Welding Process Abbreviations

Abbreviation Process Name
AHW Atomic Hydrogen Welding
B Brazing (Capillary Action)
BMAW Bare Metal Arc Welding
BW Braze Welding (Groove or Fillet)
CAC-A Carbon Arc Cutting (Also Gouging)
CAW Carbon Arc Welding
CAW-G Gas Carbon Arc Welding
CAW-S Shielded Carbon Arc Welding
CAW-T Twin Carbon Arc Welding
FCAW Flux Cored Arc Welding
FCAW-G Gas Shielded Flux Cored Arc Welding
FCAW-S Self Shielded Flux Cored Arc Welding
FLSP Flame Spraying (Oxyfuel Gas)
FRW Friction Welding
FSW Friction Stir Welding
GMAC Gas Metal Arc Cutting
GMAW-P Gas Metal Arc Welding (Pulsed)
GMAW-S Gas Metal Arc Welding (Short Circuit)
GTAW Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
LBW Laser Beam Welding
OFW Oxyfuel Gas Welding
OLC Oxygen Lance Cutting
PSP Plasma Spraying
PW Resistance Projection Welding
RSEW Resistance Seam Welding
RSW Resistance Spot Welding
SMAC Shielded Metal Arc Cutting (Hot Rodding)
SMAW Shielded Metal Arc Welding
STUD Stud Welding
SW Arc Stud Welding
TW Thermit Welding