General Description

The Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Skill Badge indicates that an individual has mastered the set of skills listed below. AWS WeldLink badges denote an individual’s qualifications and level of education, knowledge, or skills in specific subject areas:
 

Entry Level Skill Set

  • Performs safety inspections of GTAW equipment and accessories.

Carbon Steel

  • Sets up for GTAW operations on carbon steel.
  • Operates GTAW equipment on carbon steel.
  • Makes fillet welds in all positions on carbon steel.
  • Makes groove welds in all positions on carbon steel.
  • Passes GTAW welder performance qualification test on carbon steel.

Austenitic Stainless Steel

  • Sets up for GTAW operations on austenitic stainless steel.
  • Operates GTAW equipment on austenitic stainless steel.
  • Makes fillet welds in the 1F, 2F, and 3F positions, on austenitic stainless steel.
  • Makes groove welds in the1G and 2G positions, on austenitic stainless steel.
  • Passes GTAW welder performance qualification test on austenitic stainless steel.

Aluminum

  • Sets up for GTAW operations on aluminum.
  • Operates GTAW equipment on aluminum.
  • Makes fillet welds in the 1F and 2F positions, on aluminum.
  • Makes groove welds in the1G position, on aluminum.
  • Passes GTAW welder performance qualification test on aluminum. 

Advance Level Skill Set

  • Perform safety inspections of equipment and accessories.
  • Set up for gas tungsten arc welding operations on carbon steel, aluminum, and stainless steel.
  • Operate gas tungsten arc welding equipment.
  • Execute corrective actions to repair surface flaws on welds and base metals.
  • Make 3F and 4F fillet welds, on aluminum sheet.
  • Make 2G - 4G groove welds on aluminum sheet.
  • Make 4F fillet welds, on stainless steel sheet.
  • Make 3G - 4G groove welds on stainless steel sheet.
  • Make fillet welds, all positions, on carbon steel round tubing.
  • Make fillet welds, all positions, on aluminum round tubing.
  • Make fillet welds, all positions, on stainless round tubing.
  • Make 2G and 5G groove welds, on carbon steel round tubing.
  • Make 2G and 5G groove welds, on aluminum round tubing.
  • Make 2G and 5G groove welds, on stainless steel round tubing.
     

How to Earn or Verify this Badge

To earn the Shielded Metal Arc Welding Skill Badge, or update your badge status from unverified to verified, complete the requirements for any one of the following options:
 

Why is my badge unverified?

Users may add skill badges to their profile at any time. User added skill badges remain unverified until one of the conditions listed below are used to verify the user’s skill.

 

Certifications 

This badge is automatically added to your profile, or updated from unverified to verified, when you obtain one of the following certifications and you link your AWS account to your WeldLink profile.

  • Earn a welder certification in the Shielded Metal Arc Welding process through the AWS Certified Welder Program. This program employs performance-based testing to verify a welder’s ability to deposit sound welds. Welders are tested to an industry procedure or to a company supplied or non-code welding specification. Welders that successfully complete a certified welder exam at an AWS Accredited Testing Facility will earn an AWS Welder Certification Card and be listed in the AWS National Registry of Welders.
     
  • Successfully complete the appropriate learning modules at an AWS SENSE training organization. The AWS SENSE Program is a comprehensive set of minimum Standards and Guidelines for Welding Education programs. Students graduating from training organizations that have implemented the AWS SENSE Program can obtain an AWS Entry level, or Advanced level welder certification.
    • Sense Level I - Module 7
    • Sense Level II - Unit 4