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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 Vinings welders
Shalli I.
Did a GREAT job re-welding and hanging my gates. I had someone do them before and they installed them backwards! Also, the gates broke off the hinges. This gentleman even sprayed where he welded, so that the gate was blended in. He is fully equipped with tolls to weld (nothing makeshift) his vehicle had a huge welding tank / machine. He responded very quickly and came out on a Sunday to complete the work. Very satisfied! Highly recommended. Also, conveniently accepts cashapp! I would use again! Thank you
Quality Welding Repair Services (Insured)Quality Welding Repair Services (Insured)
Jon C.
Cole was super responsive to a last minute request to weld an AC unit cage shut for security reasons. His price was reasonable and he completed it timely. I would highly recommend his company for all of your metal welding needs!
CYK Metalworks and Repair LLCCYK Metalworks and Repair LLC
Trent T.
Dawson is knowledgeable and professional with a strong welding skill set. I plan to use him for several other projects in the future.
Nelson MetalWorksNelson MetalWorks
Larry C.
I had a issue with my front fence. JP Welding came out the next day and got the job done. It was reasonably priced and very helpful abs thoughtful in his work.
Debra B.
Scott Shepard was great to work with! He was on time and did a great job repairing wrought iron porch rails which had been broken off. The completed project came in at estimate and I would refer him to anyone needing welding work!
Sheppard WeldingSheppard Welding
Ping W.
Scott responded my project very quickly, the communication with him is very efficient and effective, he gave me a fair estimate, and finished the job on time, the welding work for the metal handrails is great!! I will definitely hire him if I have any project in the future.
Sheppard WeldingSheppard Welding
Judine K.
We needed a side support on an antiques iron and brass bed welded where it had broken. Morgan was prompt to reply to our search. planned with me a time to meet to assess, texted when he was nearby, arrived on time with his equipment and did a great job.
5M Custom Fabrication LLC5M Custom Fabrication LLC
Latrina B.
Thank you John for responding so quickly and the wonderful job you did repairing my my chair. If anyone is in the market for welding John is the man, you will find that he is very personable, straightforward and clear about what needs to be done and does great work.
5M Custom Fabrication LLC5M Custom Fabrication LLC
Michael S.
I received an immediate response to my inquiry with relevant questions and even some great tips to control the material costs. The 22 foot long aluminum sheet metal piece was crafted very well with precise bends and clean welds. The piece was delivered damage free exactly when it was requested. I will hire Scott again.
Sheppard WeldingSheppard Welding
Kristi l.
Sheppard Welding was great! He worked to make sure he could fit in our small task. I appreciate the fact that he worked to help me find the right materials, and guided me through the process. He was able to fit us in and was quick and even saw something else wasn't on secured, and fixed that for us. Definitely would reccommend!
Sheppard WeldingSheppard Welding
Craig H.
Amazing service. I had backing into my neighbors mailbox and the aluminum cracked into 3 pieces. I called Quality Welding and he reached out immediately by phone and he was out the next day. Very responsive and I must say his work was exceptional. It was as if nothing ever happened. 30 min tops and he was done. Everything was cleaned up and back to normal. I will be sharing his info with others. My neighbors were also very impressed with his work and mentioned they will be calling him for some work.
Quality Welding Repair Services (Insured)Quality Welding Repair Services (Insured)
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