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Weld 101A - Intro to Shielded Metal Arc Welding - Ryan Seymour

Course:Intro to Shielded Metal Arc Welding
Professor:Ryan Seymour
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Hello everyone, My name is Ryan Seymour and I am the instructor for the Weld 101a class. This course covers the safety, theory and hands on application of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW). This is a beginning course so all skill levels are welcome.

Course Description

The first of a three-part series introducing the theory and application of shielded metal arc welding (SMAW). Emphasizes safety procedures, use of SMAW consumables & welding equipment, and proper welding techniques in accordance with the American Welding Society SENSE EG2.0 Entry-Level Welder program and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3).

What to Expect in this Course

There is a required online component for this course through Canvas using the Goodheart Wilcox Online Course platform, which you purchase from the College of the Canyons Bookstore.

You will also be required to complete (2) SENSE online exams via the American Welding Society (AWS). The SENSE exams can all be accessed through Canvas. You will also be required to complete (3) NC3 online exams via the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3).

You will need to have access to an electronic device (PC, laptop, tablet) and WiFi to participate in the assignments held under Canvas and to also participate in the Zoom meetings.

Types of Assessments

All assignments besides the hands on welding projects will be completed online in canvas, through AWS or NC3.

Textbook Information

Goodheart-Wilcox Publisher Modern Welding 12th Edition Hardcopy Textbook and the G-W online access.

Modern Welding 2020 – Bundle - Textbook + Common Cartridge 2 year access, ISBN # 978-1-64564-016-5

Modern Welding 2020 – Bundle - Textbook + Common Cartridge 1 year access, ISBN # 978-1-63563-913-1


Other Relevant Course Information

 I will be going over the list in lecture the first week with some recomendations. We should be going to work by week #2 so you will need your supplies by then.

Tools and supplies needed.

(1)Arc welding helmet

(5) Extra clear lenses for welding helmet

(1) Pair of arc welding gloves

(1) Welding Jacket (all leather preferred)

(1) Clear Safety glasses (ANSI 78.1 rated)

(1) Sturdy leather work boots (high rise)

(1) Chipping hammer

(1) Large wire brush

(1) 4 ½ - 5” electric (120VAC) powered grinder

(1) Hard disks for grinder (for grinding steel)

(1) Flapper Discs - 40 or 60 Grit (for polishing v-groove plates)

(1) Wire wheel for grinder (for cleaning welds)

(1) High powered flashlight or (120VAC) lamp

(1) VISE-GRIP 6 in. C-Clamp Locking Pliers (or equivalent)

(1) VISE-GRIP 6 in. Groove lock V-Jaw Pliers (or equivalent) Respirators/Masks


Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

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Last updated: 02/10/2022 Sub#: 1304