Learn Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and complete up to three American Welding Society (AWS) SMAW 3G qualification test. Learn basic SMAW welding processes along with the study of filler wires, fluxes, and cover gases. Includes OSHA-10 training, all instructional materials and the AWS qualification testing fee.
This introductory course in shielded metal arc welding (SMAW/stick-welding), covers topics in:
- Welding shop safety
- Shop knowledge, tools and equipment
- AC and DC power sources
- welding polarities
- heats, and electrodes for use in joining various metal alloys by the arc welding process.
- running beads
- butt and fillet welds in all positions
Trainee Requirement Details
Coursework provides up to 75 hours of training, including both lecture and hands-on skills/labs. All participants are required to attend safety training and are responsible to bring their own appropriate non-synthetic apparel, leather boots, safety glasses and personal hand tools as outlined by the instructor at the beginning of class. Synthetic apparel, shorts, and open-toed shoes, sandals, or flipflops are not permitted. #10 shade welding shield, jacket, and gloves are available for use, but students may bring their own, if desired.
FastForward Financial Assistance Funding
Qualifying Virginia residents may be eligible for FastForward Financial Assistance, which could reduce the cost of tuition by at least two-thirds.