U/Linc Curriculum

U/LINC is the welding industry’s most comprehensive curriculum solution, designed to supercharge your teaching experience and free you from curriculum development.

Now more than ever, up and coming welders need the best training possible

The manufacturing landscape of the 21st century is defined by increasingly high standards of quality, productivity, efficiency and regulatory compliance. With skilled welders continually aging out of the workforce, students of the trade at the high school, trade school and college levels require the best possible training to fill in the skills gap.

Lincoln Electric is well positioned to help educators provide that training. As a result of our longstanding relationship with industry, we have a unique insight into the issues manufacturers face every day and the skills they need from workers to meet the demands of a new era.

U/LINC turns that insight and expertise into effective curriculum aimed at training a new generation of welders for a new era in manufacturing.

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How U/LINC Works

U/LINC delivers content to instructors via a web-based learning management system (LMS). Just log into the website and access whatever assets you need for each day or each week of your instruction.

All curriculum is aligned with AWS SENSE, state competencies, and most national standards, and can be articulated between high school and community colleges.

Additional online content is designed to augment instruction and generate trackable student homework.

U/LINC is not an online, instructor-free program. The curriculum is divided into programs, then subdivided into lesson plans that you can arrange in whatever order is most appropriate to your training program. You decide what you want to teach and when you want to teach it. U/LINC gives you the best possible tools to do it.

U/LINC Team

U/LINC was developed with input from a diverse team of welding and education experts.

Lincoln Electric tasked 35 independent instructors at high schools, career centers and community colleges around the U.S. with developing specific areas of welding training content. Lincoln Electric Welding School instructors reviewed the content for technical accuracy, then submitted it to a dedicated curriculum development team that enhanced and refined it with additional writing, photography, illustration and design.

Along the way, we consulted with partners at Texas A&M and the University of Missouri, who provided review and guidance to ensure that the curriculum was relevant and met all appropriate state and national standards.

Program Overview

Flexibility for instructors has been the rule in the design of the U/LINC curriculum. Encompassing both classroom and welding lab instruction, each 50-90 minute lesson plan comes complete with objectives, a resource list, interest approach, content with suggested instructional strategies, and student evaluation. Laboratory exercises devised to enhance lesson concepts are embedded in the curriculum as well. Additionally, e-learning classes have been incorporated to augment traditional instruction and provide further content to facilitate student learning outside the classroom.

Assessment and feedback are essential components of the learning process, providing benefits for both the instructor and the student. Well-designed assessment supplies rich data about student mastery and needs as well as the effects of the teaching method used, allowing the teacher to guide instruction and provide remediation if necessary.

  • Formative, summative, and observational assessments are built into the curriculum to ensure that the students are achieving the learning objectives in the lessons.
  • U/LINC incorporates the concept of multiple intelligences, including visual, kinesthetic, and auditory learning styles. The curriculum utilizes various formats to measure student learning.

The U/LINC curriculum is a complete instructional solution for high school, community college and industrial welding programs.

Program Descriptions

Safety In Welding

Levels 1, 2, and 3 -- This program covers safety issues related to the welding and cutting of metal. Students learn the types and uses of personal protection equipment (PPE) and the techniques for handling and storing fuel and other gas cylinders. Students learn the safety and fire risks associated with electrical equipment and learn basic first-aid procedures. They also train on handling fire extinguishers.

Principles of Welding

Levels 1 and 2 -- This program teaches basic welding principles, terms and processes. Students learn the metallurgy and preparation of materials for welding. They discover the importance of workpiece and body position during welding and learn to spot weld defects by visual and other means.

Level 3 -- This advanced program teaches students about welding as a commercial metal-joining process. They learn the operation of welding power supplies, how an electric arc generates heat for welding, welding polarities and the use of shielding gases.

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Lessons

Level 1 -- Students learn the equipment and shielding gases needed in the GMAW process. The program features the selection and use of the proper electrodes for different GMAW applications, as well as the AWS electrode classification system. Students also learn the use of personal protection equipment (PPE) and safety in the workplace.

Level 2 -- This program offers students a detailed examination of the GMAW process and its variables. Students inspect and repair equipment and connections and learn how to change the wire/electrode. The program includes waveform identification and control.

Level 3 -- This program is an advanced exploration of the GMAW process. In addition to studying the equipment and shielding gases, students expand their GMAW experience to include aluminum and stainless steels. The types of stainless steel are taught, as well as the different modes of transfer on aluminum and the metal’s thermal properties.

