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Typically seminars begin in a classroom, where discussion begins & expectations are established. Participants are encouraged to communicate what they already know and what they hope to learn from the training.  Powerpoint slides (like the one below, right) as well as videos and photos are used to facilitate learning and discussion.  Safety is always emphasized before going out to the shop.

For what's covered in each process segment, click on the link for each process name (in box below, left) or use the pull-down menu above.

To use the "Time Requirement For Seminar" estimator spreadsheet, Click Here
(The link will open a new tab, taking you to my Google Drive spreadsheet)

The main welding processes used in maintenance are:

  1. SMAW / "stick"

    • Shielded Metal Arc Welding

  2. GTAW / TIG

    • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

    • Tungsten Inert Gas

  3. GMAW / MIG

    • Gas Metal Arc Welding

    • Metal Inert Gas

  4. FCAW-s

    • Flux Cored Arc Welding - self-shielded

    • commonly called "flux core"

  5. FCAW-g

    • Flux Cored Arc Welding - gas shielded

    • commonly called "dual shield*"

* Dual Shield is a trade name owned by ESAB

The main cutting processes used in maintenance are:


  1. PAC

    • Plasma Arc Cutting​​

  2. CAC-A

    • Carbon Arc Cutting - Air

    • also called "carbon arc" or "air arc"

  3. Thermal Lance

    • also called "oxygen lance"

  4. Oxy-fuel Cutting  (click link, then scroll to bottom of page)

    • (same as Oxy-fuel Safety training page)

  5. MMA* gouging

    • Manual Metal Arc Gouging

    • also called gouge rod or chamfer rod

*  No, it's not mixed martial arts, it's manual metal arc - what they call it in Europe.  There is no AWS acronym for it, so I had to look overseas.  In America, we just call it gouge rod.


Note:  The purpose of this training is to help mechanics, technicians & other maintenance personnel who weld or make repair decisions - do so effectively, so that quality repairs can be made.


Practical, real-world situations & challenges are discussed and practiced throughout this training.

Welding certifications, testing & codes are not the focus of this series.  

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