6 Week Metal Boot Camp, Class #6 T.I.G. Welding “Precise, refined, and demanding”

Date(s) - 09/08/2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


We have distilled 20 years of welding and fabrication experience into six classes.

This is introductory, foundational coursework for novice and intermediate metalworkers. We offer advanced and ongoing classes for complex subjects like TIG.

Each class is offered for $160.00. It is taught every Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 4 P.M. with a lunch break.

We no longer offer the group of classes bundled under one price as this leads to an excessive rescheduling burden.

It is helpful to attend as many as possible in a row and catch the class you missed the next time it is offered. Please purchase tickets online and 24 hours in advance.

We provide all equipment required. We provide materials for curriculum based projects. The class does not support individual project work. It is impossible to support individual project work while simultaneously  teaching curriculum.

Minors 16 y.o. and up may attend.

Classes will balance theory with hands on practice. Our goal is to help you develop proficiency with the tools of metalwork in the most concise and effective way possible. We emphasize hands-on practice. Most classes are at least 50% hands on.

In this class we will cover:

  • Tungsten inert gas welding theory and practice, practice, practice.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of T.I.G, when to select and when to avoid using the process.
  • How to evaluate and get hold of the machinery.
  • How to set up a machine. AC versus DC (dcen) understanding the many knobs and buttons.
  • Where is the tungsten, What did I do to this tungsten? Are you my Tungsten?
  • Tungsten types and uses.
  • Recognizing tungsten contamination.
  • Fusion welding of carbon steels.
  • Lap and butt welding of steel with filler.
  • Electrode manipulation.
  • Good body mechanics.
  • Aluminum and the 30 minute complaint.
  • Aluminum, the mostly bad and a little good news.
  • We will discuss and weld aluminum, this is not the sole focus of the class, if TIG welding of aluminum is you goal please plan on taking additional coursework with us, it is a broad a subject and requires significant practice.
  • Tig Brazing will be discussed and demonstrated.
  • We do not allow clients to bring project work into this class, we cannot reasonably (for example) repair a broken motorcycle frame while delivering a cogent lecture and answering questions, nor can we reasonably expect clients to produce viable (critical fail resistant)  results in their first experience with the equipment. Yes, we get asked this kind of thing frequently (I know right?).
  • We will spend this session running welds without having a specific project outcome.
  • We currently have 4 tig machines, clients will be alternating in a weld-watch cycle if enrollment exceeds 4 persons.

This class is taught at Hazardfactory, a 3000 sq ft working industrial arts studio in south Seattle. We are firmly committed to offering the highest quality instruction of this type. We offer a safe, actively supportive, ism-free  working environment. We think of ourselves as occasionally funny.


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