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Welds

Level 1 -- Welds up to 3F on Mild Steel

Level 2 -- Welds up to 3G on Mild Steel, Aluminum and Stainless Steel

Level 3 -- Welds up to 4G on Mild Steel, Aluminum and Stainless Steel

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Lessons

Levels 1 and 2 -- This program covers SMAW power supplies and the different polarities used. Students learn the AWS classification of electrodes and the function of each as well as SMAW techniques. Students prepare a work area for welding, and perform the fit-up and tacking procedures.

Level 3 -- This program teaches the advanced use of SMAW. The main elements present in electrodes 6010, 7018 and Excalibur® 308 are listed and the function of each is explained. Students learn to visually identify weld discontinuities and defects. This program includes the welding of pipe.

Shielded Metal Arc Welding Welds

Level 1 -- Welds up to 3F on Mild Steel

Level 2 -- Welds up to 3G on Mild Steel

Level 3 -- Welds up to 4G on Mild Steel including Pipe

Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) Lessons

Level 2 -- This is an intermediate study of the FCAW process, equipment and consumables. Students see how FCAW electrodes differ from those used in other processes. Important topics include electrode characteristics and classifications, the importance of arc length and safety. Students learn to identify weld defects and their causes.

Level 3 -- This advanced program covers electrode characteristics and classifications. Students perform welds by the FCAW method and learn the effects of gravity, polarities and arc length on them. Safe equipment set-up and operation is stressed. Students learn the use of FCAW to weld pipe.

Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) Welds

Level 2 -- Welds up to 3G on Mild Steel, Aluminum and Stainless Steel

Level 3 -- Welds up to 4G on Mild Steel, Aluminum and Stainless Steel

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) Lessons

Levels 2 and 3 -- Students learn how and when the GTAW process is used, as well as process equipment and consumables. Given the composition of a base metal (such as carbon steel, stainless steel or aluminum), students see how to adjust circuit polarity and other process variables. The selection of GTAW consumables and electrodes is an important part of the program.

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Welds

Level 2 -- Welds up to 3G on Mild Steel, Aluminum and Stainless Steel

Level 3 -- Welds up to 4G on Mild Steel, Aluminum and Stainless Steel

Thermal Cutting

Levels 1, 2, and 3 -- This program describes the two basic thermal cutting processes: Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC) and Oxyfuel Cutting. Students will learn how to safely operate a PAC power source and make a cut. In oxyfuel cutting, students learn the use of fuel gases, how to set up an oxyfuel cutting operation and the safe handling and storage of combustible-gas cylinders.

Robotics 1

Level 2 -- This program combines the principles of arc welding with robotics. Students learn to safely powerup, program and execute automated welding programs through lessons that incorporate lab activities. The creation and refining of robotic programs is a key topic, and students will program a robot to weld in square and circular paths.

Level 3 -- This is an advanced look at automated welding. Students learn to safely power-up, program and execute advanced automated projects. Advanced V-bead and weave bead applications are taught in detail and students learn to edit their robot welding programs. Lab activities are included within the lessons.

CNC Plasma Cutting

Level 2 -- In this program, students learn the basics of Cartesian Coordinates and how this computer controlled process operates within them. An important aspect of the program is the introduction to tool paths and the importing of G-code files into the Torchmate Driver Software Interface. Students learn to program and execute a CNCPAC project.

Level 3 -- This program covers the advanced aspects of CNCPAC. Students use Torchmate CAD software to import images and learn the functions of the software. The program trains students to import files from AutoCADTM into Torchmate CAD for further processing.

Manufacturing and Engineering

Levels 2 and 3 -- Students evaluate welds by visual inspection and learn about destructive and nondestructive testing techniques. They work with welding codes and learn their selection, use and documentation. Welding students learn how to test and qualify for specific welding procedures.

Fabrication Lessons

Level 1 -- This program teaches students to read and create fabrication plans, drawings, cut lists and bills of material. These tools are ultimately used to estimate project costs. Students are also introduced to basic strength of materials concepts.

Levels 2 and 3 -- This program offers a detailed instruction on fabrication concepts. Students learn the principles of project design for basic structures. Strength and physical material properties are used to teach students the basics of material selection.

Math in Welding

Levels 2 and 3 -- This program teaches the basic math skills required in a welding and cutting operation. Students learn how to work with fractions and convert them to decimals, as well as the conversion of units. Geometric concepts and the calculation of the areas, perimeters and volumes of different shapes are covered. Students learn the conversion of volumes to equivalent weights.

Careers in Welding

Levels 1, 2, and 3 -- This program communicates the practical aspects of welding as a career and the role of welding in the economy. Students learn what it takes to become a Certified Welder or a Certified Welding Inspector and the benefits and costs of choosing those careers. Students are introduced to welding instruction as a career and are coached on how to effectively interview for welding positions.

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