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Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) is designed to provide the necessary education to develop an understanding of the manual welding process needed for a career in welding. The student will develop and demonstrate skills such as arc length, current setting, travel speed and electrode angle in producing code quality welding in various joint designs.

Additionally, the student will incorporate these basic skills in the flat, horizontal, vertical up and overhead positions. Upon completion of these courses the student will have developed and applied the understanding of the SMAW process including electrode selection, joint design, and the uses of oxyfuel cutting systems.


For more information, please contact the Continuing Education department at LSCCE@LoneStar.edu.

Program Plan

Courses Contact Hours
DFTGC 1102312 Blueprint Reading for Welders 32
BUSGC 1101200 Work Skills for the Workplace 16
WLDGC 1109130 Math for Welders 32
WLDGC 1102802 Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) 80
WLDGC 1103001 Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) 80
Welder (SMAW & GMAW) Certificate Total 240

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Career Options

Median Wage: $35,9601

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Welder2
  • Pipe Welder2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2013
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Program Cost: $3,738

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.