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How do I find a good welder in San Francisco?

First, take your search online. This way, you can compare San Francisco's top-rated welders quickly and thoroughly. Searching online allows you to compare welders’ ratings, reviews and Top Pro statuses. Some customers also upload photos of actual work done by the welders in your area, and these photos can help you assess their skill level.

Also, take some time to look into the welders’ credentials. For example, you can ask if the pros have a C-60 license for welding contractors in California and/or certification from the American Welding Society. They might also have training and certifications from other accredited programs. Don’t hesitate to ask the welders to share their credentials if you can’t find this information on their online profiles. 

Finally, make sure you get cost estimates for your project from several different welders in San Francisco. Requesting price quotes is key to making sure you hire the best pro for the best (not necessarily the “cheapest”) price.

How many types of welding are there?

Welding is a method of fusing together two or more pieces of metal using electricity or flame. Welding is used to construct buildings, make metal sculptures, build and repair cars, make gates and furniture, and for many other practical and aesthetic uses. There are multiple types of welding. Here is an overview of the most popular methods:

  • Stick welding: Formally known as shielded metal arc welding, stick welding uses extreme heat applied at the seam of two separate metals to melt them together. A third (intermediary) metal may also be incorporated for added strength. As the metals cool, they are bonded together.
  • Metal inert gas (MIG) welding: Formally known as gas metal arc welding, MIG welding uses a tool to feed metal wire into the weld puddle while an electrical arc melts the wire, which will fuse to the base metal upon cooling.
  • Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding: Formally referred to gas tungsten arc welding, TIG welding is a similar process MIG welding, but instead of using a tool that continuously feeds metal wire into the weld puddle, the welder must hold and manually feed the stick.
  • Gas welding: A mix of flammable gas and oxygen is used to heat metal to the melting point.
  • Forge welding: Forging metal is an ancient art that involves heating two pieces of metal until they are molten, then hammering them together.

How much is welding training?

The cost of welding training depends on where you take your classes and how quickly you want to complete the program. In general, junior college welding classes are the least expensive, but may take longer; trade schools offer intensive classes that lead to certification more quickly, but are more expensive. For example, Cerritos College, a junior college in Los Angeles that offers a welding training course, charges an average of $46 per unit; most of their welding certificate programs require 19 units of coursework, so cost about $875 each to complete. Pro-Weld, an on-site welding school in Idaho, offers three different welding courses. The 36-week welder fabrication and the 24-week gas tungsten arc welding courses each cost an average of $3,300, while pipe welding costs an average of $2,500 for a 24-week session or an average of $4,500 for a 52-week session. The 20-week comprehensive program at the Lincoln Electric Company in Ohio costs an average of $9,500. Many programs require students to purchase approximately $120-$200 worth of personal welding equipment in addition to textbooks or other class material fees.

How long is welding training?

Because there are different paths to learning to weld, there’s no single timeline for welding training. Some people attend school part-time while working their current job, while others can focus full-time on their welding training courses. People interested in learning how to weld as a hobby can also take classes from professional welders, such as at KCMA & Services in Waterloo, Indiana.

Expect to take at least two years to go from welding newbie to American Welding Society Certified Welder. A junior college Certificate of Completion welding course is two semesters full-time, or 10 units of coursework. With this certificate, students are qualified for an apprenticeship or internship, rather than a full-time entry-level job. Welding apprenticeships range from 6,000 to 8,000 hours long, equalling three to four years at 2,000 hours per year. Some junior colleges, such as Cerritos College in the Los Angeles area, offer more in-depth welding programs that lead to different welding certifications, such as arc welding and tungsten gas arc welding. These take three to four semesters to complete, so you could be qualified for an entry-level job in about two years of full-time study. Alternatively, you can prepare for employment more quickly through an intensive vocational program at a trade school. For instance, Ohio’s Lincoln Electric Company offers a comprehensive program that prepares people for a welding career in just 20 weeks and 600 hours of hands-on instruction.

