMAW equipment. They will know also have a basic understanding of how to perform an SMAW weld.
Summary: "Introduction to FCAW" provides a comprehensive overview of the flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) process and its equipment. FCAW is a semi-automatic or automatic process that is divided into self-shielded flux-cored arc welding (FCAW-S) and gas-shielded flux-cored arc welding (FCAW-G). Both FCAW-S and FCAW-G use a consumable, tubular electrode that is filled with flux-materials. FCAW equipment includes a constant voltage power source, wire electrode, wire feeder, welding gun, and, if appropriate, a shielding gas.Understanding the basic theory and process of FCAW is essential to using it successfully. After taking this class, users will be familiar with FCAW equipment and be able to distinguish between different methods and materials. Users will also be able to identify the performance characteristics, operating requirements, and finished weld properties of FCAW electrodes. This information provides the foundation necessary to perform FCAW successfully and safely.
Summary: "Introduction to GTAW” defines gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), describes the tools used in GTAW, and discusses the various factors that should be considered when using GTAW. GTAW, or TIG welding, is a precise welding process that uses a nonconsumable tungsten electrode and inert shielding gas. GTAW can be used on a wide variety of metals, and can be performed manually or with the use of semi-automated or totally automated systems.GTAW gives the welder increased control over the weld, which allows for the fabrication of stronger and higher quality welds. The process can be complex and requires practice to master, but the improved weld quality is vital to certain applications. By the end of this class, users will be able to define GTAW, identify the tools used in GTAW, and describe the various GTAW processes and applications.
Summary: "Thermal Cutting Overview" provides a comprehensive introduction to the four most common industrial thermal cutting processes. Oxyfuel cutting uses a fuel gas flame that is mixed with pure oxygen. Air-carbon arc cutting uses heat generated by an electrical arc. Plasma cutting ionizes a high-powered stream of gas to create a plasma arc. Laser cutting severs metal with a highly concentrated and focused laser beam.Understanding the basic theories behind the four widely used methods of thermal cutting is essential to using them successfully. After taking this class, users will be able to distinguish between different thermal cutting methods as well as identify the equipment used for each. Users will also be able to identify the performance characteristics and safety considerations for these thermal cutting processes. This information provides the necessary information to perform thermal cutting methods successfully and safely.
Summary: "Intro to OSHA" provides an introduction to the purpose of OSHA and how its standards and guidelines affect employers and employees. Most U.S. workplaces are covered by OSHA, and its existence has greatly improved workplace safety. Some industries are not covered by OSHA, however, and some states have safety programs that take the place of OSHA. OSHA standards are enforceable by law. Compliance with OSHA standards is enforced by inspections and record keeping, which have specific steps and requirements. Employers and employees have different rights and responsibilities regarding OSHA standards.
Both employers and employees benefit from basic knowledge about OSHA's purpose, standards, and practices. Violations of OSHA standards are punishable by law and render the workplace unsafe for all personnel. A basic awareness of the standards, rights, and responsibilities will help employees to bolster workplace safety as well as keep the workplace legally compliant.
Summary: The class “Personal Protective Equipment” introduces the purpose and uses of personal protective equipment (PPE). As defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), PPE minimizes exposure to hazards and helps prevent injury. In order to select appropriate PPE, employers must first evaluate the workplace with a hazard assessment. PPE may be categorized by the area of the body it protects. PPE is available in several types, designs, and materials. Every employer is responsible for providing the appropriate PPE for workers who require it, and it is every employee's responsibility to properly wear and use PPE.
OSHA does not often specify which types of PPE should be worn, but requires that employers train each employee in proper use and retrain when PPE changes or if PPE is used improperly. After taking this class, users should be able to describe OSHA regulations regarding personal protective equipment and how they impact day-to-day operations in the workplace.
