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WELDING AND METAL FABRICATION employs a unique hands-on, project-based learning strategy to teach welding skills effectively and keep students highly motivated. This groundbreaking new text connects each welding technique to a useful and creative take-home project, making exercises both practical and personal for students—and avoiding the tedium of traditional, repetitive welding practices. To further enhance the learning process, every welding project includes a set of prints with specifications, like those used in production fabrication shops. This full-featured approach to skill-building reflects the reality of professional welding, where following prints and instructions precisely and laying out, cutting out, and assembling weldment accurately are just as essential as high-quality welding. The included projects are small to conserve materials during the learning process, but detailed instructions and abundant photos and illustrations guide students through a wide range of fabrication skills. Key steps and techniques within the small projects are also linked to larger projects presented at the end of each chapter, enabling students to apply what they have learned by fabricating and welding something more substantial. This thorough, reader-friendly text also covers relevant academics, such as shop math and measurement, and prepares students for real-world success by having them document their time and materials for each project and prepare a detailed invoice.

Larry Jeffus, Eastfield College (Emeritus)

Larry Jeffus is a welder with over 55 years of welding experience, and he has his own well-equipped welding shop. In his welding career he has passed many welding certification tests in a wide variety of processes, positions, and on many different material types and thicknesses. Larry has provided welding and professional consulting services locally, nationally, and internationally to major corporations, small businesses, government agencies, schools, colleges, and individuals. He is a Life Member of the American Welding Society. Larry Jeffus has over forty years experience as a dedicated classroom teacher and is the author of several Delmar Cengage Learning welding publications. Prior to retiring from teaching, Professor Jeffus taught at Eastfield College, part of the Dallas County Community College District. Since retiring from full-time teaching, he remains very active in the welding community, especially in the field of education. He serves on several welding program technical advisory committees and has visited high school, college, and technical campuses in more than forty states and four foreign countries. Professor Jeffus was selected as Outstanding Post-Secondary Technical Educator in the State of Texas by the Texas Technical Society. Professor Jeffus has served for 12 years as a board member on the Texas Workforce Investment Council in the Texas Governor's office where he works to develop a skilled workforce and bring economic development to the state. He served as a member of the Apprenticeship Project Leadership Team where he helped establish apprenticeship training programs for Texas, and he has made numerous trips to Washington lobbying for vocational and technical education. Larry Jeffus holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and has completed post graduate studies.
  • Small, creative projects designed to conserve materials enable students to develop a wide range of welding fabrication skills and remain highly motivated.
  • Incorporates detailed coverage of print reading, layout, cutting, fabricating, welding, and finishing techniques which make the learning process more interesting while allowing students to develop all of the skills essential for success as a professional welding fabricator.
  • Each welding project concludes with three forms to give students experience preparing the kinds of documents used in real-world welding fabrication shops: a time sheet listing hours spent on each task, a bill of materials with a complete parts list, and an invoice outlining the project cost, including material, labor, and markup.
  • In addition to in-depth coverage of the most commonly used welding processes, chapters on welding safety, shop math, reading technical drawings, welding joint design, welding symbols, shop practices, and welding certification help students develop a broad knowledge base and prepare for professional success.
  • Both the small, skill-building projects and the larger, chapter-ending projects feature detailed instructions with numerous illustrations, supporting both group work and individualized, self-paced instruction.
1. Introduction.
2. Welding Safety.
3. Shop Math.
4. Reading Technical Drawings.
5. Welding Joint Design, Welding Symbols.
6. Fabricating Techniques and Practices.
7. Welding Shop Practices.
8. Shielded Metal Arc Equipment, Setup, and Operation.
9. Shielded Metal Arc Welding Plate.
10. Shielded Metal Arc Welding Pipe.
11. Gas Metal Arc Welding Equipment and Materials.
12. Gas Metal Arc Welding.
13. Flux Core Arc Welding Equipment and Materials.
14. Flux Core Arc Welding.
15. Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Equipment and Materials.
16. Gas Tungsten Arc Welding.
17. Oxyfuel Welding and Cutting Equipment, Setup, and Operation.
18. Oxyacetylene Welding.
19. Soldering, Brazing, and Braze Welding Processes.
20. Soldering and Brazing.
21. Oxyacetylene Cutting.
22. Plasma Arc Cutting.
23. Arc Cutting, Gouging, and Related Cutting Processes.
24. Other Welding Processes.
25. Welding Automation and Robotics.
26. Filler Metal Selection.
27. Welding Metallurgy.
28. Weldability of Metals.
29. Welder Certification.
30. Testing and Inspecting Welds.

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  • ISBN-10: 1133483577
  • ISBN-13: 9781133483571
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  • ISBN-10: 1418013749
  • ISBN-13: 9781418013745
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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Instructor's Resource

ISBN: 9781418013776
The Instructor Resources CD includes computerized test questions keyed to each chapter in the text, an image library with images from the text, a PowerPoint presentation for each chapter, and an electronic version of the Instructor's Manual.

Study Guide

ISBN: 9781418013752
Includes quizzes, figure labeling exercises, additional exercises and projects.


Study Guide

ISBN: 9781418013752