Welding

A Glossary of Welding Terms

If you’re starting a welding career, you will learn a lot of welding terminology. It may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but you’ll get the hang of it during your welding training. To get you started, here’s a compilation of the most commonly used welding terms: Alloy A metal made from two or more […]

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6 FCAW-S Welding Defects and How to Avoid Them

Self-shielded flux-cored arc welding (FCAW-S) is one of the core processes you’ll learn in a welding program, and it has many advantages over the other major types of welding. FCAW has a high production rate because the equipment set up is the same as for MIG welding, but the two processes shield the electrode from […]

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3 TIG Welding Projects for Beginners

If you’re just starting out in your welding classes, small projects can be a great way to gain experience joining metal outside of the lab. TIG welding is the most difficult process to learn, so it’s especially important for beginner welders to get plenty of practice with this technique.[1] Here are 3 easy-to-intermediate TIG welding […]

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What Is a Welding Alloy? A Breakdown of Types and Best Practices

All you need to weld are two pieces of metal and a heat source, right? If only this age-old craft were so simple. Among the other materials necessary to fuse strong metal joints, welding alloys are essential pieces of the puzzle. What Are Welding Alloys? Also called filler metals, welding alloys are additional metals that […]

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6 Small Welding Projects for Beginners

Looking for ways to practice your newly learned welding skills? Put your metal-fusing know-how to work with these 6 small welding projects. With short supply lists and construction times, these projects are simple but fun. Even better, some of these items could make great gifts for mom, dad or that special someone in your life […]

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6 Fun Holiday Welding Projects

Spread some holiday cheer and show off the new skills you learned in your welding classes this winter with these fun projects. Customize a wire Christmas tree. Put a personal touch on ornaments. Craft the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. 1.  Simple Christmas Tree Festive yard art can be the perfect […]

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Weighing Your Welding Training Options: The Pros and Cons

If you’ve made up your mind to fuse metal for a living, then you’ve tackled the toughest part. Choosing a career. What’s next? There is more than one path to becoming a welder. A dedicated welding training program at a trade school Welding courses at a community college On-the-job training[1] A welding apprenticeship How do […]

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Welders: Unsung War Heroes & Heroines

‘Welding has done much to keep us above and ahead of the enemy.’ -Colonel Scott Ritchie of the Ordinance Department[1] The battles on the land, in the sea and high up in the air that advanced the Allies to victory in World War II would not have been possible without welders. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt […]

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A Day in the Life of a Welding School Student

Thinking about going to welding school and wondering what to expect? If you’ve taken a high school shop class, you might already know a thing or two about welding. Physics, chemistry and math can also be great subjects to study before training to become a welder. Whatever your background, you’ll learn all the fundamentals you’ll […]

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Workouts for Welders: Ways to Stay Strong and Fit for the Job

If the thought of sitting at a desk all day has never appealed to you, then a career in welding could be a great fit. One reason being: welding is an active job. Moving around throughout the day has many health benefits. Did you know an active job could help reduce the risk of heart […]

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