This course provides an understanding of advanced welding processes, including the physical principles, operating characteristics and practical applications of each process.

There is a strong emphasis on laser welding and processing as well as recent developments in arc processes and resistance welding.  

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1400. Concessions available

Course structure

You will attend a combination of lectures and practical laboratory classes. The latter involves experimental work using a state-of-the-art fibrelaser.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will:

  • understand the recent developments in welding technology and where these new processes can be used
  • understand the physical principles behind the operation of these processes
  • understand the physical and engineering principles behind each application and the methods for maximising process efficiency
  • understand how to select the most appropriate welding system for a particular application and analyse the economic benefits.

Core content

  • laser properties and fundamentals
  • laser optics and optical materials
  • laser material interaction
  • laser welding including hybrid processes
  • laser cutting and drilling
  • laser surface treatment
  • laser material processing systems
  • advanced digital arc welding
  • flux cored arc welding
  • advanced modelling and monitoring of resistance welding
  • friction stir welding
  • additive manufacture
  • residual stress, distortion and their management.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.


20% discount for Cranfield Alumni. 
10% discount when registering 3 or more delegates, from the same organisation at the same time.  

Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking.


This course is non-residential. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information about our on campus accommodation can be found here.  Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel. 

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.