Lightning Intro to TIG Welding Aluminum
Time & Location
About the Event
In this class we will teach you how to make competent welds in aluminum using one of several TIG welding machines.
We will make butted and fillet welds and teach setting and operating the machine, good hand technique, selection and use of tungsten and filler rod and related skills.
This is a fast paced class for intermediates and experts. This is a truly challenging subject, welding aluminum is about 4 times harder than welding steels. About 80% of our clients will produce reasonable or good welds in aluminum in this class. This is actually very, very, very good.
Welding Aluminum is technical and requires very practiced hand motions. It is at least as complex as playing guitar. It generally takes welders about 30 hours or more to get the results our clients get in 3 hours.
We strongly advise taking this class after taking the Lightning intro to TIG on steel class. You should plan on repeating this class multiple times, attending a practice session, or booking private instruction to continue to develop your skill, three hours is enough time to cover basics but it takes many hours to develop the muscle memory and familiarity that will give you true proficiency with aluminum.
This is a very small class, four persons max. Everything required is supplied.
****If you wear glasses or have nuanced vision, you may wish to pick up a “Cheater lens” in a 2″ by 4″ lens format from central welding on fourth avenue. TIG requires that you are able to see clearly and well. A “cheater lens” only costs a few dollars.
WHAT TO BRING:
We provide all gear needed for welding, includes gloves and a welding helmet.
Dress as if you were outside. Wear long sleeves and pants that you don’t mind getting dirty. White is never in fashion here.
Clothing should be composed of natural fibers (cotton, wool, etc). Synthetic materials (nylon) have the potential to melt in dangerous ways.
You must wear shop appropriate shoes that have solid cotton or leather uppers. Work boots are preferred, but sneakers without nylon/synthetic tops are fine.
Bring a full water bottle, snacks (if you like), and a lunch for longer classes.
- STUDENT TUITION$100$1000$0