Summary: In the class "Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation," students will learn about the effects of sound and noise on the body and how to protect themselves from related injuries. Occupational hearing loss is preventable through hearing conservation.The two main types of hearing loss are conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss. Hearing loss may be caused by excess noise, hereditary factors, certain drugs, or illnesses. When excessive noise is present, employees must be provided with hearing protection. Using proper hearing protection will help ensure that ears remain capable of detecting important and subtle sound changes.Students enrolled in this course will learn various ways to protect their hearing and why preventative measures should be taken to avoid hearing damage. They will be able to describe OSHA regulations regarding noise levels and hearing conservation and the impact had on daily operations in the workplace.
Summary: "Lockout/Tagout Procedures" details the OSHA requirements and best practices for preventing accidental startup during maintenance and repair. It addresses electrical power and the many other forms of energy that a machine or device may use. All forms of energy must be successfully restrained or dissipated in order for safe maintenance. "Lockout/Tagout Procedures" describes using a lockout device that prevents unauthorized access of the energy-isolating mechanism. OSHA has strict requirements for lockout and tagout devices, which must be standardized, easily recognized warning signs. Users will learn OSHA's specific steps for all parts of the control of hazardous energy, from shutdown to startup, including defining authorized vs. affected employees.Following proper lockout/tagout procedures is essential to preventing employee injuries and fatalities. All employees must be familiar with lockout/tagout in order to prevent the dangers of accidental machine startup.
Summary: "SDS and Hazard Communication" focuses on communication methods about hazardous workplace substances and how they increase employee awareness and safety. Education, labeling, data collection, testing, and other communication methods detail the dangers of specific chemicals and offer methods of protection from physical and health hazards. OSHA requires that employers establish a written hazard communication program to communicate employee responsibilities, standard implementation, chemical hazards, and safety measures. Hazard communication programs must include a chemical inventory, specific labeling, SDS for each individual chemical, and training.After taking this class, users will be able to describe OSHA regulations regarding hazardous materials and SDS and their impact on daily workplace operations. Understanding these regulations is critical in maintaining workplace safety and efficient operation.
Summary: "Walking and Working Surfaces" will inform employees of the ways they can decrease the risks of injury and death regarding walking and working surfaces by following the guidelines as provided by OSHA. Hazards exist when people or objects may fall from one level to another through various openings such as floor and wall openings, floor and wall holes, platforms, or runways. All openings must be guarded by devices such as railings, covers, and toeboards. Standards regarding the construction, dimension, and usage of stairs, ladders, scaffolding, and manually propelled ladder stands are also set by OSHA. Failing to use and maintain walking and working surfaces correctly can result in serious injury. After taking this course, employees will be able to describe OSHA regulations covering safe practices with walking and working surfaces and how following those regulations will positively impact daily operations in the workplace.
Summary: The class “Fire Safety and Prevention” examines common workplace fire safety procedures. Fires, no matter how small, should be reported immediately. Buildings are equipped with extinguishing systems that actuate an alarm and discharge an extinguishing agent to control advanced stage fires. Portable fire extinguishers are available for extinguishing incipient stage fires using the P.A.S.S. technique. Employees not authorized to fight the fire should evacuate immediately.
Employers should create an emergency action plan that dictates the procedures to be carried out in the event of an emergency. In the event of a fire, employees should stay calm, follow procedures, and go directly to assembly areas. Employers must account for all employees and provide first aid until medical services arrive. After taking this class, users will be able to describe OSHA regulations regarding fire safety and how they impact day-to-day operations in the workplace.
Summary: "Safety for Lifting Devices" covers the different pieces of lifting equipment that may be used in the workplace and the safest ways to work with those pieces of equipment. Overhead cranes and hoists are used for lifting heavy loads. Other lifting devices include slings, portable lifting stands, gantry cranes, and derricks. Extra equipment is necessary to secure loads to lifting devices. This equipment must be inspected daily for excessive wear and damage.
Understanding how to maintain and operate lifting devices will allow future operators and employers to work with lifting devices safely and effectively. After taking this class, students will be able to describe the proper steps necessary to safely lift and transport materials within the work environment.
