The bimetallic welds (BMWs) between ferritic low alloy steels and austenitic stainless steel are used widely in steam generators of the power plants. The adoption of these welds in wide industrial applications provides feasible solutions for the flexible design of the products by using each material efficiently and economically. The present paper is an effort towards studying the development of austenitic stainless steel buttering filler material for bimetallic weld joint. The work aims at the design and development of buttering layer electrode coatings for shielded metal arc welding process using extreme vertices design methodology suggested by McLean and Anderson to study the effect of electrode coating ingredients on the buttering layer metal composition and delta ferrite content to prevent solidification cracking. © 2017 Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.