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Industrial Welding Technology: SMAW Welder Career Pathways Certificate

Industrial Welding Technology: SMAW Welder CPC (PDF)*

Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The SMAW Career Pathways Certificate gives students the necessary skills to an entry level position where Shielded Metal Arc Welding is the predominate welding process. Students will develop skills utilizing E 7018 and E 6010 in Flat, Horizontal, Vertical and overhead welding positions. They will train in passing the A.W.S. D1.1 welding qualification test if they so choose.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for industrial welding programs are:

Demonstrate a commitment to a culture of safety in all college and work environments.

Produce industry quality weldments on carbon steel plate in various joint and groove configurations.

Produce industry-quality welds on various diameters of carbon steel pipe in the 5g and 6g positions using SMAW electrodes E6010 and E7018.

Develop a logical sequence of steps to foresee, troubleshoot, and resolve mechanical and process issues that may arise in the workplace.

Interpret and create mechanical blueprints to industry standards.

Layout and fabricate industry-quality fabrication projects using shearing and forming equipment.

Demonstrate and apply the professional standards of the industry.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the Design and Digital Media Coordinator’s approval. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over five years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Each College Now credit student must meet with the department chair to determine placement.

Credits earned in the successful completion of Career Pathways certificates can be applied to other certificates and degrees in the Career Pathway. For more information, speak to a program advisor.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better to receive their certificates. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.

Course No.
Course Title
MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement score 0-4

College Reading/Fundamentals of Composition or
WR91 Fundamentals of Academic Literacy (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement score

  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-12
Course No.
Course Title
Required Courses
WLD111 Technology of Industrial Welding I 6
WLD112 Technology of Industrial Welding II 6
WLD113 Technology of Industrial Welding III 6
WLD250C Selectied Topics in SMAW 2-4
  Approved Program Electives 2-6
  Approved Program Electives  
MEC130 Hydraulics I 3
WLD123 Aluminum Boat Welding I 6
WLD250A Selected Topics FCAW 2-6
WLD250B Selected Topics GTAW 2-6
WLD250D Selected Topics GMAW 2-6
WLD250F Capstone Project 2-6

For more information, contact the Industrial Welding Department:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-245-7809
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7809
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711
3345 Redwood Highway • Grants Pass, OR 97527

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