Arc Welding Fundamentals Syllabus for 2021-2022
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WLDG-1371-002 Arc Welding Fundamentals


Prerequisite: WLDG 1370 with minimum grade of C

Course Description

Instruction and practice of equipment inspection, maintenance, repair, and set up for shielded metal arc welding (SMAW). Instruction and practice in the production of fillet welds in all positions on carbon steel using 6010 and 7018 electrodes.

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(3 sem hrs; 2 lec, 2 lab)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


5th Edition
Authors:  BJ Moniz and RT Miller
Publisher: American Technical Publishing
ISBN #978-0-8269-3084-2
5th Edition
Author:  Jonathan F Gosse
Publisher:  American Technical Publishing
ISBN #978-0-8269-3085-9





     (4)--AC logo long sleeve shirt 

          --Jeans, wool pants, coveralls or overalls (no rips or frays)

          --Plain cotton t-shirts

(no designs/imprints or v neck/low cut shirts)

          --Leather Boots

(steel toed preferred)

     (1)--Welding cap

     (1)--Heavy duty welding Gloves

     (1)--Light leather work Gloves

     (1)--Leather welding Jacket

     (1)--Safety glasses

     (1)--Welding Helmet w/ #9 & #10 lens

 (or auto darkening lens)

     (8)--Clear cover plates for welding helmet

     (1)--Tinted Oxyfuel safety glasses (shade #5)

     (1)--Heat shield hand pad

     (1)--Grinding face shield         



(1)---Large tool bag or box

     (1)--12 gage extension cord

     (1)--2 Pound sledge hammer

     (1)--12oz Ball peen hammer

          (1)--10 pound Welding rod container

     (1)--12” crescent wrench

     (4)--4” C-clamps

     (1)--Wrench set ranging from ½” to 11/8

     (1)--Flat and Half round Files

     (1)--Locking pliers

     (1)--Slip joint pliers

     (1)--Soap stone set

     (1)--Metal paint marker 

     (2)--Combination padlock

     (1)--Pipe wrap-around

     (1)--12” Combination square (metal straight edge)

     (1)--Small flashlight

     (1)--Striker and matching flints

     (1)--Tape measure (16’ or larger)

     (1)--Torch tip cleaner

     (1)--Oxyfuel torch set

                Oxyfuel torch body

                Oxyfuel torch cutting head

                Oxyfuel cutting tip size #0 and #00

Oxyfuel welding tip size #0 and #1

Gentec Inline Quick Connectors

     (1)--Chipping hammer

     (1)--Wire Brush

     (1)--4.5” Angle Grinder

   (20)--4.5” Grinder Hard rock disks (thick)

   (20)--4.5” Grinder flap disks 36 grit

     (3)--4.5” Grinder hard rock pipeliner disks (thin)

     (4)--4.5” Grinder wire wheel 

 (1)---Three Ring heavy duty binder 3”

     (1)--8.5”x11” College ruled paper

     (1)--Graph paper (4 square/inch)

     (1)--Three ring dividers

Student Performance

  • Prepares time or job cards, reports or records.
  • Performs housekeeping duties.
  • Follows verbal instructions to complete work assignments.
  • Follows written instructions to complete work assignments.
  • Performs safety inspections of SMAW equipment and accessories.
  • Makes minor external repairs to SMAW equipment and accessories.
  • Sets up for SMAW operations on carbon steel.
  • Operates SMAW equipment on carbon steel.
  • Makes weld bead pads on flat carbon steel plate in all positions.
  • Makes fillet welds on carbon steel in all positions.
  • Study and perform destructive and Nondestructive Welder Performance Qualifications

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Notebook & Class Equipment

Students are recommended to take notes during lectures and should maintain a class notebook containing handouts and reference materials. Students shall furnish personal protective equipment to include safety glasses and have their own personal hand tools similar to those on the department tool list.  Students shall bring paper and pen or pencil to each class meeting.


