Gas Metal Arc Welding Process (GMAW)


The FastForward welding course consists of 80 hours of training in welding safety, general welding shop practice, and the Gas Metal Arc Welding Process (GMAW a.k.a. MIG).  The focus of this program is to advance a student's welding skill to a level where he or she can successfully pass a GMAW welder qualification test in the flat position to AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code- Steel. 

Topics include:

  • Safety
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding Process (GMAW a.k.a. MIG)
  • Routine equipment maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Metal Preparation
  • AWS guidelines
  • Technique and proficiency in fillet welds in the flat and horizontal positions
  • Technique and proficiency in groove welds in the flat position

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Upcoming Program Start Dates: 

January 8th - March 14th, 2024
Mondays and Wednesdays
5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

*Steel Toe Boots Required

Offered by Workforce Development at : 

Southside Virginia Education Center
1300 Greensville County Circle
Emporia, VA


In-State: $545* | Out-of-State: $1,635

*The FastForward Credential Grant will help pay tuition costs for qualifying Virginians. Additional scholarships may also be available.

Contact for More Information:

Angela Wright-Rook, 434-949-1026  Email:

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