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Welding - WELD 211

Preparation for Welder Certification in Gas Metal Arc Welding

3 Credit Hours
2 Lecture Hours
2 Laboratory Hours

Course Description

Obtaining American Welding Society (AWS) Welder's Certification is desirable to gain acceptance into a welding-related skilled trade. Each skilled trade employment requires a unique certification, for which the student must learn skills needed for specific welding procedures and processes. This course will focus on developing the skills needed in several Semiautomatic processes/transfers to successfully pass an appropriate AWS Certified Welder performance test. Tests may be taken on ferrous or non-ferrous material, along with passing a visual and destructive examination of their weldments. To receive credit in this class, students must successfully pass an AWS Certification test on a specified procedure required for their selected welding process.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the American Welding Society (A.W.S.) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (A.S.M.E.) Welder Qualification Examinations and Certifications.
  • Prepare steel plates for certification welds.
  • Utilize proper welding electrodes for certification welds.
  • Determine proper amperages and voltages used with certification electrodes.
  • Determine proper welding polarities for certification welding.
  • Classify proper weld joints and joint qualifications used in a welding certification process.
  • Demonstrate the proper inner pass cleaning procedure for multi pass certification welding.
  • Demonstrate the ability to weld in and out of position using the Gas Metal Arc Welding and Fluxcore Arc welding process.
  • Demonstrate the ability to weld to a standard weld procedure.
  • Examine welds for weld defects.
  • Recognize weld discontinuities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform destructive testing for certification welding.

Course Schedule

 CourseSectionCourse TitleLocationCredit HoursInstructorsSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusFeeDays-Time-Room

Fall; 2021; WELDING TECHNOLOGY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 08/30/2021

 211548182GMAW Exam PrepMEC3Lanczak P7/16/0Open$313.00F  06:00 PM-07:54 PM MEC420
F  08:00 PM-09:54 PM MEC440

Winter; 2022; WELDING TECHNOLOGY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 01/10/2022

 211517157GMAW Exam PrepMEC3Lanczak P8/15/0Open$313.00F  06:00 PM-06:54 PM MEC420
F  07:00 PM-09:54 PM MEC430

Key: Day of the Week

  • T = Tuesday
  • R = Thursday
  • S = Saturday
  • X = Sunday