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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.

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.

Reviews for Bishop Arts District welders
Markus M.
I needed a guy to do some welding and he came and got it done.
D. D.
Quincy replied literally within minutes of my initial submit to find a welder near me. He was reasonably priced compared to others and his work was exactly as I requested. I highly recommend Q & A Mobile Welding for your welding needs!
Q and A mobile weldingQ and A mobile welding
Anna S.
Did a great job on my small welding project. It was very small took about 20 minutes. Most pros wouldn’t even bother to make the trip. Gave some good tips about future care. Will definitely hire for future welding projects.
GP Fabrication & WeldingGP Fabrication & Welding
Julie h.
All-Weld Fabrication LLC did a fantastic job on our specialty iron work! We are very pleased with them and would recommend to anyone.
All-Weld FabricationAll-Weld Fabrication
Matthew B.
He did a great job repairing the welding. On my request, he added extra material so I could smooth it down myself.
All-Weld FabricationAll-Weld Fabrication
Kevin D.
The platform only allows me to compliment All-Weld in 3 categories but Alford was amazing. Great communication, proactively kept me posted on his ETA, was patient with our bidding and procurement process, and helped explain everything to us in a clear, yet concise way. Fair pricing and, honestly, I wish we had more welding work so we could hire him more.
All-Weld FabricationAll-Weld Fabrication
Boardwalk C.
Our townhouse community has security fencing. A small section had rusted off. I requested quotes from a few welders. Nava's Welding got back to me very quickly about coming to take a look at the fence. They were able to come out the following day and provided a written estimate within about an hour after looking at the fence. Nava's price was very reasonable for repair of the fence and adding a couple of things that I had requested. After choosing Nava's to perform the work, they were out on the day/time I requested, worked professionally, and did a superb job! I will definitely call Nava's Welding again for any of our welding needs.
Nava's weldingNava's welding
Yavuz C.
Moses responded very quick and did a welding job for flipping my metal yard gate same day (arrived in 40 mins) for a reasonable price. Friendly and good person.
Momack welding and fabricationMomack welding and fabrication
Jonathan C.
Great work. Came out to repair some welds in my rod iron gate and ended up helping me with other repairs to my fence. Went above and beyond!
All-Weld FabricationAll-Weld Fabrication
Kenny B.
Really nice work from Jose on my motorcycle frame that needed quick welding. He knew what it needed to be extra strong to hold the rear suspension. Thanks for the quick turnaround time!
Jose Sanchez WeldingJose Sanchez Welding
Morgan M.
I needed a divider fabricated and installed on my balcony and Panya Fabricate Welding & Machine did a great job. Matched my. design and came out to take thorough measurements. Juan installed the divider and painted it. Total project turnaround time was quick. Very happy would use again and recommend.
Pierre C.
Navas’s Welding did a great job on the hand rails for my front and back door. They were very friendly, and easy to work with. The measurements they took during our initial meeting turned out to be too high. I expressed my concerns and Mr Navas agreed to modify the rails without question. Probably added 2-3 hours to their work day but they did it happily and without complaining. There was also confusion on the scope of work I was receiving for the agreed upon price quoted. After I showed him our previous texts he immediately agreed (with a smile) to finish the job we had agreed to, and promised to complete before weeks end. I would absolutely recommend and hire this company again for another project. Great experience with Navas’s Welding!!
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