This course is designed to introduce students to standard welding procedures and thermal cutting (OFC/PAC). Instruction will focus on developing hands-on proficiency using the SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) process utilizing the equipment and applications that are considered the standard for a variety of industries. Substantial hands-on practice with instructor supervision will enable students to develop proper technique in all positions with 6011 and 7018 pad and fillet welds in flat and horizontal positions with 7024. Upon completion of the course students who feel that they have achieved sufficient proficiency can schedule a welder performance qualification test(s) in for visual on 3-bead fillet 6011, 7018 (2F, 3F, and 4F); or a fillet weld break test 6010 (2F and 4F). This class is an excellent prerequisite for the advanced course that will provide intensive instruction and practice leading to additional opportunities to earn AWS certifications as a structural steel welder. NOTE: Students are expected to wear leather shoes or boots, a long sleeve shirt, and safety glasses.