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Economics of Welding

American Welding Society
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Professional Course
Self-paced Online
18 hours
From 600 USD

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American Welding Society

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Economics of Welding

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.

Who should attend?

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.


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.

Training content

  • 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


  • Member: $450
  • Non-member: $600

Certification / Credits

Upon completion of the course, participants will earn 18 PDHs / 1.8 CEUs.

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American Welding Society

The American Welding Society (AWS) strives to make the world a safer place by promulgating welding and joining technology and information. AWS does this by developing technical standards, professional training and certification programs, publications; and enabling networking of professionals in...

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8669 NW 36th Street
33166 Miami Florida

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