Manual Metal Arc Welding (MMA) Overview

Manual metal arc welding (MMA or MMAW), also known as shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), flux shielded arc welding or stick welding, is a process where the arc is struck between an electrode flux coated metal rod and the work piece. Both the rod and the surface of the work piece melt to create a weld. It is a versatile process that can be used on a variety of materials and material thicknesses.


Training & Content

Duration:  5 days

Introduction to MMA welding

  • Health and Safety
  • Hazard identification
  • PPE requirements

Machine Setup/Shutdown

  • Power connection
  • Earthing arrangements
  • Machine controls/settings
  • Safely shutdown machine


  • Material preparation
  • Electrode selection
  • Correct welding technique
  • Tack welding
  • Corner weld, T-fillet weld, Fillet overlap weld


  • Fault finding
  • Welding defects

Practical Competence Test

  • Practical test to confirm learning



TDR certificate of competence upon completion of training.


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