In this four-hour class, we will cover the basics of welding using MIG welders, to have you safely and effectively ready to start your very own furniture, bicycle chopper, or top fuel dragster project. We will be emphasizing skills and techniques that will make welding more accessible to those without extensive workshops, toolsets, or experience. During the class we will cover safety, metal procurement and selection, welding technique, and finishing/rust prevention techniques. We will then apply all the new skills to make a class project.
A MIG welder is like a hot glue gun for metal. It uses electricity to melt steel and feeds out more steel as you go, so it’s the fastest and easiest welding technique to learn. It’s also ideal for making furniture, making gates, doing general welding repairs, and building scrap metal sculpture.
Class Details: Class runs on Saturdays and Sundays and every other Wednesday from 9am-1pm. There will be no lunch break (to avoid Covid safety hazards) but feel free to bring a snack! Instruction fee is $90, shop and materials fee is $110. Starting July 2020, there will be a COVID PPE fee of $25/e to cover quality gloves and respirator to take home. Total is $225 one person, $410 for two people, and $205 each additional person.
Requirements: There are no prerequisites for this class. Age 14 or older. Students under 18 are required to sign up with a participating parent or guardian (and sign up and pay for two spots). You should be comfortable with sparks and not squeamish with power tools.
Standard clothing: which means you will be required to wear long sleeves and long pants, both made of 100% cotton or wool, and all leather or canvas shoes (Vans, Converse, work boots, cowboy boots all good, ballet flats, clogs, running shoes, all bad). No synthetic melty stuff. Please bring reading glasses and something to tie your hair back if you need either.
Covid Updates: This class will be held outside. There will be a limit of 4 people per class to ensure plenty of space between instructor and other students to maintain six feet distance at all times. The shop will be taking extra safety precautions to sanitize work stations, tools and supplies between classes to give you the safest possible environment.
Bring a Friend Promotion: Sign up with a friend/spouse/coworker and get $20 off each person’s registration. You’ll have to sign up under one registration and under one payment to get the deal, however. Works for two or three people (you popular person, you!) Instructions on how to sign up two or more people (it’s more complicated than it should be, sorry, but this link opens in a new window for reference).