(As of 6:00pm on 3/30/20). Arc + Flame Center remains closed until further notice based on NYS mandates to close businesses to combat COVID19 through social distancing. All classes next week (4/6- 4/12) are cancelled. Students will be contacted. We're taking things week-by-week to determine classes 4/13 and beyond! We will contact students registered for upcoming classes (4/13 – 4/19) next week with decisions. Stay tuned, and if you have questions please contact us either through email, Facebook, or Instagram. We will not be answering our phone, but management and administrative team is working remotely.
Based on COVID-19 developments both locally and across the country, Arc + Flame has suspended all regularly scheduled classes for [Samplers/Workshops/Date Nights/Night Courses] welding, glass, smithing, and jewelry until further notice. Each student will be contacted to discuss rescheduling options or a refund. MCC Welding & Fabrication Program will be working remotely until further notice. Once the pandemic situation has cleared, we will offer multiple options for you to take the class you were scheduled for. We appreciate your consideration and understanding as we follow guidelines from the CDC and advice from the medical community to keep our faculty, students, and fellow citizens safe.
Stick Welding: Stick welding, also know as Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) is an electric arc process that uses a consumable flux-coated rod as the electrode and the filler metal. Required equipment is a constant-current welding power source, electrode cable with electrode holder, and ground cable with ground clamp. Welding begins by striking the welding rod on the metal to be welded, with a motion similar to lighting a match. Once the arc starts, you then move the rod in the direction you want to travel. When the rod has consumed from it's starting length of 14" down to about 3", pull the rod away to stop the weld. Replace the remaining stub with a new rod, and start the process all over by striking the new rod. Stick welding remains a popular welding process, and is well suited to welding outdoors and in instances where welding must take place at distances up to several hundred feet from the power source.
Advantages of Stick Welding
Relatively inexpensive equipment
Easy to change electrode size and type
No shielding gas required
Easy to extend the "reach" of the process by adding extension cables
Public hours are Monday through Friday
9:00am-5:00pm. Weeknights and Weekends are open for specific classes. We are located in Rochester, New York.Located at 125 Fedex Way, Rochester, NY 14624. We are 15-minutes west from downtown.
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