Beginning Welding

This isn't your typical lecture class. You don't just take notes and go home. This is active learning at its best! Thus our motto: Safety... Safety... Safety.

    This hands-on course emphasizes "keeping your cool". All right - there's a lot more than that. Here's a sample of some of the most valuable information, aside from always wash your hands, you will ever learn. 

    • Proper gear for safe welding.
    • Learn the use/care/storage of gas cylinders.
    • Choosing the right metal for success.
    • How to identify different types of metal.
    • The fundamentals of MIG, TIG, ARC, and oxy-acetylene welding.
    • How-to trouble shoot the common problems.

    Class Details:

    • Location: C1B29 Duane Physics Building (main level, west hall)
    • Cost: $200 payable via cash/check/IN on the first day of class.
    • Classes are small - up to 6 students per class.
    • All materials and safety gear are provided.
    • Classes are one-week sessions scheduled either 8:00-10:00 am or 1:00-3:00 pm Monday through Friday.
    • Classes are offered year-round; scheduled each semester - fall, spring and summer.
    • Full attendance the week of class mandatory.
    • Upon completion, students receive a Risk Management Safety Card which grants full use of the facilities during open-shop hours

    Students must be at least 20 years or older to take the class; age verification may be required.

    Machine Shop and Technology Safety

    Class Description

    This isn't you typical lecture class. You don't just take notes and go home. This is active learning at its best.

    Thus our motto: Safety... Safety... Safety.

    This hands-on course emphasizes keeping your hands on! All right - there's a lot more than that. Here's a sample of some of the most valuable information, next to putting your tools away when your done, you will ever learn.

    • Care and use of those big, powerful milling and lathe machines.Students in the Machine Shop
    • How to talk machinist 'shop' talk.
    • Some very good how-to's.
    • Trouble shooting when it comes to the all-important (yet always overlooked) art of measuring.
    • The "ins and out's" of shop, vises, micrometers, depth gages, calipers to name just a few.
    • Choosing the right material for the perfect outcome.

    Class Details:

    • Location: C1B29 Duane Physics Building (main level, west hall)
    • Cost: $200 payable via cash/check/IN on the first day of class.More Sudents in Machine Shop
    • Classes are small - up to 6 students per class.
    • All materials and safety gear are provided.
    • Classes are one-week sessions scheduled either 8:00-10:00 am Monday through Friday.
    •  Classes are offered year-round; scheduled each semester - fall, spring and summer.
    • Full attendance the week of class mandatory.
    •  Upon completion, students receive a Risk Management Safety Card which grants full use of the facilities during open-shop hours.

    Students must be at least 20 years or older to take the class; age verification may be required.

    2-axis CNC Milling Class

    The Physics Trades Teaching Lab is now offering a new course: 2-axis CNC Milling. The course will consist of ten hours of instruction: (5) two-hour sessions. Instruction will include; importing CAD solid models, changing 3-D solid geometry into 2-D toolpaths, drilling bolt hole patterns, circle milling, contouring and machining pockets. The class will use MasterCam (computer aided manufacturing) software to generate the machine code for the CNC mill. Class size will be two people per class. Textbook, class handouts, tooling and materials are provided in the course fee. People passing the course will get access to the shop's CNC mill during open machine hours. If you want to take the class, you must meet the following requirements: 

    1. You must be an employee of the University of Colorado Boulder (faculty, graduate students, staff or PRA's).
    2. You must have completed the PTTL machine shop technology course.
    3. You must demonstrate to the instructor that you are competent at running a manual vertical milling machine safely.