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Welding 101A - Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding - Todd Fatta

Course:Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding
Professor:Todd Fatta
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Hello and Welcome to Weld 101A - Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding. You will learn the proper use and inspection of personal protection equipment (PPE) and interpret basic welding terminology as it applies to common welding industry applications. You will operate welding equipment to industry accepted safety requirements. And you will perform shielded metal arc welding to industry standards in the flat and horizontal position.

Course Description

This course is 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). During our lab sessions, you will demonstrate proficiency in completing flat and horizontal welds on carbon steel using SMAW

What to Expect in this Course

Weld 101A will consist of two instructional delivery methods: 1) All class lectures will be in person at the Valencia Campus, Towsley Hall (TWSH) room 106. Reading assignments, homework assignments quizzes and exams will be performed through the online learning management system called CANVAS; 2) All lab work will be conducted on-ground at the Valencia Campus at Towsley Hall TWSH-120. 

  • You will need to access to a PC, laptop, or tablet that has access to a reliable, high-speed internet connection.
  • Microsoft Word. You can download the Microsoft Office Suite for FREE as part of your school My Canyons account ( 
  • A Canvas smartphone app is available to download! (Canvas by Instructure)


Weld 101A is 5 weeks in duration: 8/28/2023 - 9/27/2023

LECTURE - Mon, Tues and Wed - 5:00 pm to 6:35 pm
LAB -           Mon, Tues and Wed -  6:45 pm to 10:20 pm

Types of Assessments

There will be homework and reading assignments, chapter exams, written assignments, and cumulative final exam which will be taken in Canvas.

In addition, AWS SENSE exams will be taken at,  and NC3 online exams via the National Coalition of Certification Cen at . Welding projects, which will be completed in the welding lab at COC.

Textbook Information



Goodheart-Wilcox Publisher Modern Welding 13 th Edition Hard copy Textbook and the G-W online access.

Modern Welding 2024 Bundle (Text + EduHub LM Ready Content, 2yr. Indv. Access Key Packet)SBN 978-1-68584-656-5

Bundle includes a copy of the Printed Textbook and EduHub LMS-Ready. Content 2yr. Individual Access Key Code Subscription.

This can be purchased through your Canvas shell (Purchase Course Materials)

Edition : 24

Publisher : G/W

ISBN 13 : 9781685846411



Please note: Students who do not possess the required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and items as listed below may not be allowed to participate in the lab activity

(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 (optional)

(2) Hard disks for grinder for grinding steel (optional)

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

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

(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 (optional)

Note: Be sure and put your name on each tool.

I will discuss the required tools with you during our in person lecture.

Recommended distributors:

*Airgas West 23047 Drayton St, Santa Clarita, CA 91350 (661) 284-5900

*Praxair Distribution. Inc. 21450 Golden Triangle Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91350 

* Mention to these distributors that you are a COC welding student to receive a discount.*


Other Relevant Course Information

Beginning on Aug 28, 2023  all live lectures will be in person and all, handouts, homework and reading assignments, quizzes and exams will be in Canvas.

Most likely, the first day of lab will be on Sep 5, 2023, due to the Labor Day Holiday Monday Sept 4. 

(You will need all the welding and personal protective equipment on your first day of lab)

If you have any questions about this course, send me an email. I am happy to answer any questions you may have.

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:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Last updated: 08/20/2023 Sub#: 1646