Welding Process Technology SMAW

  • Credits: 12.25
  • Degree Type: Certificate
  • Campus: Thief River Falls

Program Overview

The Welding Process Technology SMAW certificate is designed for those students that want to concentrate on the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW). A process commonly referred to as stick welding. Students that complete the SMAW certificate will be proficient in SMAW on carbon steel sheet, plate, and pipe.

This certificate is comprised of courses taken from the Welding Process Technology diploma and may be earned in conjunction with the diploma.

The Welding Process Technology program in Thief River Falls offers scheduling flexibility where students work at their own pace allowing motivated individuals or those with prior knowledge to complete courses at a faster pace. The WELD courses in Thief River Falls meet within an open or flex lab setting. The TRF welding lab will have extended hours that allows for the student to practice and develop hands-on skills. Faculty in the TRF Welding program are available during these flex lab hours to assist learners with questions and to administer skills assessments. Students enrolled in the Thief River Falls WELD courses will be responsible for managing their own learning.

What is Competency-Based Education?

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With Northland Competency-Based Education, you study on your own (always with access to your instructors as needed), use Northland’s Flex Labs to practice and develop your hands-on skills, and you advance (pass the class) as soon as you’ve mastered the material and can demonstrate your new skills. You move on to the next course at your pace.

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Program Course Listings

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
CRLT 2103 Job Seeking/Keeping 1
WELD 1100 Weld Orientation 1
WELD 1110 Blueprint Reading/Symbols 2
WELD 1200 SMAW Fundamentals 0.25
WELD 1201 SMAW Arc Start/Beads 0.5
WELD 1202 SMAW Basic Fillets 0.5
WELD 1203 SMAW Weld Quality 0.25
WELD 1204 SMAW 1G-2G Welds 0.5
WELD 1205 SMAW Vertical Fillets 0.5
WELD 1206 SMAW Overhead Fillets 0.5
WELD 1207 SMAW Vertical Grooves 0.5
WELD 1208 SMAW Overhead Grooves 0.5
WELD 1209 SMAW - E7024 0.25
WELD 1210 SMAW Open-Root Grooves 1.5
WELD 1211 SMAW 2G Pipe 0.75
WELD 1212 SMAW 5G Pipe 1
WELD 1213 SMAW 6G Pipe 0.75

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