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2. Melkor Metal Fabrication
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4.8 (36)
In High Demand
In High Demand
  • 3 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Warren, MI
"The best way to reach me is via telephone or facebook messenger. You can find my number on facebook or google search. Melkor Metal Fabrication Services - Production Prototype Mobile Welding Fabrication Design - custom designs include fire pits, cages, privacy screens, alterations, and more. Welding Brazing Sheet metal bending Processes - GTAW - Tig GMAW - Mig (MAG) FCAW - Flux Core OXY - Oxy Fuel (welding and cutting) PLASMA - Cutting SMAW - Stick Some of our Thumbtack repairs and projects - Trailers Car hauler modifications Boat mast repair Custom art Signs Railings Fencing Fire pits Fireplace doors Custom brackets Overhead bridge hoist Mower deck repair Decorative cast iron repair Billboard cages ABOUT US We provide mobile welding, dissimilar material joining (such as stainless to mild steel), sheet metal bending, and other fabrication services. We sometimes work with larger companies to produce your weldments. An example of this would be laser cutting a large amount of parts for production or bending heavy plate. Materials we work with - stainless steel, mild steel, structural steel, cast iron, copper, brass, aluminum, titanium, and inconel. We am dedicated to producing AWS quality weldments. Whether it's for production or prototype you can rest assured that every weld is methodically prepared and produced with the highest attention to quality. We our formally trained. We work with you and your design team to produce high quality parts in a timely fashion. If you need help with a design or blueprint we are versed in autodesk and I will help you realize your goals. We do not employ engineers so if it is a critical weldment you may want a welding engineer to help you design your weldment before we produce your parts. Safety is our number one goal. We will not weld or produce anything that we feel is not safe. We achieve this standard of safety through examination, proper preparation, proper welding techniques, and inspection of final welds. Additional testing is sent out. We love meeting new people and helping them produce high quality parts or repair vital equipment. The best part about this job is the challenges that come our way and the ability to help people realize their ideas."

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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.

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.
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