WELD 1750 Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welding

This course provides training in Basic Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) to develop the entry level skills necessary to make quality welds on carbon steel plate. Topics include safety in the welding profession and operating shield metal arc welding equipment. The student will properly set up SMAW equipment, and study filler metal selection, welding polarity and amperage, and basic joint design.  (1 lect., 2 lab) 


2 credits

Major Topics

Arc Welding Safety.

Arc Welding Equipment Set Up.

Arc Welding Equipment Operation.

Welding Current Polarity.

Basic Filler Metal Selection.

Striking and Controlling the Welding Arc.

Heat Distortion.

Joint Design.


In order to successfully complete this course, the student will:

Demonstrate safe working habits in the welding lab.

Demonstrate proper set up of SMAW equipment.

Demonstrate safe operation of SMAW equipment.

Set up SMAW equipment for Direct Current Electrode Positive (DCEP).

Set up SMAW equipment for Direct Current Electrode Negative (DCEN).

Select the proper electrodes for DCEP.

Select the proper electrode for DCEN.

Demonstrate striking and maintaining the welding arc on a 6" X 6" X 3/8" piece of carbon steel plate.

Demonstrate proper amperage setting for the electrodes being used.

Demonstrate heat control on plate steel to mitigate distortion while welding.

Explore Joint Design for the beginning welder.