Where can I take welding classes?

Your options for welding classes depend on where you live and whether you’re willing to travel. Many skilled professionals offer private or group welding classes across the U.S. Some high schools offer classes for teens, but many people learn from a private trainer or in a junior college or vocational school. Students learn basic welding, machining and fabrication processes, including using gas and arc welding equipment, and qualify for an apprenticeship or internship. Other colleges as well as vocational schools have two-year associate’s degree programs that prepare you to take the welding certification exam and seek full-time employment.

Reviews for San Francisco welders
Paolo D.
Very responsive, punctual and professional. Definitely will use Brothers Welding for future projects!
Brothers WeldingBrothers Welding
Max V.
Very thorough. Every weld was top notch. Didn't rush it but worked very efficiently
Brothers WeldingBrothers Welding
Cary Y.
Too expensive. They wanted 3 times the cost of my buying a brand new item to do 2ea 1/4" circular welds.
Porter FabricationPorter Fabrication
Cheryl M.
Al did a great job welding my bar stools to the requested height. You can’t tell they were touched at all it looks amazing! Service and price is unbeatable! Thank you Al!
Al the Welder, llcAl the Welder, llc
Kristina K.
Jose is awesome, he arrived on time and gave me a thorough estimate, plus a free repair to our lilting railing before he even got approval to start the work. He followed up by phone and text to confirm estimate and timeline. Highly recommend Brothers Welding!
Brothers WeldingBrothers Welding
Carolyn B.
Super nice guy, showed up when he said he would, and did the work he said he would do. I had to have a part on my motorbike welded back on and he got it done in about an hour. He was responsive when we were discussing the job, and took time to research the bike he would be working on to make sure it was a job he could do well. Thanks!
LS DesignsLS Designs
Stephanie K.
Al and his wife were absolutely fantastic! I needed help fixing a stool that had a bent hairpin leg. Not only did he do an excellent job fixing the chair and making it practically brand new but he and his wife picked up the stool and dropped it back off to me as I don’t have a car. I highly recommend Al the welder. You will not be disappointed in the great work he does!! They’re both extremely kind and friendly as well! I’ve officially found my welder and will not be going to anyone else for all my welding needs! Thanks a million!!
Al the Welder, llcAl the Welder, llc
Jamie S.
Al did an amazing job helping us pick a new front gate cover for our home. He was very quick to respond, patiently answered all of my questions (I knew nothing about welding!), and offered us a very fair price. They showed up totally prepared and were in and out very quickly. The new gate looks better than I expected. Even our neighbors couldn’t say enough good things about how great the new gate looks. I would hire him again in an instant! Thank you Al and team for stellar service and a great job!!
Al the Welder, llcAl the Welder, llc
Taylar H.
I had a great experience working with Sam and would not only work with him again but would wholeheartedly recommend him for any fabrication and welding jobs, or similar. He was extremely fast in responding to my messages and was clear about his pricing right away. He visited the site in advance and took detailed notes and measurements, then pre-fabricated what we needed to expedite the installation on our scheduled day. The job turned out great. Looks good and does exactly the job we needed it to. I really appreciate him still coming out and doing the job during COVID-19 (which he’s allowed to do as an essential worker but certainly didn’t have to do).
Porter FabricationPorter Fabrication
Joshua M.
Guys a crook. Worst experience ever. This guy will charge you $1600 a day just because that’s what his bills are. He charged us $1475 for about an hours worth of work. (Technically it was five hours and of course his driving time). All of which could havE been done in an hour. He of which was welding. Two men on the job. One holds the ladder the other works. (If you could call it that). And we were charged to pay for both. They Then took off with $1200 of metal for the job. After two weeks of trying to get my metal back they took us to collections and held my metal for ransom. Which I never got back. Unreal.
Dela's Machine and FabricationDela's Machine and Fabrication
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