Welder II – SMAW Pipe Welding

Course #2

(Welder II – SMAW Pipe Welder Course)


This course teaches Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) on pipe. Students learn the following skills:


1) Use and care of pipe welding tools.
2) Intro to pipe welding.
3) Proper electrode sizing and selection.
4) Arc strikes, shielding gas, hydrogen cracking.
5) The importance of pre-heating base material.
6) Pressure ratings, temperature reaction, expansion/contraction.
7) Amperage/Voltage ranges, Travel speed, Heat inputs.
8) Proper end prep, and fit-up techniques for pipe welding.
9) Body positioning techniques when pipe welding with SMAW.
10) Weld defects and acceptance criteria for AWS and ASME codes.
11) Intro to open-root pipe welding, electrode selection, and industry uses.
12) SMAW pipe welding techniques for all positions.
13) Non-Destructive Testing techniques for the piping industry.
14) Weld defects and repair procedures in accordance with applicable piping codes.
15) SMAW weld repair techniques and common industry practices.
16) SMAW pipe rack welding techniques.

Students are provided all the basic pipe welding tools needed to complete the course. Students learn how to weld pipe with SMAW on all sizes of pipe, from 8” to 2” in the booth and in the pipe rack simulator. Upon completion, students are certified to AWS specifications in accordance with ASME section IX and receive a course completion certificate.

Course Length: 7 weeks, 300 hrs

Pre-requisite course: Welder I, or pass the pre-test.

Pre-test: 3/8” Open Root V-Groove 2G & 3G Weld Test 6010/7018

The prices are listed in the handbook.


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