Six Week Metal Boot Camp Session 1: Geek-out on Welding Machines.

Date(s) - 08/26/2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


 In our first session, “Geek-out on Welding Machines” We will  examine each machine and learn to read and understand the “nameplate” which allows you to evaluate and compare the capabilities of each machine.  We will discuss some beginning and intermediate MIG techniques and introduce, TIG and STICK welding. This is intended to build on what we teach in the MIG welding intensive and also demonstrate Stick and TIG welding on mild steel.

Each type of welding has it’s strengths and weaknesses. Mig is a very easy to use process that is very fast, but it is difficult to produce very fine, tightly controlled welds and works poorly on some materials like Aluminum and bronze. Stick (SMAW) welding is very cheap, portable and versatile but slow. It works best on a heavy class of materials. TIG is extremely versatile, but it is a difficult process to master. TIG is the preferred method for welding aluminum. Knowing when and how to use each is an essential skill, and one that demonstrates competency.

The goal of the class is to teach you to identify and evaluate each type of machine, how to troubleshoot each process and how to select a piece of equipment for your operation. You will learn what each machine is and does and  how to select, adjust and use each machine. You will learn the principles of conventional welding.

We have 22 pieces of welding equipment in the studio, these are a mix of MIG, Arc, TIG, and Oxy-fuel equipment. We will review a variety of equipment types and brands so that you feel comfortable and confident with every type of conventional welding equipment.

We also discuss electrical safety at length so that you understand why welding is a safer practice than woodworking or driving a car. Class is 60% hands on. Classes in this series are sold under individual tickets so that clients can attend as their schedule permits. We will refund any cancellation that provides 1 week notice via email.

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