Shielded Metal Arc Welding III-Pipe (SMAW) Syllabus for 2021-2022
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WLDG-2379-001 Shielded Metal Arc Welding III-Pipe (SMAW)


Prerequisite: WLDG 1376 - minimum grade of C

Course Description

An introduction to the welding of pipe using the shielded metal arc welding process, to include the selection of equipment, electrodes and base materials. Emphasis will be placed on fit up, equipment set up, operation and qualifications. Position of welds will be 1G, 2G and 5G.

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(3 sem hrs; 2 lec, 2 lab)

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ISBN-13: 978-1-305-49469-5




  • Bibs or Sleeves
  • Gloves
  • Head Covering, e.g. Welding Cap or Cotton Head Coverings
  • Heavy Denim or Wool Shirts
  • Jeans, Wool Pants, Coveralls or Overalls
  • Leather Boots or Shoes
  • Safety Glasses
  • Chipping Hammer
  • Four or Seven Inch Grinder, with Wire Brush and Matching Disks
  • Steel Wire Brush
  • 1 or 2 Pound Sledge Hammer
  • 10 Pound Welding Rod Container
  • 12 Ga. Extension Cord
  • 12” Crescent Wrench
  • 3 – Four Inch C-Clamps
  • Assorted Small Wrenches From ½ To 1” for Equipment Changes
  • Cutting Goggles or Tinted Safety Glasses
  • Flat and Half-Round File
  • Grinding Shield
  • Locking Pliers / C-Clamps
  • Metal Marker
  • Padlock
  • Pipe Wrap-Around
  • Slip Joint Pliers
  • Small Flashlight
  • Metal Straight Edge
  • Striker and Matching Flints
  • Tape Measure
  • Tip Cleaner
  • Welding Helmet with Extra Clear Lenses and Lens Cleaner
  • Torch Set to Include:
    • Cutting Head
    • Gentec Inline Quick Connectors
    • Hose
    • Torch Body
    • Welding Tips: #0 and #1



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 fillet welds in all positions on carbon steel.
  • Makes groove welds in all positions on carbon steel.
  • Passes SMAW welder performance qualification test (2G, 3G, and 4G uphill, limited thickness test plates) on carbon steel.

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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.


Shop Policy

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. 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 may 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.


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Grading Criteria

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

Attendance/Participation   – – – – – – – – – – – – – 20%

Bend Tests   – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – - 50%               

Homework/notebook  – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -15%  

Final Exam – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –   15%                                                                                                      




       > than 90%----------A






Attendance in class and lab participation is regarded as a requirement and an obligation for learning.  Due to class schedules in accelerated programs, it will not be possible to have make up days for classes which have been missed.  Students should make every effort possible to attend and be on time for all classes.  being more than 20 minutes latefor a class or leaving early without the instructor’s permission will count as a ½ day absence.




Class orientation, welding safety, equipment setup and operation

Class Meeting 2

Beveling, preparing, fitup, and tacking of weld joints

Class Meeting 3

Open butt v-groove plate, overhead (4G) position

Class Meeting 4

Open butt v-groove plate, overhead (4G) position

Class Meeting 5

Open butt v-groove pipe, 1G position

Class Meeting 6

Open butt v-groove pipe, 1G position

Class Meeting 7

Open butt v-groove pipe, 2G position

Class Meeting 8

Open butt v-groove pipe, 2G position


Class Meeting 9

Open butt v-groove pipe, 5G position

Class Meeting 10

Open butt v-groove pipe, 5G position

Class Meeting 11

Open butt v-groove pipe, 5G position

Class Meeting 12

Open butt v-groove pipe, 5G  position 

Class Meeting 13

Open butt v-groove pipe, 6G position

Class Meeting 14

Open butt v-groove pipe, 6G position

Class Meeting 15

Open butt v-groove pipe, 6G position- – begin bend testing

Class Meeting 16

Open butt v-groove pipe, complete bend tests .. SHOP CLEANUP


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Syllabus Created on:

01/20/22 3:20 PM

Last Edited on:

01/20/22 3:20 PM