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Basics of Welding

Digital Short Course

Welding is the joining of two or more pieces of metal by applying heat and/or pressure to produce a localized union through fusion (melting) or diffusion across the interface that forms the joint. Many of the common welding methods employ only heat to melt the metals at the interfaces (fusion welding) without application of pressure. Arc welding and oxyfuel welding are examples of processes that use heat to melt the interface and then allow a joint to form by solidification of the molten metal. At the opposite extreme, metals can be welded together by pressure alone. This self-guided digital course uses helpful visuals, narrated animations, and interactive quizzes to teach the basic principles of welding and welding technique.

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and Gas metal arc welding (GMAW)
  • Flux cored arc welding (FCAW) and Submerged arc welding (SAW)
  • Gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) and Plasma arc welding (PAW)
  • Electroslag welding (ESW), Electrogas welding (EGW), and Oxyfuel Gas Welding (OFW)
  • Resistance spot welding (RSW), Resistance seam welding (RSEW), Projection Welding (RPW)
  • Other Welding Methods: Flash welding, Stud welding, Electron beam welding, Laser welding, High-frequency welding, Ultrasonic welding, Friction welding, Explosion welding, Solid-state welding, and Thermite welding
  • Conclusion

Target Audience

This is an ideal first short course for anyone who needs a working understanding of the basic principles of welding and welding techniques. It has been designed for those with no previous training in welding, such as technical, laboratory, and sales personnel; engineers from other disciplines; management and administrative staff; and non-technical support staff such as purchasing and receiving agents.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Define the term: welding
  • Describe the basic principles of:
    • Arc welding
    • Electroslag welding
    • Oxyfuel gas welding
    • Resistance welding processes


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Special instructions

Course Length- 1.5-2hrs

Access details- The course will be available for viewing for 60 days from the registration date.

Reference materials included- pdf of the lesson

Communication: Access to course materials requires a unique email address for the student enrolled. All communications concerning the status of the class will be accomplished by email. It is the responsibility of the class registrant to ensure that a valid email address has been supplied and email filter settings are not preventing delivery of emails from ASM International-email.


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Members: $420
Non Members: $440



Basics of Welding

Members: $420
Non Members: $440

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