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AWS Advanced Shielded Metal Arch Welding (SMAW) Certification Preparation


What You’ll Learn

This course is designed to teach a broad range of topics for various welding processes, emphasizing Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) advanced issues. The participant will also learn practical welding and cutting techniques with Oxy-fuels. Topical areas of study include safety, blueprint and welding symbols, welding joints, welding defects, metal identification and properties, welding procedure specifications, and finally, welding careers and necessary qualifications. MAJOR COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon completing this course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate electric and oxyfuel welding equipment safety.
  • Learn the basic welding joints.
  • Identify heat input and metal distortion.
  • Describe the capabilities of electric welding equipment.
  • Weld with both AC and DC.
  • Metal preparation and tacking.
  • Making single and multi-pass welds.
  • Weld in flat and horizontal positions.
  • Identify SMAW electrodes and AWS electrode classifications.
  • Understand DC reverse polarity
  • Understand proper electrode manipulation for each type of electrode.
  • Understand the correct technique for each welding position and electrode type using 6011, 7014, and 7018 electrodes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of blueprints with attention to signs, symbols, abbreviations and specifications.
  • Ability to identify various lines, views, projections found on prints and interpret various location dimensions, external/internal threads, surface finish symbols and welding symbols.

Career Options

Welders are in high demand in the state; this four-flame occupation is anticipated to grow by at least 6% by 2033.

Class Details

Steel toed shoes required. Ivy Tech will supply consumables like metal and other products for this hands-on class.

This workforce certification is available for free to qualifying students through the Next Level Jobs program. You are eligible to earn this free certification from Ivy Tech if you fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • You are an Indiana resident, and
  • You have a high school diploma or GED/High School Equivalency, and
  • You have not previously received an associate degree or higher (bachelor's, master's, etc.)

Learn more about Next Level Jobs at Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech skills training classes do not earn you college credit on their own, but they may crosswalk into Ivy Tech's academic degree programs should you decide to pursue that route in the future. Speak with your advisor to learn more about getting credit for prior learning.

Upcoming Classes

We’re sorry, this class is not currently scheduled at any Ivy Tech location, but it may be offered again in the future.

Contact your local Ivy Tech campus with questions about when this class may be offered.