FAQs

General FAQs

What do we do?

We provide technical instruction to clients and team building exercises.

We teach every type of conventional welding and a variety of related subjects.

We are a very small flexible company and we do respond to client requests, these have included birthday parties, photo shoots and private events.

Most of our classes and instruction cost roughly $30/person per hour and include all required materials and consumables.

We love to hear about and see examples of projects our clients like.

We teach more beginners, annually, than the three local community colleges combined.

We have provided team building exercises to Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Zillow, and MOZ.

Hazardfactory produces art and events that are essentially external to our principal business of instruction. We do offer some opportunities to volunteer on art projects and events.

These allow us to create ongoing relationships and a community. Our volunteers learn as they participate.

Volunteers work on projects under the Artistic Direction of Rusty Oliver but are not compensated in any way.

Volunteers can reasonably expect to learn and enjoy themselves while participating and this is the only reward. We support interesting and educational experiences for our volunteers but offer no compensation, or shop access, or consultation, or support or otherwise.

We do not focus on providing fabrication and repair services, we cannot refer you to companies that offer these services.

However, skilled welding, design, and related services are in high demand. We provide these very selectively to clients that value our services and wish to work with us specifically.

We have a strict $100 minimum, and bill $100 per hour at 15 minute increments thereafter.

We cannot provide mobile welding.

We will not bid work.

Consultation is $60 per hour in house.

It is not in our best interest to discuss work outside of a scheduled consultation. We prefer to be prepared and offer formal solutions and focused attention.

Do you Offer certification or longer term formal instruction?

We do not. Our classes are generally for people that are welding and working metal for personal and professional reasons, but not seeking certification.

Do you Provide work, or consultation, of any kind without compensation?

Nope.

However, skilled welding, design, and related services are in high demand. We provide these very selectively to clients that value our services and wish to work with us specifically.

We have a strict $100 minimum, and bill $100 per hour at 15 minute increments thereafter.

We cannot provide mobile welding.

We will not bid work.

Consultation is $60 per hour in house.

It is not in our best interest to discuss work outside of a scheduled consultation. We prefer to be prepared and offer formal solutions and focused attention.

Unscheduled, impromptu and drop in meetings severely impact our business and affect our ability to maintain rewarding friendships and spend time with family. We reserve the right to be “off the clock”.

What do you teach?

We provide technical instruction to clients and team building exercises.

We teach every type of conventional welding and a variety of related subjects.

We are a very small flexible company and we do respond to client requests, these have included birthday parties, photo shoots and private events.

Most of our classes and instruction cost roughly $30/person per hour and include all required materials and consumables.

We love to hear about and see examples of projects our clients like.

We teach more beginners, annually, than the three local community colleges combined.

What are your Team Building exercises?

We have provided team building exercises to Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Zillow, and MOZ.

Learn more here>>

Are your welding classes wheelchair accessible?

Yes we are. If we know a comfortable working height for you we can set a station to your preferred work height.

The facilty has a loading ramp so acess is good. Our bathroom is not wc accessible regrettably.

Do you have an minimum age you need to be to take a class?

Most of our classes are suitable for students 16 years old and up. Students as young as twelve may attend with a parent. Specifically our beginner classes are best suited for younger students like our quick Intro class:

http://www.hazardfactory.org/quick-intro-to-welding/

What is the reschedule/refund policies?
If you need to reschedule, you may do so up to 10 days before your class date. A $35 reschedule fee will be incurred. We regret that we cannot reschedule with less notice.

All Metal Arts offers a 90% refund up to 10 days before your class date. We will not offer refunds with less notice.

Shop Rental Time FAQs

Who can rent shop time?

Once you have completed our five hour MIG Welding intensive we will add your name to our mailing list. Shop time is available only to people who have completed our 5 hour intensive.

Will there be an instructor to help me?

This offering is intended to allow you to continue to practice welding  or work on small projects, we cannot teach a full curriculum or consult formally while people are working in the shop.

We will spend time demonstrating the safe use of equipment and explaining specific techniques to people, but shop time is not a substitute for the focused classes we offer in Mig, TIG, Stick, Oxy fuel, cnc plasma cutting, casting and fabricating which are comprehensive. Advice in shop time will be ad hoc and situational as opposed to formal instruction.

When can I rent shop time?

We will offer shop time on Fridays from noon to eight p.m.

If you wish to schedule another time please contact us directly using our contact form.

What can I make?

Projects that are person sized or smaller. Furniture and Sculpture are the best kinds of projects. Chairs, tables, fire-pits, candellabra, shelves and found object work.  We also offer kits for sale if you wish to make a Pteradactyl, T-rex, wolf, or lamp. You can also use the facility for welding practice. We cannot support projects that might create the potential for injury. Repair of aluminum motorcycle parts or aircraft parts for example.

Can I store my project there?

Work can be stored only if it

a: fits on a shelf or under a table

b: is not larger than a person

c: you will return to work on it the following week.

All projects will be tagged with a date, any project that has not been worked on for two consecutive weeks will be put outside. We do not provide a reminder service. This policy is necessary to ensure the working space remains clear. No exceptions will be made.

Is this a Makerspace?

Hazardfactory is an industrial arts studio which provides high quality focused instruction in welding metalwork and related topics. We are not a member owned, member driven environment. We are a small, responsive business.

We are significantly different from most makerspaces in that we provide access to expensive industrial grade equipment that can be used to make or modify virtually anything, most of the work happens without a keyboard, and we are still in business.

There are few if any Makerspaces that provide access to welding equipment. The few that do are subsidized heavily in ways we specifically are not, and are not designed to be a conventional business, but are in fact long term investments based on real estate tax sheltering mechanisms.

This offering is a way for us to better serve our community, and help people learn and develop new skills while making awesome!

What do I need to bring?

We provide all gear needed for welding. You must wear shop appropriate shoes that have solid cotton or leather uppers. You should wear a long sleeved shirt, dress as if you will be outside, and bring food.

Do you sell materials?

We are located near Pacific Industrial, and metal shorts. Both businesses supply conventional metal materials.

We have a few oddments on hand but you should bring the material you need for your project.

Do you have a waterjet?

We keep a 4 x 8 cnc plasma cutter in the shop. It is located by a crane and it can cut +/-3/8″ steel, aluminum and copper.

We work with a waterjet company frequently, we can have work quoted if you wish to have material water-jetted.

What equipment will I have access to during Shop time?

The teaching studio has 10 Mig welding machines ranging from 90 to 350 amp output, single and three phase. We also keep three tig welders , the largest having a 310 amp output. The studio has 3 drill presses and an abrasive saw, horizontal  band saw, lever shear, grinders and several vises.

Can I bring my child?

Children aged ten and up are permitted to attend with a parent. The environment is often loud, and everyone is expected to wear eye protection at all times. This is a challenging but not impossible environment for kids.

Can I bring my dog?

Your dog will be unhappy, please leave your dog at home or with a qualified dog technician.

The shop and equipment were set up to be as safe as possible. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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