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Pipe Welding I: SMAW

ID : 17025   
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Prerequisite - Welding Fundamentals and 3G welding certification.  Must have permission from instructor prior to registration. 

Focuses on the techniques used for welding pipe.  The shielded metal arc (SMAW) welding process is used to perform practice welds on pipe diameters from 2-12 inches. Basic pipe-fitting practices will be demonstrated using butt weld and socket weld fittings to progress through learning to weld pipe in horizontal and vertical positions.  One-on-one coaching, welding demonstrations and welding videos will be used to illustrate the techniques the student must follow to successfully pass the 6G qualification test. All Pipe Welding Qualification testing is done in accordance with ASME Section IX Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code and AWS D1.1, Structural Welding Code Steel. (ASME SMAW certification)

Enrolled students are required to have internet access and a working email address to complete online homework assignments. Each day we will take a one-hour off campus lunch.  Students may eat in their cars or go out for lunch, the weld shop closes for that one hour. 
BRCC currently has scholarship funding to defray the cost of many workforce courses - such as Pipe Welding I: SMAW.  Most Virginia residents receive a 2/3 discount on tuition and, for many unemployed individuals or individuals in low paying jobs, courses are free or nearly free.  Email ( or call (540-453-2215) to talk with an advisor who can help get you into a short term training course at BRCC today!

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Class Details

16 Sessions
Weekly - Sat, Sun

Mt. Crawford Welding Center

Andrew Folsom 



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Students are required to bring clear Safety Glasses (ANZI Z87.1) to each class starting day one. Students are always required to wear leather boots as well as bring leather work gloves, leather welding gloves, and a Hybrid Welding Jacket. Students must have access to internet and a computer/smartphone, all HW assignments are completed online.



Registration Closes On
Saturday, September 10, 2022 @ 12:00 AM

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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/10/2022 - 10/30/2022 Weekly - Sun, Sat 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM Mt Crawford, Mt. Crawford Welding Center  Map Andrew Folsom 

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