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11-26-2004, 11:44 AM
when i turn 18, im thinking about getting into a few welding classes, but im not sure what to take, i wanna be certified in all types of welding, tig,mig, arc, and oxyfuel, because i wanna be able to get a job as a welder. What courses should i take
11-26-2004, 06:33 PM
Being a good solid stick weldor gets you in the door. A lot of construction work and repair work is done stick and cut with a torch.
11-27-2004, 10:10 AM
You local high school should have literature on local trade schools and colleges. From there scope out the ones you areinterested in and if you can drop by the welding school classes. Often the instructors can give you an insight into what qualifications are valuable in your area. There are American Welding Society chapters around the country. If you contact a local executive member of the local chapter you should make some good contacts and receive good information
11-27-2004, 03:29 PM
I've never welded before, but always had the call for it. I signed up at my local 2 year college this year and their certification starts from the ground up even though you've welded before. This first class has given me experience in SMAW (Stick), GMAW (MIG), TIG (GTAW), OFC-A (oxyfuel). I didn't realize there were so many weld applications, and types of welds.
There are a total of 13 classes not counting the general ed to graduate with an AA at the college I go to. I'm sure your two year college has a web site that links to their AA - Welding Technology.
Certificates offered at my college are:
Gas metal Arcl Plate and pipe
Gas Tungsten Arc Plate & Pipe Welding
Mathematics & Blueprint Interpretation
Shielded Metal Arc Plate and Pipe
Welding Metallurgy and Inspection
Always remember if you've welded before you should talk to a counsler to challenge the class, which means you can take a test to see if you can pass a certain class and go on to the next required class.
better still would be to research the local employers, find the ones that offer to pay for employee school and get them to hire you as anything. Then get them to pay for your tuition while you work and go to school.
01-05-2005, 05:37 PM
if you want nice indoor work (clean) go and master tig...........if you want to be hanging of the side of a building master stick
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