Shielded Metal Arc Welding

Shielded Metal Arc Welding

Technical Certificate

This certificate is offered for individuals interested in pursuing the skills necessary to be a successful welder in the Shielded Metal Arc Welding process. Students will learn how to interpret prints and weld symbols prior to engaging in the weld process using various metal types including carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. They will also perform the thermal cutting processes during this educational experience.

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Program Outline

At A Glance

How You'll Learn


On Campus


Online Classes

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Multiple Start Dates

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Flexible Pace

2022 Start Dates

January 5 May 2 September 6
February 7 June 6 October 3
March 1 July 11 November 7

2023 Start Dates

January 9 May 8
February 6 June 5
March 6 July 3


What is Competency-Based Education?

Competency-Based Education (CBE) is learning at your own pace by mastering competencies through demonstration. Once all competencies for a program have been assessed and mastered, students will earn a certificate, diploma, or degree.

Approximate Cost


*Based on 10-level courses—materials, books, and fees may be additional

Student Equipment

Students are required to purchase welding kits through the college bookstore or obtain the minimum tools and equipment listed to be able to successfully complete coursework and performance assessments in the welding lab.

  • Safety glasses
  • Welders gloves MIG and TIG
  • Chipping hammer
  • Welding beanie
  • 8-way welder pliers
  • Soapstone holder
  • Triple flint spark lighter
  • Tape measure
  • Weld fillet gauge
  • Mag tool
  • Material handling gloves
  • Backhand pad
  • Tool bag
  • Welder pencils
  • Auto darkening helmet
  • Lens cover
  • Welding jacket

What You'll Learn

  • Print interpretation and weld symbols
  • Weld inspection and testing
  • Shielded metal arc welding on carbon steel
  • Shielded metal arc welding AWS testing on carbon steel
  • Thermal cutting

Your Potential Careers

  • Production Welder
  • Maintenance Welder
  • Welding Sales and Service
  • Self-Employment

Median Annual Salary

$39,085 $42,437 $41,198
Local State National

EMSI 2020.1

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