The SMAW Module will expose students to a basic understanding of the Stick welding process. Students will also learn an understanding of electricity, weld defects, and metallurgy and how they affect the weld. Students will gain a basic understanding of the language spoken in the welding industry through codes and symbols.
Students will leave the SMAW Module course with more than foundational information and skill, but also a firm grasp of the industry’s needs and nuances. A student leaving the course will have a good foundation in any potential Stick welding career. However, while this class is not part of a program, students are encouraged to build a more solid foundation in the welding industry with other Process Modules.
The SMAW Module will be 3 days long (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), for a total of nearly 22 hours of training.
Students must be at least 18 years old to enroll in this class.
Specific Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, students will:
- Understand the need for their craft in our current job market
- Develop a work ethic suitable for the industries challenging work environments
- Understand and develop a basic skill set for the SMAW welding process
- Understand basic welding codes
- Understand basic electricity and its effects on the welding arc
- Understand basic metallurgy of common metals and the effects of the welding arc
- Read and understand welding symbols
- Identify weldment defects, how to avoid them before and after welding
- Have appropriate procedures to correct defects post weld
- Perform proper machine set up and parameter variables
- Perform basic fillet welds in the 1F, 2F, 3F, and 4F positions using the SMAW process
Required Personal Welding Gear
Each student is required to have the following personal welding gear during each day’s welding course. In the event a student does not have the required welding gear, the student can purchase the required gear from General Air’s retail store (located next to the Academy).
- Welding Helmet
- Welding Gloves
- Protective welding jacket
- Shoe handle Scratch Brush
- Chipping Hammer
- 4-1/2" Angle Grinder
- Flap Wheel
- 1/8" Wheel
- Safety Glasses
- Speed Square
Proper Welding Attire
Each student is expected to wear cotton or leather clothing. No nylon type clothing should be worn as it is susceptible to burning and melting to the skin. Leather work boots are also required, preferably steel toed. No tennis shoes allowed. Any loose clothing and/or long hair needs to be secured.
General Air Denver
1105 Zuni St.
Denver, CO 80204
For questions regarding registration, please contact Katie Oestman at email@example.com