Economics of Welding


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Non-member: $600

Access to Course Materials

Course – 30 days
Exam – 10 additional days

Course Length

18 hours

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learn to identify, measure, and manage the costs of production

Every year, welding manufacturing operations lose millions of dollars in profits due to the improper calculation of costs and inefficient welding practices. In this course, participants will learn to identify, measure, and manage the costs of production in order to reduce expenses and ensure quality. Topics include welding process variables, weld procedure specifications, calculating weld metal volume and deposition rates, and managing the costs of labor, materials, equipment, and overhead. Please see the course curriculum for a complete list of topics.


MODULE 1 – Process Variables: Current, Amperage, Voltage

MODULE 2 – Process Variables: Polarity, Inductance, Arc Length, CTTWD, Shielding Gas

MODULE 3 – Process Variables: Travel Angle, Transverse Angle, Travel Speed, Electrode Position, Wire Feed Speed

MODULE 4 – SMAW: Process Variables

MODULE 5 – GTAW: Process Variables

MODULE 6 – GMAW: Process Variables

MODULE 7 – FCAW: Process Variables

MODULE 8 – SAW: Process Variables

MODULE 9 – Weld Process Comparison: Advantages and Disadvantages I

MODULE 10 – Weld Process Comparison: Advantages and Disadvantages II

MODULE 11 – Manufacturing Costs: Materials, Labor, Equipment, Overhead

MODULE 12 – Welding Procedure Specification

MODULE 13 – Determining the Cost of Weld: Calculating Area

MODULE 14 – Determining the Cost of Weld: Calculating Volume

MODULE 15 – Determining the Cost of Weld: Calculating Deposited Weight

MODULE 16 – Determining the Cost of Weld: Calculating Deposition Efficiency

MODULE 17 – Determining the Cost of Weld: Calculating Deposition Rate

MODULE 18 – Calculating Labor Costs: Arc Time, Non-Arc Time, Total Labor Time

MODULE 19 – Calculating Labor Costs: Operator Factor

MODULE 20 – Calculating Labor Costs: Problem Solving

MODULE 21 – Calculating Filler Metal and Labor Costs: Problem Solving

MODULE 22 – Calculating Weld Job Costs: Problem Solving

MODULE 23 – Managing Costs: Joint Design, Weld Design, WPS, Mistake Proofing, Production Planning

MODULE 24 – Managing Costs: Eliminating Operations, Supporting Activities, Field Welding, process Selection

MODULE 25 – Managing Costs: Unforeseen Costs, Quality Issues, Overwelding

MODULE 26 – Practice Problems: 15 Problems

MODULE 27 – Practice Quiz 1: 5 Problems

MODULE 28 – Practice Quiz 2: 5 Problems

MODULE 29 – Practice Quiz 3: 5 Problems

MODULE 30 – Practice Quiz 4: 5 Problems


Who should take this course?

Welders, welding foremen, welding supervisors, production managers, welding sales representatives and other welding professionals that require the mathematical skills to accurately measure the physical dimensions of welds and calculate the cost of the labor, materials, and equipment required to produce them.

Do I qualify to take this course?

The AWS Economics of Welding Course is comprehensive, yet easy-to-understand. It serves as a comprehensive introduction for students new to the economics of welding and a detailed refresher for professionals preparing to take the CWS certification exam or implement economically sound practices.

How long do I have to complete this course?

Participants have access to the course content 24 hours a day for a period of 30 days from the date of registration. After this 30-day period, participants will have an additional 10 days to pass the completion exam. The exam can be activated before the end of the 30-day period if the student has completed all the modules.

Does this course include a completion exam?

Yes. Upon completion of the final course module, participants are prompted to take an exam designed to evaluate their comprehension of the subject matter. The completion exam consists of 40 multiple-choice questions and must be completed within a 120-minute period. Participants who do not attain the 75% passing score may attempt to retake the exam a second time. Participants who attain a score of 75% or more on the completion exam earn an AWS Certificate of Completion and 18 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). The AWS Certificate of Completion can be downloaded and printed directly from the webpage.

Do I need to purchase any other materials?

No. All the materials and resources necessary to complete the course objectives are included.

Do I receive Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for completing this course?

Yes. Participants who attain a score of 75% or above on the AWS Economics of Welding Completion Exam will receive an AWS Certificate of Completion and 18 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

Can I use these Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for recertification?

Yes. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) earned through AWS online courses and virtual conferences can be applied towards recertification provided the PDH’s are earned during the certification period.

Will this course help prepare me for the Certified Welding Supervisor Exam?

Yes. The Certified Welding Supervisor Certification Exam contains questions concerning the topics covered in this course. This course is designed to help prepare participants for this exam.

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