Summary: "Powered Industrial Truck Safety" provides an overview of safety topics related to forklifts and other PITs. OSHA has many standards surrounding the use of PITs in the workplace for operators, non-operators, attended vehicles, and unattended vehicles. OSHA also has detailed training requirements for PIT operators. To safely operate a PIT, operators must understand basic principles of stability, including the concepts of a fulcrum and centers of gravity. Operators must also be aware of the weight and shape of loads and what individual vehicles are capable of handling.Powered industrial trucks are a common source of workplace accidents, so a strong knowledge of how to safely operate and work with PITs is crucial for any environment where they are used. PIT accidents can lead to property and inventory damage as well as employee injury. Operators should know how to avoid OSHA violations and how to handle a load without tipping the vehicle.
Summary: "Lean Manufacturing Overview" provides an introduction to the principles and terminology of lean strategies, including a discussion of the seven forms of waste, the definition of value-added, the difference between push and pull systems, and the importance of continuous improvement. This class also highlights other quality concepts, such as single minute exchange of dies (SMED), inventory reduction, and Five S.Lean manufacturing approaches help companies optimize their processes through organization and waste reduction. Although change can be a challenge, more efficient, streamlined processes will ultimately lead to improved customer satisfaction. This class outlines the foundational concepts and vocabulary that every practitioner needs when beginning, or continuing, a lean initiative.
Summary: "ISO 9000 Overview" provides an introduction to the key components and requirements of ISO 9001:2008. This class discusses the standard's eight sections, along with describing the role of a Quality Management System (QMS) and ISO 9001:2008's connection to other standards in the ISO 9000 series. "ISO 9000 Overview" also outlines the steps to registration, the auditing process, and the importance of continuous improvement.
ISO 9001:2008 is an internationally recognized standard that outlines the requirements of an effective, organized quality system. Many organizations are becoming ISO 9001:2008 certified to prove their commitment to product quality and customer service. Although streamlining documentation and implementing change can be a challenge, ISO 9001:2008 can create a more goal-oriented, connected, and efficient organization. This class helps new practitioners familiarize themselves with ISO 9001:2008's structure, content, and purpose in quality management.
Summary: "Five S Overview" provides a thorough introduction to the purpose and process of 5S quality initiatives. This class includes separate discussions on each of the five steps, along with information on challenges, advantages, and possible assessment tools.Many companies implement quality initiatives to improve operations and eliminate waste. 5S is a quality method that promotes organization, efficiency, and team work through several sequential steps. After completing this class, users will understand the value of each 5S step and be better equipped to execute and evaluate 5S.
Summary: This course is designed to teach the basic tools used in a lean culture when problem solving. The course is designed around a factory simulation where the participants will learn how to apply lean tools in a hands-on manner. Each participant will be responsible for tracking performance through visual factory methods. As the day progresses, lean tools are taught and applied to the process. This class is the first stage in an organization’s lean transformation. It is designed to bring all levels of the organization together in a fun and fast-pace exercise, where rank and file is left outside the room. This class should be used to help create a hunger and a passion for continuous improvement. Participants will leave excited to go to the next stage of the transformation.
Summary: Lean concepts have been adopted by many successful manufacturing companies as a way to reduce costs, satisfy customers, and increase profitability. The process of "becoming lean" may mean a company-wide transformation from current operating style. This course offers a methodology for linking the goals and metrics of a project or initiative to a company's strategic goals and metrics and provides the basis for tracking the effectiveness of lean initiatives.
Summary: Measurement, Inspection, and Gaging Level 1 provides fundamental lessons in proper interpretation of engineering drawings used in inspection of parts which have geometric controls applied per ANSI Y14.5. This course presents methods for developing and improving inspection skills. Through review of technical reports, examination of standards and evaluation, recommendation and incorporation of measurement equipment manufacturers practices, participants will learn how to optimize inspection equipment and reduce inappropriate measurement procedures.
Summary: The purpose of this course is to provide an overall introduction and review of manufacturing processes, equipment, and process capabilities, with a strong emphasis on product design, material, process, and equipment selection. Major issues in modern manufacturing and global competition will also be discussed. Non-engineers who work in a manufacturing environment will benefit from understanding how a product is manufactured.
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