WLDG 1528
Intro to Shielded Metal Arc Welding (5-3-6)

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description: An introduction to the shielded metal arc welding process. Emphasis placed on power sources, electrode selection, oxy-fuel cutting, and various joint designs. Instruction provided in SMAW fillet welds in various positions.
    2. Any required prerequisites: None, Introductory
    3. Required Grade for Enrolling in the Next Course in this Sequence: Satisfactory Completion
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Select electrodes and amperage settings for various thicknesses of materials and welding positions
    2. Define principles of arc welding
    3. Explain electrode classifications
    4. Perform SMAW operations in various positions using selected electrodes and different joint designs.
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. The final exam will take place in the welding classroom.
    2. Students are NOT allowed to use their book or but can use notes of any kind while taking their tests and exams.
    3. Students are allowed to use a calculator. 
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Attendance - 10%
    2. Participation – 20%
    3. Welding Fabrication Projects – 70%
  5. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Required Book:  none
    2. Book ISBN:
    3. Required Access Code: None
    4. Calculators: Students must have a calculator that provides them with the trig function keys.  A TI-30XA or its equivalent is strongly recommended.
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates.  Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Class Attendance
    7. Students with disabilities
  7. Course Content WELD 1528




All students will go through a variety of steps to learn about cutting different types of metals, what electrode to use as well as to weld in various positons


Cutting Metal Oxy


Oxy Weld




Arc Welding


Final Exam Project



Last Modified: February 15, 2017