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Metalworking: Welding Technology

duration: 3.5 years


The metalworker's world revolves around metals, tools and machinery. The range of assignments is varied and includes the machining of metals, the manufacturing of components, semi-finished and finished products, the design and assembly of machinery and tools, controlling and supervising of automated manufacturing equipment and machines, etc.

Using tools and computer-controlled equipment, the metalworker machines different kinds of ferrous and nonferrous metals, synthetic and other materials, manufactures devices, machine parts, tools, steel components, casings, vehicle parts, facade elements, gates, railings etc. Techniques such as forging, welding, soldering, bending, filing, cutting, machining etc. are typically applied.

The syllabus includes:

  • material properties, different types of machining and processing, using auxiliary materials
  • learning how to machine material manually, and how to use equipment for turning, milling, cutting, bending, forging, welding
  • learning how to read, use and create technical documents such as sketches, drawings, user manuals etc.
  • fabricate, assemble, adjust and test standard parts and components
  • surface protection and heat treatment for different materials
  • learn how to properly handle electricity, hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • learn how to operate the hardware and software used in-house

Focus: Welding Technology

  • preparing edges for welding
  • learn how to apply different welding techniques (e.g. metal arc welding, oxyacetylene welding), prepare and finish weld seams
  • testing of weld seams using non-destructive and destructive methods (e.g. visual inspection, tensile, bending and pressure testing, ultrasound and X-ray testing) and correcting of welding defects
  • soldering

What does the training include?

  • Practical training in the apprentice workshop during first year of apprenticeship
  • job rotation in the workshop on a four-monthly basis
  • attending events organized by the EBNER Apprentice Academy

Vocational School

  • 10-week course including boarding school
  • Berufsschule Wels 1, 4600 Wels, Linzerstraße 85

Erik Mager

"This is now my third year of apprenticeship at EBNER. I am about to be qualified as a universal welder and have not regretted my decision once. I have learned that welding is actually a quite complicated and difficult job, but at the same time very challenging and rewarding. In addition to the excellent professional education I have been offered here, great emphasis is placed on the personal and social development of the trainees, as well as their ability to work in a team. The trainees are also offered English and Math classes, so they can deepen their basic knowledge in these areas as well. I am especially impressed with the interesting job opportunities I will have here once I finish my apprenticeship program."

Erik Mager

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