SMAW is also known as flux shielded arc welding and manual metal arc welding (MMAW). This process uses an electrode and an electric current to join metals together. The electrode is a solid metal rod or stick that is coated by a variety of compounds and metal powers that help the metals bind to one another. The current needed (either alternating or direct) makes an electric arc between the electrode and the metals. Filler metal is provided by the electrode to help in the joining and binding process. As the weld is laid, the flux coating of the electrode vanishes.

Stick welding is one of the first forms of welding to appear. It is versatile and simple and remains the dominating welding process above all other kinds. It is usually always used to weld iron and steel together, but it can wield other metals as well, such as aluminum, nickel, and copper alloys. Stick welding is used heavily in the industrial trade, metal fabrication, and steel structure arenas.

Missouri Welding Institute teaches SMAW in all of our welding programs. Our mission is to provide you with the knowledge and the practical experience to set you up for success no matter what field you wish to enter. As you can see from our list above, SMAW is a critical component of a lot of different industries, and after you finish our welding program, you will be proficient at performing all sorts of welds using SMAW. We also teach GMAW – Gas Metal Arc Welding (Mig or Wire), FCAW – Flux Cored Arc Welding (Dual or Innershield), GTAW – Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (Tig or Heliarc), and other more specialized welding techniques.

When you partner with Missouri Welding Institute as your welding school of choice, you will leave with the full spectrum of welding knowledge and experience you need. Contact us today for more information on our welding programs!