SMAW Welding Night Course (30 Hours)

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ATTENTION: Students must be AT LEAST 16-years of age to attend any recreational class at our facility, unless otherwise specified.

If you have a question about the facility or registering for a class, please call Arc + Flame directly at 585-349-7110.

Safety is our number one concern at Rochester Arc + Flame Center. Please contact us at 585-349-7110 before registering for classes., If you have any concerns pertaining to your hearing, vision, hand dexterity, or mental health, or any other disability that would impact your ability to participate in class.

Students are required to wear boots or sneakers that cover their whole foot, jeans or long pants that cover your whole leg & ankle, and a t-shirt that covers their shoudlers.

Please do not wear flammable materials such as Nylon or Synthetics.

Please do not wear sandals, crocks, open toed shoes, shorts, or dresses.

For the safety of our students and teachers, failure to comply may result in being unable to participate in the class. 

SMAW Welding Night Course (30 Hours)


SMAW (STICK) WELDING: Shield Metal Arc Welding, this is an electric arc process that uses a consumable flux-coated rod as the electrode and the filler metal. Required equipment includes a constant-current welding power source electrode cable with electrode holder and ground cable with ground clamp. STICK Welding is one of the most widely used processes, particularly for short welds in production, maintenance, and repair work, and for field construction.

Our 30-hour STICK Welding Night Course provides comprehensive, in-depth training twice a week from 6:00pm-9:00pm, for a total of 10 sessions over 5 weeks. Upon completion, students will be familiar with safety protocol, equipment & equipment set up, proper welding techniques, and troubleshooting. This class is designed for beginners (zero experience is required) and for those looking to take their skills to the next level.

Our experienced instructors use a combination of lecture (25%) and hands-on practice (75%). Our facility features individual welding stations for up to 16 students.

See topics covered below for more details.

  • Safety for Welders
  • The SMAW process
  • Types of SMAW equipment
  • Assembling a SMAW system
  • Welding steel in the Flat, Horizontal, Vertical, and Overhead positions
  • Proper techniques for welding "tee", "lap", "corner", "butt", and "edge" joints
  • Welding defects; causes and cures
  • Choosing proper filler metal alloy and size for the job
  • Techniques for SMAW welding thin sheet metal
  • Techniques for SMAW welding light structural and dissimilar thickness steel
  • Plasma cutting equipment and proper cutting techniques (one-night overview)
  • Abrasives and metal finishing applications: products and safety 

  • Students will receive their own jackets, gloves, safety glasses, and ear plugs.
  • All materials included in price.
  • Students will use Arc + Flame owned auto darkening welding helmets during the course.

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