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To be able to complete a merit badge during Pathways to Eagle the preparation work MUST be completed BEFORE and turned in at the START of the merit badge session.

 

Due to the shortness of the sessions, teaching is not possible. The Scout needs to have read the merit badge pamphlet BEFORE the session and be prepared for each of the requirements.

 

The availability of a Merit Badge session will be based on the actual availability of Merit Badge counselors on the day of the event.

Welding   Welding     Welding

This Merit Badge requires 2 sessions to complete.

The Pathways to Eagle preparation work items for the Welding merit badge are: 1,  3,  5a,  7

  • Items in RED - MUST be completed before the session starts to make it possible to complete the merit badge at Pathways to Eagle. Bring proof of completion (item, written work, note, photo, etc.)
  • Items in GREEN - Can be completed before the session starts or done during merit badge session.
  • Items in BLACK - MUST be ready to demonstrate your knowledge of these requirements during the merit badge session.
Scouts are strongly encouraged to use a Merit Badge worksheet to show that they have done the preparation work for the merit badge. Download the workbook for the Welding Merit Badge in Adobe PDF format from the U.S. Scouting Service Project website.
Scouts MUST be able to discuss any items completed as preparation works or as written work. Note: Some requirements contain items that fall into more that one category and are listed as the higher category.
 
NOTE: Due to safety concerns, participants in the Welding Merit Badge Sessions MUST wear jeans and boots to the sessions. All other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided.
 
1. 
 
Do the following:
a.  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.
b.  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:
a.  With your counselor, discuss general safety precautions and Safety Data Sheets related to welding. Explain the importance of the SDS.
b.  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.
c.  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:
a.  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.
b.  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:
a.  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.
b.  Cover a small plate (approximately 3" x 3" x ¼") with weld beads side by side.
c.  Tack two plates together in a square groove butt joint.
d.  Weld the two plates together from 6c on both sides.
e.  Tack two plates together in a T joint, have your counselor inspect it, then weld a T joint with fillet weld on both sides.
f.  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:
a.  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.
b.  Discuss the role of the American Welding Society in the welding profession.
 
The requirements listed on this web site are believed to be correct.
The official requirements can be found in the current edition of
"Boy Scout Requirements Book 2024"

Download the workbook for the Welding Merit Badge
in Adobe PDF format from, The U.S. Scouting Service Project website.

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