Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
WLD 253
Course Title:
SMAW Certification Practice 3/8" Mild Steel (E6011)
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
0
Lecture/Lab Hours:
80
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
$24.00

Course Description

Provides an opportunity to practice for the American Welding Society Mild Steel Welding Certification tests using SMAW mild steel electrodes in the horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. Prerequisites: 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, videotapes, and lab demonstrations of technical skills.  Course outcomes will include: theoretical concepts, layout, fabrication, welding, oxy-fuel cutting, and safety. 

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Function safely in the PCC Welding Lab.

  • Operate oxy-fuel portable and track cutting systems in accordance with industry standards.

  • Understand and apply code requirements for SMAW E6011.

  • Interpret blueprints to accurately lay out, prepare, and assemble weld joints.

  • Weld limited thickness single V-groove welds with E6011 to AWS D1.1 Structural Steel Welding Code.

  • Operate an CAC-A (Carbon Arc Cutting - Air) system in accordance with industry standards.

  • Apply visual and destructive examination principles and practices in accordance with AWS D1.1.

Course Activities and Design

Welding lec/lab courses are Open Entry and Open Exit (OE/OE) and are offered concurrently. Courses are designed to meet the needs of the students with flexible scheduling options.  Students may attend full time or part time. This is an OE/OE course which does not align with the normal academic calendar.

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, written assignments, visual inspection welding tests, safe work habits and task performance. 

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Function safely in the PCC Welding Shop.

  • Understand and practice personal safety by using proper protective gear

  • Understand and practice power tool safety

  • Understand and practice equipment safety for welding and oxy-fuel cutting systems

  • Understand and maintain a safe work area

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

    • Understand and practice fire prevention

Operate oxy-fuel 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

Understand and apply code requirements for SMAW E6011.

  • Demonstrate proper Arc Length and Travel speed

  • Demonstrate correct starting, stopping and restarting techniques

  • Demonstrate proper bead placement for single V-groove welds

Interpret blueprints to accurately lay out, prepare, and assemble weld joints.

  • Interpret  lines, symbols, views and notes

  • Lay out material per specifications

  • Use the oxy-fuel cutting process to cut material to specified dimensions

  • Assemble project per welding procedure specifications (WPS)

Weld limited thickness single V-groove welds with E6011 to AWS D1.1 Structural Steel Welding Code in the following joint configurations and positions.

  • Demonstrate correct welding techniques in the following joints:
    • Vertical Position:

      • Limited thickness single v-groove

    • Overhead Position:

      • Limited thickness single v-groove

Operate an CAC-A (Carbon Arc Cutting - Air) system in accordance with industry standards.

  • Demonstrate the effects of the following variables in position: electrode angle, amperage setting, air pressure, and travel speed

  • Demonstrate correct CAC-A gouging techniques on single V-groove welds

Apply visual and destructive examination principles and practices in accordance with AWS D1.1.

  • Explain visual inspection criteria 

  • Evaluate welds using appropriate welding inspection tools

  • Assess weld discontinuities causes and corrections