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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Chicago welders
Thumbtack Customer
Great work, would hire again for my next welding needs.
Black Lion Welding, And Handyman ServicesBlack Lion Welding, And Handyman Services
Patricia C.
Agustin welding works responded within 24 hours, arrived on time to complete the work. The quality of the welding was exceptional and the price was right for a small repair job. I will be happy to place his business cards on the board at Clark Devon Hardware. Pat Casey, Edgewater resident
Chicago Metal Works and PaintingChicago Metal Works and Painting
Benn H.
Was quick to respond and to complete the work. I would hire Andrew again if I need and welding done.
People helping people servicesPeople helping people services
Ozzie G.
Rob was fantastic. He was on time and very responsive. He ensured everything was perfect with the welding job. I will book him again.
Black Lion Welding, And Handyman ServicesBlack Lion Welding, And Handyman Services
Peter C.
Brandon did a great job welding a broken fence. He was quick and responsive. I highly recommend him. Easily 5 star service and work.
Kieffer, LLC.Kieffer, LLC.
Amber d.
We needed a door welded and Mac adjusted to my timeframes without pushback. The work was well done and at a fare price, he even suggested additional safety measures to consider. We will be using him for additional projects in the future.
Mack's Welding and ServicesMack's Welding and Services
Cory O.
Brandon was excellent! He was quickly able to repair a failed ikea part with ease; he was friendly, professional, and was extremely responsive to messages. I would highly suggest his work; and in the future I would definitely use his welding abilities again!
Kieffer, LLC.Kieffer, LLC.
Matthew P.
Luis did an excellent job and is very professional. After a mixup on MY part he still came the next day to complete the job (on July 4th!). His prep and welding work was clean and efficient. I would definitely hire him again.
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Thumbtack Customer
We had circular metal stairs gowing up three floors. The banisters were not child safe because they were too far apart. Rob welded extra ones in very carefully so nobody believes they have not been there all the time. The work turned out to be more difficult then preestimated and took longer then expected. But we love the result and will definetely use Rob's services again.
Black Lion Welding, And Handyman ServicesBlack Lion Welding, And Handyman Services
Jenny K.
I am so lucky to find Brandon. He was wonderful. I wanted to choose all of the options you laid out... Work quality, professionalism, Responsiveness, Value, and punctuality, friendly, helpful, and went extra beyond my expectations. He not only finished my main front gate welding, but also took care of my side gate several things bothered me for sometime in a breeze. I was grateful.
Kieffer, LLC.Kieffer, LLC.
Mary J.
Amazing to work with! Brandon is a professional problem solver. When our back storm door blew off due to the high winds we reached out to Brandon to see if we could have the original door reinstalled and weather sealed. Brandon's quick thinking and creativity saved us cost on this project as he was able to use the existing frame and the original door. Brandon Kieffer is fair and efficient. Wonderful person and we plan to hire Brandon for many future jobs; metal gate welding work and other jobs!
Kieffer, LLC.Kieffer, LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Wrought Iron Repairs to install metal mesh backing on our front gate as well as install a new iron gate to on the side of our house. Curtis was easy to work with and the price was very reasonable. The quality of the welding wasn't super detailed, but it doesn't show in the end product. Wrought Iron Repairs went out of their way to find iron for our side gate that matched the design details perfectly, they replaced missing finials, and painted the new iron pieces to match. The end result turned out fantastic. I would hire Curtis and the team at Wrought Iron Repairs again.
Wrougth Iron RepairsWrougth Iron Repairs
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