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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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Washington welders
Jeanette K.
If I could have chosen all five items, I would have done so because Palmer's Way Welding did quality work at a reasonable price. I highly recommend this welding company.
Palmer's Way Welding.Palmer's Way Welding.
Chris H.
I used Palmer’s Welding to weld additional bars into a outdoor stairwell. Palmer perfectly matched the bars as well as painted the stairwell. He was also pleasant and cleaned up the area well afterwards. I would recommend him for additional projects.
Palmer's Way Welding.Palmer's Way Welding.
Cynthia D.
Palmer Welding swiftly responded to my request for work. They were professional and receptive in how they responded to my numerous questions not making me feel like I was not heard. Further, they completed the work with such quality and precision. I love my beautiful gate. Palmer’s Welding is truly a top notch company!
Palmer's Way Welding.Palmer's Way Welding.
Ted P.
I could not be happier with the work. He was able to fix my security gate with no issues (welded the broken hinge). Thanks!!
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John K.
Tim did a great job welding to fix a broken latch on an iron gate. He even put on a fresh coat of paint. He was responsive and finished the job same day
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Maurita N.
Patrick and his team are very punctual, professional, reliable, competent, honest, and Patrick's prices are very reasonable. I highly recommend them to other customers who need welding work.
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Samuel J.
Excellent communication. Replaced 2 rusted diamond steel landings on our metal porch. Very professional and easy going which made it easy to work with C&S. Arrived on time and went right to work without a whole lot of BS (truck runs, phone calls, smoke breaks, food, etc.). Arrived with the materials and right tools. Cleaned up area and removed rusted materials from the premises. C&S also provided the best advice on how to proceed. Other companies wanted to weld new steel plates over the old rusted plates and we thought that would look terrible in the end. Corey agreed and removed the old rusted welded pieces (which were welded to the railing in may places) and replaced with new. We are happy with the quality of the work, price, and responsiveness.
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Walter F.
It is refreshing to actually contact a contractor who returns your call the same day and show up when they said they would. I contacted another welding company listed on the site and have yet to hear back from them. Palmer installed several window bars and did other welding projects quickly and reasonably priced. I had no issues or concerns leaving him alone onsite and when I came back the work was nearly completed and done as instructed. I have already referred him out.
Palmer's Way Welding.Palmer's Way Welding.
Syed S.
Even though I was far from him, Carlos made the journey in the time he said he would and made quick work of a stoop repair. If you need something welded, he’s your guy.
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Talisha T.
Mr. Palmer did a great job repairing and reinstalling our wrought-iron railing. He did a quality job, and he even completed the job in the rain. Will definitely use in the future if any welding work is needed.
Palmer's Way Welding.Palmer's Way Welding.
Tracy E.
Jerome is an awesome welder. He told me what was expected and lived up to his word. He was very fair in his price and did extra and didn’t even charge me for it. Out of the four quotes he was the only one I believe actually welded the materials together because everyone else said it would take a couple of days . It took him a week to weld the railings and paint them and one day to install them. I will definitely use him again and refer him to my friends and neighbors.
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Cynthia S.
I love the security gates that Palmer made for my windows. He was very professional and did an excellent job. Yes I do highly recommend Palmer's welding inc and I will call on his services again in the near future.
Palmer's Way Welding.Palmer's Way Welding.
Sanjay A.
I had a weld break on my front gate and needed it fixed as soon as possible. Tim responded to my request for a quote within minutes, him and his team were at my home (on a cold Friday evening no less) within hours. He quickly made the repair and at a very low and fair price, couldn't ask for more! Would highly recommend!
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Rhonda T.
My experience with Authentic Welding was GREAT! They visited my home and assessed the railing after asking what type of work I needed. Days later after I scheduled another appointment for the work to be completed. They arrived on time. They explained what they needed to do. They asked if I had any questions before they started working. I completely satisfied 100%.
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Leyla C.
Kaine Nelson of One Load LLC was the only welder who came forward with an idea on how to weld an antique brassiere's footing back on. He was very punctual and even texted an ETA. He and his helper worked long, focused, and carefully on this project. They cleaned up perfectly afterward. I am happy to have met him and will definitely call on him again. I will post pictures next week when the next step of putting some shine on is done.
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Mir S.
Tarcisio did a fantastic welding job to repair our broken chair. While I did find cheaper options to fix our chair, I decided to pick Tarcisio because his previous reviews just speak for themselves. Not only did he do a fantastic job he also gave us the guarantee that if the chair breaks again, he will fix it completely free of charge. I highly recommend Tarcisio for his professionalism, craftsmanship and ethics! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Tonya J.
The individual was prompt. I wish he would have made suggestions. I had my rail repaired, but if he would have suggested a new rail in the beginning, I would have gotten it done instead of having it repaired. That being said, he did a great job on the repair and I feel that my rail will be safe for everyone. He also saved me a lot of money by welding my deck furniture. The repairs totally extended the life of my furniture. Always give your customer what you really believe should be done. I looked up your verifications and I fully trusted you as an expert.
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