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Read safety handouts provided, use common sense, maintain safe shop practices, keep your Lab clean, and orderly. Keep all safety shields/guards, and equipment in place at all times. Notify your Instructor of faulty wiring/equipment, worn or damaged tools, or missing parts. No horseplay is allowed whatsoever. Academic disciplinary measures will be promptly administered to offending person(s). Please help the Instructor to maintain order so that he can be free to use your time for more effective teaching, and less time housekeeping. We all can enjoy the benefits of an effective and conducive learning environment. Remember to use your safety glasses when entering the shop area.


Tools, Equipment, and Clothing

Students shall wear appropriate clothing to perform any work task assigned. Students at all times must wear an approved shirt with the Amarillo College logo during class meetings.  Failure to wear approved shirt will result in an absence for the entire meeting. Tools and equipment specified for this class and any preliminary class in the curriculum are to be furnished by the student. Failure to dress for work or bring needed equipment will count as an absence. All tools should be properly used and cared for, thus allowing for longevity and safety of both the user and the tool.


Stealing, vandalism, or pilferage will be dealt with severely!! No drugs, tobacco, drinks, or food allowed!


All students are expected to follow the Amarillo College Students Code of Conduct. Any violation of this Code will be dealt with appropriately.

Grading Criteria

Students should complete all projects and performance tests at the REQUIRED PROFESSIONAL LEVEL.  They will be scored on neatness, completeness, procedure, professionalism, attitude, attendance and punctuality, shop cleanup, and SAFETY PRACTICES. 

Daily Attendance/Participation                      20%

Lab Performance                                           40%

Homework/Assessments                               10%

Mid-term Exam                                               15%

Final Exam                                                      15%

Class Total                                                      100%




       60 - 69%------D

       < 59%---------F


Full attendance and participation in class and lab is regarded as a requirement and an obligation for learning.  Students will be allowed to make up one excused absence with the prior approval of the instructor.  Four absences will result in a failing grade for the semester, this equals 25% of class missed.  Any absences or tardiness need to be emailed to instructor prior to scheduled class meeting for consideration of exemption.

Class will begin promptly at the designated time for class, any student arriving after this time will be counted tardy and lose pts. for the meeting.  Students must return from breaks promptly and on time. Students must be released by the instructor before leaving the class or lab meeting.

Students must legibly sign in and out of class and lab to be counted present.



Tenative Class Calendar

Class Meeting 1

Class orientation, welding safety, equipment setup and operation

 Assign Chp 31,32,34,36 Read,Questions,Workbook

Class Meeting 2

Striking an arc, making weld beads, E-6010 and E-7018 electrodes

Class Meeting 3

Weld bead pads, all positions, E-6010 electrodes

Class Meeting 4

Weld bead pads, all positions, E-6010 electrodes

Class Meeting 5

Weld bead pads, all positions, E-6010 electrodes

 Chapter 31,32,34,36 Due

Assign Chp 37 Read,Questions,Workbook

Class Meeting 6

weld bead pads, all positions, E-7018 electrodes

Class Meeting 7

Weld bead pads, all positions, E-7018 electrodes

Midterm Written Exam


Class Meeting 8

Weld bead pads, all positions, E-7018 electrodes

Class Meeting 9

 Fillet welds, flat position, E-6010 electrodes

 Chp 37 Due.

Class Meeting 10                                                      Fillet welds, horizontal position E6010 electrodes

Class Meeting 11

Fillet welds, vertical position, E6010 electrodes


Class Meeting 12

Fillet welds, overhead position, E*6010 electrodes


Class Meeting 13

Fillet welds, flat position, E-7018 electrodes


Class Meeting 14

Fillet welds, horizontal position, E-7018 electrodes


Class Meeting  15

Fillet welds, vertical position, E-7018 electrodes Notebooks due

WRITTEN FINAL EXAM                                                



Class Meeting 16

Fillet welds, overhead position, E-7018 electrodes 





Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

03/23/21 3:06 PM

Last Edited on:

02/15/22 3:02 PM