Introduction to Stick Welding

SMAW, commonly known as stick welding, is a leading welding industry standard. Most stick welding applications will be found in the oil and gas industry, steel erection and mobile welding. From the hobby enthusiast, to someone looking to potentially pursue this as a career, this Introduction to Stick welding is an opportunity to get hands-on experience and training with a low teacher to student ratio.

Our 30-hr Stick Welding Course provides comprehensive training twice a week from 6:00pm-9:00pm, for a total of 10 sessions (5 weeks total). Classes feature a combination of lecture and valuable hands-on practice. This class is designed for beginners (zero experience is required) and also those who need a refresher with the SMAW welding process. Upon completion, students will be familiar with safety, equipment, equipment set up and proper welding techniques.

Topics covered in course:

  • Safety for Welders
  • The SMAW process
  • Types of SMAW equipment
  • Proper identification and selection of welding consumables
  • Welding steel in the Flat, Horizontal positions
  • Proper techniques for welding “filet” ,”lap”, “grove” joints
  • Welding defects; causes, cures and discontinuities
  • Oxy Acetylene cutting torches, applications, safety and practice
  • Plasma Arc cutting torches, applications, safety and practice
  • Techniques for safe handling of grinders and application
  • Understanding and proper reading of a measuring tape
  • Abrasives and metal finishing applications: products and safety

Students are encouraged to purchase their own helmet for the course but a standard non-auto darkening helmet is available to use for the duration of the program.

All personal protective clothing needed for the course will be provided within the cost of the program (gloves and welding beanie), welding jackets will be available for student use for the duration of the program.

**Students must attend with CSA certified steel toe boots.

Cost: $1, 300

Course Schedules:

  • Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 – 9 pm for 5 weeks (total 10 sessions)
  • Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 – 9 pm for 5 weeks (total 10 sessions)
  • Saturday course also available (5 sessions at 6 hours each)


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