Shielded Metal Welder (SMAW) Certificate

The Shielded Metal Welder (SMAW) Certificate is a non-credit Fast Track program offered at LSC-Conroe Center and LSC-Victory Center. For more information, please contact the Continuing Education department at

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Program Description

Shielded metal arc welders work primarily with heavy plate steel and pipe welding in the construction industry, including the building construction and pipeline industries. The oil and gas industry also uses shield metal arc welders for both construction and repair of their offshore and onshore drilling and production facilities.

Note: This program may be free for eligible students.

  • Contact Hours: 151
  • Cost of Program: $1,728.50
  • Median Wage: $34,977 per year1
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Program Plan

Subject Number Title Contact Hours
WLDGC 2109117 Math for Welders 32
WLDGC 2100804 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 80
DFTGC 2102301 Blueprint Reading for Welders 32
BUSGC 2101200 Work Skills for the Workplace 7

TOTAL Contact Hours for
Shielded Metal Welder (SMAW) Certificate:


  1. Median Wage information obtained from the Texas Workforce Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor for 2009 (most recent data available).