Introduction to SMAW Pipe Course Curriculum: 


Course Description:
The Shielded Metal Arc Welding course is designed to teach students about arc welding safety and the Shielded Metal Arc Welding process on pipe in the horizontal position (2G), vertical (5G) and 45 degree angle (6G) position, weld a root pass, a hot pass, fill passes and cap passes all using SMAW to meet the ASME welding code. 


Subject Hours: 120 clock hours (20 hours lec, 100 hours lab, 00 hours ext) 


Performance Objectives:

  • 1. Set up pipe in a 2G, 5G, & 6G position.
  • 2. Weld a root pass with SMAW in the 2G, 5G, & 6G position.
  • 3. Weld a hot pass with SMAW in 2G, 5G, & 6G position.
  • 4. Weld fill passes using SMAW in 2G, 5G, & 6G position.
  • 5 Cap passes using SMAW in 2G, 5G, & 6G position. 


Prerequisites: Admission to the program. 


Required Textbooks: Pearson. NCCER Welding Level 1 Trainee Guide, 5th Edition. 2015 


Instructional Methods:

  • 1. Lecture
  • 2. Lab
  • 3. Demonstration
  • 4. Cooperative Learning


Maximum Student to Instructor Ratio: 22:1 


Weekly Content Outline:

  • Week 1. Safety procedures, lab guidelines, and overview of the SMAW Pipe process.
  • Week 2. Introduction to fitting, prepping and cleaning materials, proper grinding techniques and running a basic weld bead.
  • Week 3. Running beads, proper cleaning techniques on welds cutting using oxy-fuel torch, identify and troubleshoot issues that may arise while welding.
  • Week 4. Welding pipe in the horizontal position (2G).
  • Week 5. Welding pipe in the vertical position (5G).
  • Week 6. Welding pipe in a 45 degree angle (6G) position. 


Basis of Grades:  Tests / Quizzes 15%, Lab Assignments 50%, Final Exam 35%