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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 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.

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 Mint Hill welders
Sedrick G.
I would highly recommend Israel Mobile Welding. He is a mobile welding/fabrication that provides great work and service. I look forward to working with you in the future.
Frances W.
We had a wonderful experience with the Welding Connection! From our initial email to them until the end of the project (which took less than 24 hours!) was nothing but perfect! I highly recommend using the Welding Connection for any welding/fabrication needs you might have. You won't be disappointed!
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Brian A.
Great work! Dug up the mailbox, welded and cemented back in the ground.
Harriet G.
We had a small welding job, and I saw the wonderful reviews of Derrick and DM Fab on Thumbtack. We took our wrought iron chair up to him, and he welded the broken slat quickly and professionally. Derrick was friendly and professional in person and in his responses to me on-line. We would highly recommend him for welding jobs large or small.
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Steve M.
Welded Aluminum Handrail on site that was damaged. Very quick response; Reasonable price; Professional
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Paul M.
Derrick was quick to respond and quick to fabricate new ladder bookshelves and a new tv stand for me. All the welds are solid and clean - and when I say clean, I mean really clean, textbook looking welds. I will be using him again in the future for more furniture projects. Thanks, Derrick!
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Angie M.
I would highly recommend Israel Mobile Welding. Did a great job! Punctual, professional and very reasonable.
Rosemary V.
I was very pleased with the workmanship and promptness of The Welding Connection. Their attention to my needs were Excellent, I highly recommend them and will use them in the future.
The Welding Connection,  LLCThe Welding Connection, LLC
Brian S.
Very knowledgeable and worked hard to make sure a difficult welding job was done well. Was able to extract two bolts out of my engine with relative ease.
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Ed M.
Donnie was great! Did the work on a Sunday afternoon at a reasonable price. Great looking weld on stainless steel exhaust pipe bracket. Should be stronger than original.
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Ryan A.
We had a broken metal railing on our front steps and Bradley was able to come out and quickly weld our railing back. I have recommended him to others in our neighborhood.
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Martha A.
Couldn’t be happier! The response was instant and the workmanship is professional! Did not have to wait. Mr. Bradley is a true gentleman and his quality of performance is outstanding. We will call him with all our welding needs.
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Andy V.
Welding Connection are true pros! They provided same day service for our damaged wrought iron rocking chair and weren’t satisfied until we were satisfied with the results. Thank you for restoring a treasured family item!
The Welding Connection,  LLCThe Welding Connection, LLC
Cornell w.
I must admit I didn't have a lot of faith when I reached out about this weld job. I had spoken to 3 other welders about coming out to give me a quote. Never did have success with any of the three, in comes DM Fab. He gave me a good quote from the pictures I sent him and even showed up early to do the job. He made sure to keep an open line of communication and answered all of my questions. Oddly enough he even suggested a cheaper way to get my work done, which worked to my advantage and counter to his. If I have any weld work EVER I will only use this business as I was thoroughly impressed with the whole process. Please consider using DM Fab for any weld jobs you may be starting, you will not be disappointed. Thanks again Derrick!!!!!
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Pari 4.
Mr.Bradley has an extensive experience and knowledge of the work he does. He did a wonderful job at a reasonable price in fixing the broken flatop grill inside a food truck. I would highly recommend for any kind of welding work & I am definitely going back for my future works as well.
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Juan T.
Thankful and impressed by his work. We had a utility trailer that needed a new mesh welded on. Having the ability to be mobile was a game changer for us, which is why we choose this company. He was straightforward, professional, and had great customer service throughout the process. I will use his services again. Very recommended.
Montressa B.
Not sure why I can’t check all of the attributes!! Easton is kind, thorough, reasonable and knowledgeable. I will always call Easton FIRST then let him tell me if I need to go somewhere else. I trust him like THAT! He welded my RV bumper. He welded the bottom of my rusted out grill. Tomorrow he is going to repair my fence. If you have a “honeydo” list, call Easton. He can surely fix it. Easton is my new “Mr Fixit” friend!!! I will call him often. He goes ABOVE AND BEYOND the call of duty. I could go on but you’d get tired of reading. Call Easton. Cal Easton. You won’t regret it.
Rembert's Handyman Services & Welding, LLCRembert's Handyman Services & Welding, LLC
Leonard H.
Derrick was very attainable, you call or text he respond in a timely manner. Easy to talk to and explain your wishes to how you want your work to be done. If what you want done conflicts with the stability of your structure he will give you some ideas that could better your project. He can save you some money also. If you are handy with your hands like assembling things, have him do the welding and you do the assembling. He will work with you. I am in awe of the work He has done for me and I will use him again with any other welding projects that I may have and I will definitely refer anyone who may ask if I know of a welder and I will yes and Derrick is his name.
Nu Wave Fabrication & WeldingNu Wave Fabrication & Welding
Stephen C.
My experience with DM Fab was top notch. I could only pick 3 of 5 options for this review but all 5 are true! I had 2 rocker/swivels that belong to a much larger patio set you can no longer buy. I sent him pictures of the broken chair along with pics of the other rocker/swivel that I wanted reinforced so it didn’t meet the same fate. Not only is he a great guy who’s very courteous, his communication was always timely and kept me in the loop on his availability and progress of my project. The fee was very reasonable and the end product was perfect! I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a welding/fabrication job!
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