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Binghamton University's Watson School offers continuing education for engineers


BINGHAMTON, NY – Binghamton University’s Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science will host "Introduction to Welding Engineering," a short course for engineers, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Engineering and Science Building at the Innovative Technologies Complex, 85 Murray Hill Rd., Vestal.

Welding engineering is a complex engineering discipline that involves aspects of materials science, design, inspection, mechanical and electronic systems, lasers and robots. Welding is what holds the majority of structures together — buildings, bridges, cars, planes, ships, tractors, cranes -- and is becoming very specialized to meet the manufacturing challenges of the 21st century.

This seminar will provide an introduction to welding engineering. Topics will include an overview of various welding processes, including arc welding (SMAW, GMAW, GTAW), resistance welding and friction welding. Welding procedures will be discussed and welding symbols (ANSI/AWS A2.4) will be reviewed. There will also be discussion of the basic metallurgy of welds and the design of welded joints. In addition, an introduction to the non-destructive testing (NDT) of welds will be presented.

Roy T.R. McGrann, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University, will be the instructor for the training. McGrann has completed research involving coated materials: welded and thermal sprayed. His work encompasses the fatigue and wear life of components with these coatings. He has taught lower-level courses in materials science and strength of materials. At the upper-level, he teaches computer-aided engineering and mechanical component design. In addition, McGrann has 15 years of industrial experience in engineering and quality assurance: pipe and pipe fitting production (ANSI and API), pressure vessel fabrication and production machinery design at U.S. Steel, Webco Industries and Yuba (SPX) Heat Transfer. From 2001-2012, McGrann served on the American Welding Society (AWS/ANSI) committee on thermal spray coatings.

This training complies with the New York State Office of Professions for continuing education requirements for four professional development hours (PDHs). There is a discount for members of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE). The training includes a certificate of completion.

This course is intended for engineers (mechanical, manufacturing and industrial) and supervisors in manufacturing or quality assurance who seek a basic conceptual understanding of welding engineering. No previous knowledge of welding is required.

For more information and to register for the course, visit: or call the Watson School's Office of Industrial Outreach at (607) 777-2154.

Last Updated: 9/17/13