T.I.G. Welding “Precise, refined, and demanding” 2/23/2019

Date(s) - 02/23/2019
11:00 am - 5:00 pm



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

Tig welding requires long term practice and study, like playing piano or guitar. This is the first step.

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

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.

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, enrollment is limited to 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. There is no factual basis for this perspective.


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