Print Reading for Welders and Fabrication

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Copyright: 2016-01-08
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Provide your welding and fabrication students with a clear, concise tool to develop the essential print reading skills they'll need the first day on the job!


To be a successful welder or fabricator, it is crucial to be able to build something correctly from reading the design requirements shown on a drawing. Print Reading for Welding and Fabrication, 2/e, continues to provide a logical, easy-to-understand path for students learning to read and interpret drawings that are typically found in the industry. Each chapter clearly presents objectives and key terms, offers practical exercises, and concludes with a chapter containing easy-to-follow explanations of the mathematics needed to properly decipher prints. Throughout, the author emphasizes the codes, standards, and industrial practices that students will be most likely to encounter – including concepts and terminology from the American Welding Society (AWS) and The Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Author Biography

Kevin Corgan began welding when his father, also a welder, began teaching him at age 13. He continued learning the welding trade and basic drafting through industrial arts and vocational welding classes at Collinsville High School and the Collinsville Area Vocational Center, before moving on to complete a degree in Welding Technology from Belleville Area College (BAC). During his time at BAC, Kevin won the Illinois State VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) competition and placed second at the National VICA competition, where welding skills and properly reading technical weld drawings are tested. He has worked in the field as a sheet metal worker, fabricator welder, quality assurance technician, welding technician, welding application engineer, laser welding engineer, consultant, ISO management representative, adjunct professor, and in his current position of Assistant Professor of Welding Technology at Southwestern Illinois College.


Kevin has traveled extensively throughout the world installing and servicing automated welding systems, writing welding procedures, and training welders. He has been involved in numerous industry- and government-funded research and development projects. He is a member of the American Welding Society (AWS), is a past chairman of the AWS St. Louis Section, and currently serves on the St. Louis Section board.

Table of Contents

1.       Introduction to Print Reading

2.       Types of Lines

3.       Basic Drawing Views

4.       Dimensions

5.       Notes and Specifications

6.       Materials

7.       Weld Joints

8.       Weld Types

9.       Introduction to Welding Symbols

10.   Advanced Welding Symbols

11.   Additional Views

12.   Drawing Standards

13.   Additional Drawing Concepts

14.   Review Exercises


Appendix A:       Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Letter Designations

Appendix B:       Common Fraction, Decimal Fraction, and Millimeter Conversions

Appendix C:       Millimeter, Decimal Fraction, and Common Fraction Conversions

Appendix D:       Welded and Seamless Wrought Steel Pipe Size Chart for Selected Pipe Sizes

Appendix E:        ASME Y14.5 and ISO Symbol Comparison Chart

Appendix F:        Master Chart of Welding and Joining Processes

Appendix G:       American Welding Society Welding Symbol Chart




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