FCAW Applications

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“FCAW Applications” provides a comprehensive overview of how to perform FCAW processes. Before beginning FCAW, it is important to prepare the joint and select the appropriate electrode. During FCAW, the welder controls the electrode's orientation and travel speed. Welders must also be aware of many FCAW-specific variables, such as amperage, voltage, and shielding gas, as well as the effects of such variables. Understanding variables helps prevent FCAW weld discontinuities and defects, such as excessive spatter, porosity, and slag inclusion. After taking this class, users will be familiar with many of the considerations and variables that go into using FCAW processes, which is essential to producing quality welds and avoiding weld discontinuities and defects. The ability to recognize and avoid common welding issues reduces scrapped parts and increases quality.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe FCAW processes
  • Identify the factors to consider when choosing an FCAW process
  • Describe various factors that affect FCAW electrode selection
  • Identify important metal properties to consider when choosing FCAW electrodes
  • Describe joint design for FCAW
  • Describe joint preparation for FCAW
  • Describe the work angle for FCAW processes
  • Describe the travel angle for FCAW processes
  • Distinguish between backhand and forehand techniques
  • Describe important aspects of starting the arc in FCAW
  • Describe electrical extension for FCAW processes
  • Describe the effects of travel speed on running FCAW beads
  • Describe the characteristics of FCAW beads
  • Describe the characteristics of FCAW beads
  • Describe the relationship between amperage and wire feed speed in FCAW
  • Describe the ways in which output type affects FCAW processes
  • Describe the way in which contact tip to work distance affects FCAW processes
  • Describe the ways in which input heat affects FCAW processes
  • Describe the ways in which shielding gas and gas flow affect FCAW-G
  • Describe common FCAW welding discontinuities
  • Identify common FCAW welding discontinuities and defects
  • Describe arc blow.

Recommended Background

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

Course ID







Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Effectiveness, Flux Corded Arc Welding, Metal Properties, FCAW Equipment Understanding, FCAW Safety

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

3.5 hrs



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