This teaches Shielded Metal Arc Welding for beginners. Students learn the following skills:

  1. Use and care of welding tools.
  2. Intro to Shielded Metal Arc Welding.
  3. Proper electrode storage.
  4. Proper electrode sizing and selection.
  5. Arc strikes, shielding gas, hydrogen cracking.
  6. Base metal grading and selection.
  7. Amperage/Voltage ranges, Travel speed, Heat inputs.
  8. How to read and understand a Welding Procedure Specification (WPS)
  9. Welding machine set-up for the Shielded Metal Arc Welding Process.
  10. Proper base metal preparation for welding.
  11. Body positioning techniques when welding with SMAW.
  12. Fillet weld measurements, fit-up, and welding techniques.
  13. Weld defects and acceptance criteria for AWS D1.1 structural steel code.
  14. Intro to V-groove welds, electrode selection, and industry uses.
  15. V-groove welding techniques for all positions.
  16. Oxy-fuel torch set-up and cutting techniques.
  17. Destructive Testing techniques of V-groove welds, industry methods, and specimen preparation in accordance to the applicable code or standard.

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