This course introduces the fundamental concepts of welding with an overview of the four major processes: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) and Oxyfuel Welding (OFW). Emphasis will be placed upon the safety requirements for electric and gas welding processes based upon the ANSI Z49.1 Safety in Welding, Cutting and Allied Processes. Fire prevention, confined spaces procedures, hot work procedures, material handling and general shop safety will be studied. An introduction to welder qualifications will be covered as well as joint configurations and welding terminology used in the field. Professional work traits expected in the welding field will be discussed.