Welding Fundamentals I


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Course – 30 days
Exam – 10 more days

Course Length

Approximately 14 hours

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Welding Fundamentals I
Welding Fundamentals I

the basic principles of welding

The AWS Welding Fundamentals Course provides a comprehensive overview of the basic principles of welding. Participants will learn the basic science and practical application of the most commonly utilized welding processes along with other essential topics, including welding terminology, weld design, welding safety, electrical theory, the weldability of metals, and welding quality control. Presented in short, easy-to-understand modules, this multimedia, online course is ideal for both students and professionals who want to expand their core competencies.


MODULE 1 – What is Welding?

MODULE 2 – Welding Processes and Weld Types

MODULE 3 – Welding Hazards and Environmental Protection

MODULE 4 – Managing Hazards and Accident Prevention

MODULE 5 – Oxyfuel Welding: Basics of Combustion, Fuel Types, and Flame Characteristics

MODULE 6 – Oxyfuel Welding: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Equipment

MODULE 7 – The Science of Arc Welding: Basics of Electricity

MODULE 8 – The Science of Arc Welding: Electrical Polarity and Arc Welding Equipment

MODULE 9 – Shielded Metal Arc Welding: Process Characteristics and Electrodes

MODULE 10 – Shielded Metal Arc Welding: Operations, Equipment, and Process Variables

MODULE 11 – Gas Tungsten Arc Welding: Principles, Operations, and Equipment

MODULE 12 – Gas Tungsten Arc Welding: Shielding Gases, and Process Variables

MODULE 13 – Gas Metal Arc Welding: Principles, Equipment, and Metal Transfer Modes

MODULE 14 – Gas Metal Arc Welding: Consumables, Shielding Gases, Equipment, and Process Variables

MODULE 15 – Flux Cored Arc Welding: Principles, Equipment, and Consumables

MODULE 16 – Flux Cored Arc Welding: Shielding Gases, Equipment, and Process Variables

MODULE 17 – Submerged Arc Welding: Principles, Equipment, and Materials

MODULE 18 – Submerged Arc Welding: Electrodes, Flux, Equipment, and Process Variables

MODULE 19 – Basics of Welding Metallurgy: Atomic Structures and Properties of Metals

MODULE 20 – Basics of Welding Metallurgy: States of Matter, Alloys, and Heat Affected Zones

MODULE 21 – Welding Discontinuities and Their Causes: Process, Metallurgical, and Base Metal Discontinuities

MODULE 22 – Welding Discontinuities and Their Causes: Structural Discontinuities

MODULE 23 – Oxyfuel Cutting Basics and Equipment

MODULE 24 – Oxyfuel Cutting Flame Types, Gas Types, and Cutting Variables

MODULE 25 – Oxyfuel Cutting Quality Limitations and Safety

MODULE 26 – Carbon Arc Cutting Basics and Equipment

MODULE 27 – Carbon Arc Cutting Operating Procedures & Safety

MODULE 28 – Plasma Arc Cutting Basics and Equipment

MODULE 29 – Plasma Arc Cutting Variables, Metallurgical Effects, Secondary Functions, and Safety


Who should take this course?

The AWS Welding Fundamentals Course is designed for anyone who wants to familiarize themselves with the science, methodology, terminology, and applications of the most commonly used welding and cutting processes. This course is ideal for students who need to learn the basics and established welders who want to expand their core competencies. The course is also perfect for salespersons, supervisors, and quality assurance personnel who want to expand their knowledge of welding in order to excel in the welding industry.

Do I qualify to take this course?

While comprehensive, the AWS Welding Fundamentals Course was developed specifically with the beginner in mind. Registration is open to anyone with the desire to expand their understanding of welding.

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 participant 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 50 multiple-choice questions and must be completed within a 90-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 14 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 that receive a score of 75% or above on the Welding Fundamentals Completion Exam will receive an AWS Certificate of Completion and 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

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

Yes. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) earned through American Welding Online courses or 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 Inspector Exam?

Yes. The Certified Welding Inspector Fundamentals Exam (Part A) contains questions concerning the topics covered in this course. This course is designed to help prepare participants for this section of the exam.

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