Segments in this Video

Introduction: What Is Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)? (01:49)


An arc is created when electrons cross from negative to positive, creating intense heat. In stick welding, a flux coating protects the weld puddle, adds alloying elements, and allows the puddle to cool. A safety tip is included.

Components of a Shielded Metal Arc Welding System (02:31)

Components include power sources, which are rated by their duty cycles. Concepts covered include AC, DC, DCRP modes, and equipment such as electrode holder and ground clamp. A safety tip is included.

Choosing the Correct Welding Rod (02:46)

Viewers learn SMAW electrode selection factors. Welding rods come in various diameters. Several all-purpose electrodes are featured. Always refer to the MSDS that comes with all welding rods.

Safe Welding Environment and Protective Equipment (03:31)

Viewers learn how to create a safe welding environment. Protective equipment includes personal protective equipment (PPE), and clothing designed to protect the welder completely. Safety tip warns about "arc flash" or "arc eye."

Setting Up a Shielded Metal Arc Welding System for Use (01:47)

Follow the steps to setting up and turning on an arc welder. Each step of the welding process preparation including cautions and safety tips are demonstrated and explained. Safety tip: Never drape an electrode cable over your shoulder.

Laying a Bead (05:11)

A quality weld means good penetration of welding joint, proper tie-in to other beads, and minimal defects that will pass code. Follow step-by-step instructions and demonstrations from striking the arc, laying the bead, and to restarting the weld.

Reading the Bead (01:42)

From time to time, inspect the weld slag bead for quality. Reading the bead will provide insights into welding variables that might need to be changed. Learn the qualities of a good weld. Computer graphics accompany this discussion.

Advanced Welding Techniques (03:21)

Advanced welding techniques include welding the five basic joint types. Follow step-by-step instructions and demonstrations for welding. Solutions for arc blow are included.

Credits: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) (00:38)

Credits: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)

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Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)

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Often referred to as “stick welding,” SMAW has been used for decades to weld most metals and alloys. This video helps students learn the basics of the SMAW method, in which the electrode is consumable and becomes part of the weld. Identifying critical system components, the video explains different power types and power levels and includes a discussion of DCRP, DCSP, and AC modes. It then shows how to choose the correct welding rod, make sure that all equipment and working conditions meet professional safety standards, set up the system to begin work, correctly lay a bead, and read or inspect a bead. A segment on advanced techniques looks at several types of joints—edge, corner, lap, and tee joints as well as various butt joints—in addition to root, fill, and cap passes. Solving the problem of arc blow is also covered. Correlates to all National CTE Organizational Standards (including the provisions of the Perkins Act). A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. A Shopware Production. A part of the series Welding Processes and Fundamentals. (23 minutes)

Length: 24 minutes

Item#: BVL43938

ISBN: 978-1-62102-328-9

Copyright date: ©2012

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