SMAW - Striking and Maintaining an Arc (Model)



This lesson will teach beginning welding students how to set up the SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) machine, how to strike an arc, how to maintain the arc and run at least three continuous weld (beads) across a weld coupon. In addition, this lesson incorporates activities proven to help English Language (EL) and special population students.

Lesson Time

Classroom and Demo/Lab
55 Minutes
5 Class Periods

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Manufacturing and Product Development

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (5)
California Academic Content Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Each student will use required content vocabulary.
  • Each student will use safe practices while welding in the school lab.
  • Each student will demonstrate proper current selection for the E6013 welding rod.
  • Each student will demonstrate proper use of the
  • Each student will maintain the arc across the length of their practice welding.
  • Each student will demonstrate various rod manipulation techniques.
  • Each student will participate in discussions with peers using the required content vocabulary.

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