Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
WLD 114
Course Title:
Shielded Metal Arc Welding: Mild Steel III (E6011)
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Course Description

Develops knowledge and manipulative skills in the use of E6011 mild steel electrodes when performing various welds in the flat, horizontal and vertical positions. Department permission required. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This is a outcome based course utilizing a lecture/lab format. This course includes classroom discussions, computer based instruction, and lab demonstrations covering technical skills. Course outcomes will include: theoretical concepts, layout, fabrication, welding, oxyfuel cutting, safety and environmental awareness, communication, computations and human relations.

Intended Outcomes for the course

·Function safely in a welding shop environment.
· Demonstrate professional work ethics.
· Apply math and science concepts to the welding related process.
· Operate oxyfuel portable and track cutting systems in accordance with industry standards
· Interpret drawing and symbols to accurately layout a project; prepare and assemble to specified tolerances; and weld joints in accordance to AWS D1.1, Structural Steel Code.
· Weld common joint configurations with the E6011electrode to code quality standards in the flat, horizontal, and vertical positions.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The student will be assessed on his/her ability to demonstrate the development of course outcomes. The methods of assessment may include one or more of the following: oral or written examinations, quizzes, observation, written assignments, visual inspection techniques, welding tests, safe work habits, task performance and work relations.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Function safely in the PCC Welding Shop.

    ·         Practice personal safety by using proper protective gear.

    ·         Practice hand and power tool safety.

    ·         Practice equipment safety for welding and oxy fuel cutting systems.

    ·         Practice and maintain a safe work area.

                    Recognize and report dangerous electrical and air/gas hose connections.

                    Understand and practice fire prevention.

    ·         Access and explain the importance Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

    Demonstrate professional work ethics

    ·         Track training hours on time card

    ·         Perform projects in accordance to specifications and procedures

    ·         Follow directions in a positive manner

    ·         Manage time productively

    ·         Respects equipment and others

    ·         Demonstrate skill in problem solving and decision making

    Apply math and science concepts to the welding related process.

    • Apply order of operation rules
    • Calculate surface areas of rectangles and circles
    • Determine steel costs by weight per square foot calculations
    • Explain the characteristics of E6011 Electrodes and why is E6011 a High-Hydrogen Electrode?

    ·         Explain how Heat-Affected Zone (HAZ) Cracking is possible

    ·         Describe mechanical properties of weld metal deposited by SMAW with E6011

    Operate oxyfuel portable and track cutting systems in accordance with industry standards

    ·         Demonstrate correct setup and shutdown procedures for the hand cutting and track cutting systems .

    ·         Perform oxy fuel cutting with guided practice.

    Interpret drawing and symbols to accurately layout, prepare and assemble weld joints

    ·         Interpret lines, symbols and verbiage on project drawing

    ·         Layout material per drawing specifications

    ·         Use the oxyfuel cutting process to cut material to specified dimensions.

    ·         Grind material to meet specifications.

    ·         Assemble weld project per specification.

    Weld common joints with the E6011 to code quality standards in the flat, horizontal, and

    vertical positions

    ·         Use correct terminology.

                    Define terms used in the SMAW process.

    ·         Equipment identification, setup, shut down, and principles of operation for SMAW.

                    Power source identification and adjustment.

                    Welding lead, connections, inspection, and use.

                    Electrode identification, characteristics, and use.

    ·         Know essential variables of SMAW by demonstrating the effects of the following variables: current,    travel speed, electrode angle and arc length.

    ·         Demonstrate correct welding techniques with the E6011

                    Starting and stopping

                    Overlapping welds

                    Follow welding procedure


    ·         Demonstrate correct welding techniques in the following joints:

                    Flat Position:

                                    Bead Plate

                    Horizontal Position:


                                    Lap Joint

                                    Out side Corner Joint (complete Joint penetration)

                    Vertical Position:


    ·         Demonstrate visual examination principles and practices