Welding Merit Badge Requirements and Worksheet


Welding Merit Badge

Welding Merit Badge

March, 2012

Requirements for the Welding merit badge:

  1. Do the following:
    1. Explain to your counselor the hazards you are most likely to encounter while welding, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, or lessen these hazards.
    2. Show that you know first aid for, and the prevention of, injuries or illnesses that could occur while welding, including electrical shock, eye injuries, burns, fume inhalation, dizziness, skin irritation, and exposure to hazardous chemicals, including filler metals and welding gases.
  2. Do the following:
    1. With your counselor, discuss general safety precautions and Material Safety Data Sheets related to welding. Explain the importance of the MSDS.
    2. Describe the appropriate safety gear and clothing that must be worn when welding. Then, present yourself properly dressed for welding—in protective equipment, clothing, and footwear.
    3. Explain and demonstrate the proper care and storage of welding equipment, tools, and protective clothing and footwear.
  3. Explain the terms welding, electrode, slag, and oxidation. Describe the welding process, how heat is generated, what kind of filler metal is added (if any), and what protects the molten metal from the atmosphere.
  4. Name the different mechanical and thermal cutting methods. Choose one method and describe how to use the process. Discuss one advantage and one limitation of this process.
  5. Do the following:
    1. Select two welding processes, and make a list of the different components of the equipment required for each process. Discuss one advantage and one limitation for each process.
    2. Choose one welding process. Set up the process you have chosen, including gas regulators, work clamps, cables, filler materials, and equipment settings. Have your counselor inspect and approve the area for the welding process you have chosen.
  6. After successfully completing requirements 1 through 5, use the equipment you prepared for the welding process in 5b to do the following:
    1. Using a metal scribe or soapstone, sketch your initial onto a metal plate, and weld a bead on the plate following the pattern of your initial.
    2. Cover a small plate (approximately 3” x 3” x ¼”) with weld beads side by side.
    3. Tack two plates together in a square groove butt joint.
    4. Weld the two plates together from 6c on both sides.
    5. Tack two plates together in a T joint, have your counselor inspect it, then weld a T joint with fillet weld on both sides.
    6. Tack two plates together in a lap joint, have your counselor inspect it, then weld a lap joint with fillet weld on both sides.
  7. Do the following:
    1. Find out about three career opportunities in the welding industry. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why the profession might interest you.
    2. Discuss the role of the American Welding Society in the welding profession.


Welding Worksheet



Comments:
 Feb 24, 2012 - mark balton
Thank you for finally coming up with a welding badge!  I could have used this 38-39 years ago.  Manufactures are in need of people in welding.  Just to know a young man may have this training will make them more valuable.  The requirement are good for scout aged boys.  Great job!!
Jul 09, 2012 - Gene Ramsey
Very very nice.  Requirements very close to my lesson plans for my 8th grade technology students. This is going to turn some Scouts on.  This badge promotes the learning of dicipline, concentration on task, thinking and observing.  Also responsibility, as the result of their work will have implications to the persons having the use of what they make or repair.Very important addition to the badge opportunites for Scouts.
Sep 25, 2012 - Bob Osterloh
As a scout I appreciate these merit badges online, however how can I contact counselors for merit badges.
Oct 10, 2012 - kevin pearson
Check with your council. I am signed up as a welding and metal working merit badge counselor in the Fort Vancouver District. I have a small home shop and worked in the mechanical trades. I am not a great welder but I do know how to inspect a weld and have the equipment to weld and cut with.

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