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Heartland Community College

Shielded Metal Arc Welding Basics

6 credit hours

Catalog Year 2022-2023

The Shielded Metal Arc Welding microcertificate prepares you for entry-level positions as a SMAW or “stick” welder. You will learn basic and advanced SMAW techniques such as selection and use of appropriate SMAW materials, tools, and equipment as well as weld design and inspection. With these skills, you can work in a variety of settings including manufacturing, construction, and general industry. Should you decide to pursue further education in this area, you can apply all of these courses toward the Welding Skills Certificate, the Industrial Technology Certificate, and/or the Industrial Technology AAS degree. 

*This program is designed to be completed in one semester, and is offered each fall and spring. Summer offerings vary.

Class Title Credit Hours
WELD 116 Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding 3
WELD 216 Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding 3
Total Credit Hours 6

Contact Us

Technology Department
WDC 1200
1500 W Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: (309) 268-8860
Fax: (309) 268-7963

Email the Technology Department

Adam Campbell

Interim Dean, Career and Technical Education
WDC 2202
Phone: (309) 268-8895