Arc Welding Types

SKU: C-574Duration: 53 Minutes

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Course Details


Training Time: 53 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop Only

Based on: Industry Standards and Best Practices

Languages: English

This course covers several arc welding types including gas metal arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, arc welding equipment, and operator variables and machine settings.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Gas metal arc welding
  • Shielded metal arc welding
  • Gas tungsten arc welding
  • Arc welding equipment
  • Operator variables and machine settings

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

What is gas metal arc welding?
The Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) process is also known as Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding. In this process, a consumable electrode in the form of wire is fed from a spool through a welding gun at a preset, controlled speed. As the wire passes through the contact tube of the gun, it picks up the welding current.

What are the four component s that make up GMAW equipment?
Gas metal arc welding equipment basically consists of a power supply, a wire feeding mechanism, a welding gun (also referred to as the torch), and the gas supply.

What is the main function of a welding gun?
The function of the welding gun is to carry the electrode wire, the welding current, and the shielding gas to the arc area. The gun has a trigger switch that controls the wire feed and arc as well as the shielding gas.

What is Shielded Metal Arc Welding?
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) is frequently referred to as "stick" or "covered electrode" welding. This method is among the most widely used of welding processes.

What is GTAW?
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) is frequently referred to as Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding. TIG welding is a commonly used, high quality welding process. TIG welding has become a popular choice of welding processes when high quality, precision welding is required.

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