Welding

Which Type of Welding Is Best for Stainless Steel?

We love stainless steel. The way it shines back at us on our refrigerators or on a car is so aesthetically pleasing, 45.8 million metrics tons of stainless steel were produced worldwide in 2016. It’s great for the long haul too. It can adapt its corrosion resistance, strength and workability, depending on what metal alloy […]

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What Are Welding Shielding Gases, And Why Are They Important?

Welders had been using shielding gases to protect their work since the 1920s, but when World War II began, these gases went from a niche practice to a commercial standard. If you’re a welder, or if you want to become a welder, you need to know these gases and how they’re applied to welding. They’re […]

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Can You Weld Dissimilar Metals?

Welding dissimilar metals has been challenging as different metals have different melting points, but it is not impossible. 1 In 2015, a process for welding steel to aluminum was discovered, and GM launched a line of cars using this process in 2016. 2 How to Weld Dissimilar Metals When a project requires that dissimilar metals […]

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Considerations for Self-Employed Welders

Have you always wanted to be self-employed? It’s an option when you complete your welding program and get some experience. An estimated 7 percent of the welding workforce is self-employed. Running your own business—even if it’s a one-person operation—comes with responsibilities welding employees typically wouldn’t have to deal with. What Is a Self-Employed Welder? Self-employed […]

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What Are the Mechanical Properties of Metals?

Oftentimes welded structures and products are subject to a certain amount of force. How can one make sure his or her welding work won’t fail under pressure? While it’s important to know how to establish an arc and handle an electrode, understanding the mechanical properties of the materials being used can ensure the strongest, toughest […]

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Welding Machine Overview

Welding machines or welding guns or welders are among the most essential tools for a welding professional. Welding machines generate heat that melts metal parts, so that these parts can be joined. However, there is no single welding machine that is suitable for all welding projects. Types of welding techniques Before you chose a welding […]

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What Does Weldability Mean in Welding?

Can any metal be welded? Yes, but producing a strong, quality weld with some metals requires much more skill and care than with others. The ease with which metals can be fused without producing defects in the finished product is called “weldability.” 1 2 What Is Weldability? The American Welding Society defines weldability as, “the […]

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Common Questions About Becoming a Welder

Welding may be a promising career opportunity for people who wish to work in the skilled trades. If this is a profession that interests you, here is some information about welding. 1. What does a welder do? Generally speaking, a welder cuts and joins metal parts by applying heat to the metal with a welding […]

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How Long Are Welding Certifications Good For?

Certification is one way to advance in the field after you complete your welding training. The type of certification a welder seeks usually depends on the industry he or she works in. Most welding certifications must be renewed after a certain length of time. Find out how long some of the most common certifications are […]

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What Is Weld Purging?

As a welding program student, you come across a lot of specific welding terms, such as annealing, porosity, tension, to name a few.  One of the terms a welding training student needs to know is purging. In short, when you purge a weld, you remove any gases from the welding joint that may impact the […]

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