Beginner - Weld methods, machine types, equipment and personal safety, equipment set-up procedures are studied in this course. Electrode characteristics, polarity, AC and DC machine characteristics, electrode manipulation, and weld positions are all discussed with an emphasis on SMAW with E-7018 and E-6010 electrodes. This course emphasizes hands-on participation. The students advance as their skills increase.

Advanced - This class is for the advanced welder with a goal of welder qualification following AWS D1.1 requirements. Each successful welder will complete weld testing in the 2G, 3G, and 4G positions on one inch plate coupons. After the successful plate tests, the welder will be eligible to practice and then perform a 6G test on 2.750, .625 wall thickness pipe.