Introduction to SMAW

Provided by: ToolingU

“Introduction to SMAW” covers the basic theories and practices of shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), as well as common operational procedures where SMAW is a welding process that uses shielding to protect the weld from contamination. SMAW is one of the most common arc welding processes in the world because of its simplicity, versatility, affordability, and suitability for most applications. SMAW requires a range of specialized equipment, specific electrodes, and knowledge of a number of safety precautions. After taking “Intro to SMAW,” welders will know how to safely handle, prepare, and operate SMAW equipment. They will know also have a basic understanding of how to perform an SMAW weld.

Course Objectives:

  • Define SMAW
  • List the advantages and disadvantages of SMAW
  • Describe SMAW equipment
  • Describe the electrical components of SMAW
  • Describe the construction of an electrode
  • Distinguish between the different types of electrodes
  • Explain how to select an electrode
  • Explain how to select an electrode based on the AWS electrode classification system of labeling
  • Describe how to safely handle and store electrodes
  • Describe the current requirements for SMAW applications
  • Describe the power sources required for SMAW applications
  • Describe the amperage requirements of SMAW
  • Describe the voltage requirements of SMAW
  • Explain how to prepare joints for SMAW
  • Describe the different steps of SMAW operation.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for manufacturing personnel, including engineers, technicians and managers, particularly handling welding operations.

Course ID







Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Effectiveness, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Contamination Protection, Electricity

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

3 hrs



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