This course provides students with instruction in intermediate shielded metal arc welding operations and equipment. Labs will provide additional practice to develop SMAW competency to achieve satisfactory welds. Students will be instructed in the differences of currents and polarities, their effect on welds in varying positions, the elimination of arc blow in groove welds, and performing air carbon arc gouging on steel groove welds. Students will be instructed in the importance of heat input to prevent metal warpage and distortion and the ability to pass destructive and non-destructive testing. Students will be instructed in welding safety, potential welding hazards and the necessity of proper PPE.