Welding

Flux Cored Arc Welding: An Overview

Flux-cored arc welding, or FCAW, is a common welding technique that has existed since the 1950s. Arc welding uses an electric arc to generate heat that melts and ultimately binds metal. Since flux-cored welding is taught in welding training programs, here is a brief overview of this welding method. What is fluxed cored welding? Flux-cored […]

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What is a Welding Pressure Regulator?

Welding safety requires knowledge of the equipment being used, specifically proper setup, handling, maintenance, and safety practices. One piece of equipment that is common to all gas, or oxyfuel, welding processes is the welding pressure regulator. 1 The Pressure Regulator’s Role in Oxyfuel Welding Oxyfuel welding gets its name from the gases the process uses: […]

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Different Types of Arc Welding

Arc welding uses an electrical power source to create an arc between the base metal and the electrode stick or wire. The arc is struck once you turn on the welding machine, adjust the settings, get safety gear in place, and scratch or tap the electrode against the base metal. The hot arc melts the […]

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Where Could a Welding Job Take You?

Welding plays a big role in Americans’ everyday lives. Bridges, ships, computers, cell phones, oil rigs, and medical devices are all produced with welding. In fact, more than half of U.S. products require the process. Unfortunately, there may not be enough welders to help make these essential goods in the near future. The industry will […]

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What Is Aircraft Welding?

Welding is one of the most widely used methods of fusing metals. Several industries rely on the strong metal bonds welding creates. In fact, over half of the products made in the U.S. require welding. 1 A welding career can take an individual to the racetracks of NASCAR, the oil fields of Texas, and the […]

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What You Need To Know About Welding Electrodes

If you are interested in a welding career, you might have already looked into the welding tools and equipment that are used. One of the most essential welding tools is the welding gun or welding machine which produces an electric current that melts and binds metal. Welding electrodes are essential, and it is important that […]

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Shielded Metal Arc Welding

Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) is one of the most commonly used welding process. SMAW dates back to the 1890s and today is taught to students in welding classes and widely used in numerous industries. 1 Why has this process remained so popular over the years? What Is Shielded Metal Arc Welding? SMAW is also […]

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Welder Qualification vs. Certification

Welders are often asked to demonstrate their skills during job interviews. The test welders take is called a welder performance qualification. The written record of the welder’s demonstrated ability serve as his or her welding certification. Read on to learn more about the differences between welder qualification and certification. 1 Difference between Qualification and Certification […]

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Welding vs. Soldering vs. Brazing–What’s the difference?

Welding, soldering, and brazing are all techniques to join two or more pieces of metal and in some cases, other materials. They are also techniques for filling gaps in metal parts. So, how do you determine which technique to use? That decision depends on material, desired strength, and application. Welding The purpose of welding is […]

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What Is TIG Welding?

There are at least sixty-seven processes welders use to join metals. The type of pressure, heat, and equipment used is what makes one process different from another. TIG welding is one of the most popular welding processes. It produces high-quality welds but also requires a high level of skill. 1 Read more about TIG welding. […]

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