SMAW Applications

Provided by: ToolingU

“SMAW Applications” details the process of preparing SMAW equipment for welding and the basic steps a welder should take to perform a successful SMAW weld from identifing the different types of electrodes that can be used for SMAW and select the appropriate electrode for an application. A welder must then choose a method to start the arc and run a bead, and must know how to effectively break and re-start the arc when necessary. SMAW is not a perfect process, and this class covers the different flaws that a weld may contain as a result of different operator errors or other sources. To be an experienced and skilled employee, a welder must know the basic foundational techniques of the welding process. “SMAW Applications” teaches welders the essential components of performing shielded metal arc welding processes, as well as how to identify and avoid common discontinuities.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe SMAW
  • Describe the types of metals that can be welded with SMAW
  • Describe how to prepare to weld different types of joints with SMAW
  • Distinguish between the common types of electrodes
  • Describe the different methods used to start the arc in SMAW
  • Describe the angles that compose electrode orientation
  • Explain how to properly orient an electrode to yield a quality weld
  • Explain how to maintain the optimal travel speed for SMAW processes
  • Describe how to run a bead to yield a quality weld
  • Explain the concerns involved with breaking and restarting the arc
  • Describe the effects of amperage on weld quality
  • Describe the effects of voltage on weld quality
  • Describe porosity
  • Describe undercut
  • Identify incomplete and excessive penetration
  • Describe incomplete fusion.

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, SMAW Equipment Understanding, SMAW Safety

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

2.5 hrs



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