Classes: Welding: Explanation
Welding: Welding is a fabrication or sculptural process that joins metal together through fusion. Welding is not only a prominent career choice, but a useful skill for hobbyists and artists.
- MIG Welding: Also known as Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) or Wire Feed Welding, MIG is a versatile welding process that is relatively easy to learn. A MIG system includes a constant voltage welding power source, a wire feeder, torch, shielding gas, gas regulator, and welding wire.
- MIG is typically the process we recommend for those who have never welded before. It’s great for welding steel and the equipment is relatively inexpensive. MIG Welding classes at Arc + Flame come in the form of an 8-Hour Workshop and a 30-Hour Night Course.
- TIG Welding: Also known as Gas Tungsten Arc Welding or "Heli-Arc" Welding, TIG is a welding process that utilizes a non-consumable Tungsten electrode to create an electric arc. Although usually more difficult to master than MIG welding, TIG is capable of precise, high quality welds. A TIG system includes a constant current welding power source (AC output for aluminum and magnesium, DC output for most other metals), torch, shielding gas, gas regulator, and ground cable.
- TIG is the ideal welding application for exotic metals (aluminum, stainless, titanium) and thin sheet metal and tubing. TIG Welding classes at Arc + Flame come in the form of an 8-Hour Workshop and a 30-Hour Night Course.
- Stick Welding: Also known as Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Stick welding 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.
- Stick welding is versatile because it doesn’t require a shielding gass. Common uses for Stick welding include construction, agriculture, bridge and structural repair and equipment repair. Stick Welding classes at Arc + Flame come in the form of an 8-Hour Workshop and 24-Hour Night Course.
Arc + Flame offers a variety of class formats to suit your availability, learning style and budget. There are variations for each class's course type, but the general outline is as follows:
- Workshop ($165): 8 Hour class session on a Saturday or Sunday typically from 8:00am-4:00pm
- Night Course ($465): Weekly classes for comprehensive learning, typically 6:00pm-9:00pm
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