Resistance Spot Welding

Resistance Spot Welding

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Date: 2022 date TBD
Location: The Ohio State University, Edison Joining Technology Center (EJTC)
Class Times: 8am-5pm each day



Resistance Spot Welding is a two-day training program designed primarily for engineers and technicians from the automotive industry. The purpose of the course is to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the Resistance Spot Welding process, with a focus on how it is utilized in the automotive industry. The training program combines lectures covering fundamental concepts with many "hands-on" labs using a modern DC Resistance Spot Welding machine. Included with the course is a book authored by the two course instructors titled "Resistance Spot Welding: Fundamentals and Applications for the Automotive Industry."

Participants must attend and complete the entire two-day course in order to obtain the certificate of completion. The course will be delivered in-person at the College of Engineering and the Edison Joining Technology Center (EJTC). This course is developed by Dr. David Phillips and Dr. Menachem Kimchi in the Welding Engineering program and the Materials Science and Engineering Department.

CEUs are granted upon successful completion of the two-day course.

Upon completion of the course participants will be able to:
  1. Understand the effects of the important Spot Welding process variables
  2. Develop a Spot Welding Lobe curve
  3. Identify the different approaches when Spot Welding modern automotive materials such as advanced high strength steels and aluminum alloys
  4. Be able to choose appropriate Spot Welding testing and quality control methods
  5. Solve common production welding problems associated with Spot Welding
  6. Appreciate new Spot Welding computational modelling techniques


The Two Day Course Topics Include
  • Process physics and fundamentals
  • Machines, electrodes, and tooling
  • Weldability and process variables
  • Spot welding of steels
  • Spot welding of coated materials
  • Spot welding of aluminum
  • Design considerations and effect on strength
  • Weld quality, testing, monitoring, and control
  • Resolving production issues
  • Advancements in spot welding modelling


What's Included

The price of the course includes instructional materials, lunch each day, and a copy of the book "Resistance Spot Welding: Fundamentals and Applications for the Automotive Industry."

Course Pre-requisites   

No degree in engineering is required, but relative work experience in Resistance Welding processes and production environments is recommended.


The Ohio State University
Edison Joining Technology Center (EJTC)

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Cancellations and Refunds

Full refund minus a $75 administrative fee if you cancel more than 14 business days before a training course date. No refunds will be given after that time. Registrations can be transferred.

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Registration for 2022 TBD



Course Fee:

$1,195 per person

Early Bird Discount:

If registered & paid two weeks in advance. 



Dr. David Phillips is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering’s Welding Engineering Program.  He earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D., all in Welding Engineering at The Ohio State University.  Prior to earning his Ph.D., Dr. Phillips worked for approximately 20 years in industry, with most of his Welding Engineering experiences in both the automotive and aerospace industry sectors.

As a Professor of Practice, Dr. Phillips brings his industry experience to a wide variety of courses he teaches in the Welding Engineering Program, including courses in welding metallurgy, robotics, resistance, and solid-state welding.  Dr. Phillips is also a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.), an AWS Certified Welding Inspector (C.W.I.), and an IIW International Welding Engineer (I.W.E.).


Dr. Menachem Kimchi is a clinical professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Welding Engineering Program at The Ohio State University. Previously, M. Kimchi was a principal research engineer, technology leader, and business development manager for EWI Manufacturing. Menachem has been involved extensively with research and development projects for the Automotive and Steel industries and published over 80 technical papers in the areas of Resistance and Solid State Welding processes of advanced materials.


Please contact:

Darla da Cruz
College of Engineering