Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)

Learning objectives

  • Describe the operating principles behind shielded metal arc welding (SMAW)
  • List equipment commonly used in SMAW
  • Explain how to strike and sustain a welding arc
  • Explain how to control weld crater formation and overcome arc blow
  • Describe various welding electrodes and their uses
  • Discuss American Welding Society (AWS) symbol representation for electrodes
  • Identify various welding positions commonly used in SMAW

Course overview

Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) is one of the most commonly used welding methods in the world. It is used in the fabrication and repair of many products including pressure vessels, automobiles, appliances, farm equipment, and storage tanks.

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) identifies equipment procedures used in successful operations. This online training course focuses on:

  • SMAW basics
  • SMAW equipment
  • Welding arcs
  • Weld passes
  • Selecting electrodes
  • SMAW positions

This course is part of the Welding and Cutting for Maintenance training series.

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