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What is the relationship between Rochester Arc & Flame Center (RocAFC) and Mahany Welding Supply? 

RocAFC is a partner company to Mahany Welding Supply. Michael Krupnicki is the president and founder of the Rochester Arc & Flame Center. He is also in his 29th year as the president of Mahany Welding Supply, which has been in existence for 65 years. The success of Mahany's Welder Training Programs prompted Krupnicki to expand into a separate entity featuring welding and additional flameworking arts. This new entity is known as RocAFC. Both companies are physically located on Fed Ex Way, Rochester, NY.


What is the minimum age to attend class?

Students must be at least 14-years of age to attend class unless otherwise noted (Tike, Teen and Creative Kids Classes). Any student under the age of 18 must print this waiver (CLICK HERE) and have a parent or guardian complete the waiver. The student must submit the completed waiver to their instructor on the first day of class.

NOTE FOR BLACKSMITHING: Students under the age of 16 MUST contact Arc + Flame Blacksmithing Director (Candace Martens) for an evaluation prior to enrolling in a smithing class. Candace can be reached at blacksmithing@rocafc.com or 585-617-9644. 


Where is RocAFC located?

125 Fed Ex Way, Rochester, NY. We are about 300ft down the road from Mahany Welding Supply


What kind of precautions are taken at RocAFC to ensure my personal safety? 

All students are equipped with the necessary safety equipment based on the processes they are working with. All of our instructors are trained to educate and implement proper safety techniques for all students to use during their classroom experience. We have trained over 5,000 students at our partner company Mahany Welding Supply with no serious injuries.


What type of clothing should I wear to class?

We require all student's wear close-toed shoes and jeans. Do not wear sandals or flip-flops, please tie back long hair and don't wear long, loose or dangling elements of clothing or accessories.


What forms of payment does RocAFC take for class signup?

We currently accept all major credit cards including American Express, Discover, Visa, MasterCard and PayPal. Our checkout system is SSL Certified and run through PayPal. Users are given the option at checkout to use PayPal or credit card. The arrow in the following image indicates the appropriate link to follow for payment with a credit card during checkout:


How will I know If I successfully signed up for a class online?

You will receive a verification message after your transaction is completed and a confirmation email.


I'm not sure of my skill level. How do I know I will be prepared for a specific class?

All of our classes are intended for beginners unless the description says otherwise. Some classes are intended for intermediate or advanced students, based on their prior class experience. There are also professional qualification and career training classes for those interested in welding. Those classes can be found here


What is the best email for me to contact RocAFC?

Questions pertaining to class information, signup, directions, or other general questions can be sent to


Specific questions directed towards a particular processes can be sent to our directors:





How are classes organized on the website?

Welding, glass, and blacksmithing are classified by course type. These classifications are setup based on the length and structure of each class. There are variations for each class's course type, but the general outline is as followes:

  • Sampler: 3 Hour introduction to a particular class, times vary based on class
  • Workshop: 8 Hour class session, 8am-4pm on Saturdays
  • Kid's Workshops: 3 Hour introductory workshop for kids and teens, times vary based on class
  • Date Night: Couples session complete with hors d'oeuvres, 7pm-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Lecture: Presentations on marketing & career development, Friday evenings
  • Professional Training: Qualification and career programs for tradespeople, click here for more detail
  • Studio Rental: Open class time for independent practice
  • Night Course: Weekly classes for comprehensive learning, 6pm-9pm, Mon. & Tue. or Wed. & Thurs.

Welding and blacksmithing are also classified by "Processes/Techniques." These classifications pertain to the specific actions that each of theses classes entail. For example, welding techniques are classified by:

  • MIG
  • TIG
  • Stick Sculpture
  • Oxy-Fuel


Where can I find a visual of all the classes that are offered at RocAFC?

Our class list and our class calendar will show all available classe


Where are classes taught?

All classes are taught at 125 Fed Ex Way, Rochester, NY 14624

Where can I redeem my Living Social Voucher? 

All Living Social offer codes must be redeemed over the phone 585.349.7110.