Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)

Technical Diploma

The Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Technical Diploma provides a solid foundation in process-specific production welding technology. The program is designed to develop the necessary entry-level competencies for work in the production welding and metal fabrication industries. Course work includes all position “stick” welds on steel plate, mechanical and thermal cutting, fabricating parts from prints and assessing weld quality. Potential occupations include: Welder, Construction Trades Apprentice, Maintenance and Repair Welder. As an Embedded Technical Diploma, this program ladders fully into the Welding Technical Diploma and the Welding Fabrication & Robotics Associate Degree program.

program at a Glance

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 11-12 Credit Technical Diploma

Formats Offered

On-Campus Availability

  • Wausau Fully Available
  • Antigo Fully Available
  • Medford -
  • Phillips Fully Available
  • Spencer Fully Available
  • Wittenberg -

Approximate Cost

$2,714 (Tuition: $2239, Books: $475)
For financial aid eligibility, please contact us.

Average Starting Salary

$29,785 According to Economic Modeling Specialists International.

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program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate industry recognized safety practices
  • Interpret welding drawings
  • Perform thermal cutting
  • Layout and fabricate weldments per print specification
  • Produce shielded metal arc welds

Potential Careers

  • Welder
  • Construction Trades Apprentice
  • Maintenance and Repair Welder

Course List

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Course List

Transfer Opportunities

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