Welding: Principles and Applications

Welding: Principles and Applications

Now nearing its 30th year of publication, WELDING: PRINCIPLES & APPLICATIONS (WP&A), 7th Edition is the authoritative introduction to the subject of welding. It’s designed for students in a wide range of academic and workforce training programs who want to pursue careers as skilled welders and welding supervisors. The text also supports the needs of learners who need to achieve a basic level of proficiency in welding in their chosen skilled trade. While covering the procedural and safety information all students need, WELDING: PRINCIPLES & APPLICATIONS also explains underlying theories. The combination of hands-on information with clear explanations of theory is a hallmark of this book. The depth of coverage allows it to be used as the core text in a multi-course welding curriculum, generally starting with shielded metal arc welding, and then covering other basic processes and more advanced techniques.


  • Series: Welding Principles and Applications
  • Hardcover: 976 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 7 edition (May 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111039178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111039172
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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  1. UPDATE:

    Five years after my original purpose of this book, I gave the Kindle app a shot on iPhone. And behold: here’s that welding book, after all these years, waiting for download. But would it still suck?

    It’s awesome.

    Amazon has clearly put the effort into making this book pristine. And they’ve added eTextBook features I’m only beginning to mess with: bookmarks, highlighted selection listings by color, notes, starred items, flashcards.

    A viable alternative to hardcopy textbooks, if not better in every way–depends on one’s nostalgia for the printed page.

    Wish my college textbooks had been Kindle eTextBooks (of modern quality). I’d still have them.

    Looks great on Kindle’s iPhone app, the computer app, and in the Kindle app on a Fire HD 8 tablet.


    Bought this version after getting the 6th edition in hardcover (oops). This review is for the Kindle version ONLY.


    Most books go through an editor, get some layout done, someone reviews the finished product. This book was put together by someone operating a camera or scanner, grabbing pictures of the pages from a printed text. Bad OCR software was used to generate the text and infer bold/italics.

    Reading the chapter on safety, I was cautioned about the dangers of “chunk” keys left in drills.

    Often, the bold-face type signifying “Figure 1.23” was applied to “This is some body text”, making it very difficult to follow. Reading required an active reverse-engineering of the text. A bizarre context shift indicated an aside, a figure description, or another section had been stuffed in the text.

    Images with text in them were unreadable. Table 1.Read more ›

  2. Unlike the one-star review given above on the CD version, I give the HARD cover BOOK Five Stars. Great work worth every cent. Whether one is looking for a serious study in conjunction with organized training or just to review, the material is presented in an easy to read format. A lot of thought went into the book and is very much appreciated. I am not associated with the author or seller in any way, rather very pleased with the book and wanted to pass that on to anyone wondering if it’s really worth 100 plus bucks…it is. I got the 7th Edition, rather than older versions at a reduced cost. Very happy with the purchase.

  3. There is a lot of information in here, however it goes the same way that most welding literature does. It is extremely wordy with over-complicated explanations that tend to sometimes confuse rather than clarify. Being in my second welding program to use this book, I find that much welding literature goes down this same path. It seems like there is a need to draw out the explanation of our methods for the sake of making us welders seem more like scientists, rather than the down and dirty tradesman that lives deep within us all. There is a science behind what we do; and that is why we have electrical engineers and scientists focused on the theory and laws behind our machines.

    Don’t get me wrong. I completely understand the value of knowing the why’s and how’s beyond simply turning on a machine and welding, but this book travels so far into redundancy that instead of learning, you are trying to keep up with the four different ways to say one thing so as not to get tripped up on a test. You could become 10x the welder or CWI with a book half the size that shoots it straight rather than getting tripped up in it’s own semantics.

    I have learned a lot from this book, but I have also wasted a ton of time sifting through paragraphs of ramblings that could be easily explained with a sentence or two. It makes the book seem cheap and dragged out for the sake of earning the title of ‘epitome of welders’ reference’.

    But who cares what I think? If your instructor say you need it, what are you going to do, say someone on Amazon said the book was too drawn out? Go burn some rods, or wire, or whatever you do.

  4. The book is a serious must own for those interested in getting the best out of their welding. Much of the equipment pictured of referenced is old but the principles remain. If I have a criticism it would be that nearly all measurements are in the imperial system. It would be nice if it was in metric after all the US is one of the last bastions, with the UK, still clinging to this antiquated system. But if your prepared to take the time and do the conversions you won’t be disappointed.

  5. very good read and to the guy that cant find the answers try looking it over again ive done every chapter review and found every answer in the BOOK!

  6. I had a previous edition of this book for a class I took. This edition appears to be more accurate. Pictures and diagrams are excellent. I believe this book will do exactly what I want it to do, refresh my knowledge on the welding techniques that I learned in my classes.

  7. If you need this text book for a class, it’s great. If you’re buying to teach yourself to weld, then there are probably better ones out there. Some of the text is worded awkwardly, and the end of chapter questions often arent phrased the same way the “answer” is in the text. came as expected in brand new condition

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