Back to TechShop Pittsburgh Class Catalog
WLD104: Stick Welding (SMAW) SBU
Class Number 4-51611

Welding is the process of fusing materials together. In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to use a basic stick welder. Stick welding, also called shielded metal arc welding, or SMAW, is an electric welding procedure that uses consumable stick electrodes that act as the electrode, filler medium and shielding mechanism all in one.

In this class, learn the fundamental safety procedures accompanying arc welding as well as how to weld mild steel with commonly available electrodes. We will also cover the arc welder setup, weld preparation, electrode size/type selection, and post weld slag cleanup/removal.

Stick welding is fast and very powerful, however it is not as clean as MIG or TIG, and requires more grinding and cleaning after welding.

Project: Guided practice with an instructor

Prerequisites: None. However, MTL103: Basic Metal Shop is recommended.

Equipment access: Stick welder

Minimum age: 12

Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

When using the welder outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

Safety
  • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes made of natural fibers or leather, natural fiber or leather long sleeved shirt, natural fiber or leather long pants. Welding hood, gloves and jacket provided by TechShop.

  • Advised: Leather welding jacket, leather welding pants, leather boots, respirator and hearing protection.



Passing this class is a requirement to use this equipment at TechShop

TechShop Location: TechShop Pittsburgh
Room / Area: Welding Shop
Instructor: Gabe Cottrell
 
Class Date: Monday, Jul 28, 2014
Start Time: 5:30 PM
Class Length: 2 Hours
 
Member Price: $60.00 Note: Active membership badge required at class check in.
Non-member Price: $75.00
Lab Fee: $5.00
 
Age Range: 12 and Up (Contact the store to register students under 13.)
Must Attend with Parent: 12 through 15
Min. Students: 2
Max Students: 5
Current Students: 1
Seats Left: 4

Registration Notes and Disclaimers:

  • This class has a required minimum enrollment of 2 students, you will be notified via email if it does not meet enrollment the day before the class session.
  • All classes at TechShop are subject to change; we make every attempt to notify all registered students.
  • Please ensure that we have correct contact information on file to contact you in the event of a schedule change.
  • Individuals who register for a class as a member will be asked to present a valid member ID before entering the class. Any non-member taking the class who paid the member price, will be required to pay the difference at the front desk before the class begins.
Register Online with a Credit Card as a TechShop Member
*Student's Name: *Student's Age:
* Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.  

Register Online with a Credit Card as a non-member
*Student's Name: *Student's Age:
Register Online with a Class Coupon
You may register for this class with a coupon code for one of the following class coupon types:
  • Choice Class Coupons
  • Family Class Adult Coupons
  • Family Class Minor Coupons
*Student's Name: *Student's Age:
Class Coupon Code:

(Please refer to our Coupon Classes page for a complete list of classes your coupon code is good for)