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Certified STICK Welder

Shielded Metal Arch Welding (SMAW) is an arc welding process using a coated electrode typically deposited manually. It is the most common welding process used today and has a wide application in industry.

Earlbeck SMAW welding courses builds on the fundamentals and carries the student through all position certification to American Welding Society D1.1 Structural Welding Code-Steel.

If you successfully complete the Fundamentals and Intermediate SMAW course, you can become a certified structural steel STICK welder in just 90 hours. Become certified STICK PIPE Welder by completing another 48 hours of training through Advanced Shielded Metal Arch Welding.

All Earlbeck welding courses are taught at the Earlbeck Technical Center in Baltimore. Courses in all processes are taught year’ round in both daytime and evening formats. To find out more information about the STICK welding program at Earlbeck call 410-687-8400.

Registration for Earlbeck welding courses is done through Anne Arundel Community College. Earlbeck Gases and Technologies can't register you. You may register for any of the Earlbeck courses at the college's main campus in Arnold, at AACC at the Glen Burnie Town Center, or at AACC at Arundel Mills.

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OPT 394 - Fundamentals of Welding Certified Training
Learn oxy-fuel gas tungsten arc, gas metal arc, and shielded metal arc processes through lecture and hands-on practice. Discuss basic metallurgy, welding codes, welding inspection, and welding symbols.

OPT 395 - Intermediate STICK Welding Certified Training
Prepare material and perform fillet and groove welds in carbon steel using E7018 electrodes in all positions. Geared toward structural welding code vertical and overhead tests. Passing the certification tests provides an all-position limited thickness AWS D1.1 welder certification.

OPT 374 - Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding
Learn techniques required of a qualified STICK pipe welder: proper tacks and feather edging, filler metal angles and manipulations for open root pipe welding, E6010 root and hot pass with E7018 low hydrogen fill and cap. Qualify to ASME IX, Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code in the 6G position on carbon steel.