Frequently Asked Questions:
- "Can I be notified as new classes are made available?"
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- "What do I need to bring to class?"
-100% Cotton work clothes (Long pants and sleeves).
-Closed-toe leather shoes/boots
-Snacks & Drinking Vessel for water.
-We provide safety glasses, ear plugs, and all other safety gear.
- "I can't decide which welding process I want to learn, what are the differences?"
Our Welding Workshop teaches the three most common welding processes; MIG, TIG, and Stick Welding. Below are basic summaries of each process.
• MIG Welding* is generally considered to be the "easiest" welding process to learn. This is due in part to the fact that it is a semi-automatic process- meaning that the machine feeds the filler metal into the weld puddle on its own when you pull the trigger on the MIG gun. Advantages of this process are its relatively simple learning curve and the speed at which welds can be made with it. It is a highly versatile process that can be used with a wide array of metals other than mild steel such as aluminum and stainless steel. Also, most of the machines used for MIG Welding can also be set up to use flux core wire. FCAW - (Flux-Cored Arc Welding) is a useful process when welding outside as it doesn't require shielding gas (which is easily blown away in the wind).
• TIG Welding* is more difficult for most operators to learn because it requires manual feeding of the filler metal with one hand, while holding the torch (which holds the tungsten electrode that generates the arc, and supplies the shielding gas) in the other hand. Additionally, there is usually a seperate foot pedal for controlling the amount of current (amperage) for the arc. Advantages of this process are that there is virtually no spatter, and a good operator can produce some of the most sound and beautiful welds possible. You can also weld aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, and many other alloys with this process.
• Stick Welding* is the oldest of the three processes, and arguably the most versatile. The machines for this process are generally more simple, as they consist primarily of a power source and welding leads. Stick welding can be done nearly anywhere- including underwater (with special equipment and training). This is because the electrodes are coated in flux. As the inner metal core of the electrode is consumed (melted) into the weld, the flux is burned off creating a gas shield over the molten metal as it solidifies. As such, no external shielding gas is required. While the process itself is relatively straightforward, the manipulation of the electrode can be challenging for new operators. You have to maintain a tight arc gap as the electrode is being consumed, while simultaneously moving along the weld joint. Of the three main processes, Stick welding produces the most spatter and sparks.
- "Where can I purchase supplies?"
For welding supplies in the Austin area, we highly recommend Alamo Welding Supply. They offer a discount to our students. If you prefer online shopping, and would like to help support our school, please consider shopping Amazon.com via our affiliate link. It doesn't cost any extra to do so, and it really helps us out a lot.
- "I want to purchase my own welding machine, do you have any advice or favorite brand?"
We cover much of this information in our classes, with the added benefit of showing the insides of the machines, explaining their basic operating principles, and discussing which would suite your intentions best. Many factors influence the purchase of a welding machine such as; budget, type of process you wish to weld with , portability, and location (indoor or outdoor). We advise that you buy the best machine you can within your budget. Most importantly, you buy the machine that is best suited to your needs. We recommend if you are not familiar with welding that you begin with our class to familiarize yourself with welding so you know what you need. Beyond that, Alamo Welding Supply has all the equipment and machine specific knowledge you will need to make an informed decision.
- "Do you offer Welding Certifications?"
Students who would like to work toward a welding certification are to be advised that learning to weld and the ability to be a certified welder are two very different things. Welding certifications were established to demonstrate that a welder has mastered his/her specific welding process and are used for welds that infringe on public safety if they were to fail. There are many jobs and applications of welding that do not require certification. We do not believe there is a short track to a welding certification.
We offer welder training for certification, under any code, in and out of our facility. This training will require a strict regimen of self-practice to become a certified welder. For more information regarding our certification training, please fill out our:
Certified Welder Training Request Form .
- "I am interested in Private Instruction, is this available?"
Private instruction classes are offered to individuals, small groups, or special projects. MIG, TIG, STICK, torch, fabrication, forging, and small projects may be covered.*
* As we work more than full time hours each week, it may take 2-6 weeks from when payment is confirmed to be able to schedule a private lesson. As we teach around a more than full time work schedule.
Private classes Start with a 4 hour minimum block for $400.00 plus relative material fees, additional students, or project coordination. Requests will be assessed on an individual basis.
Please fill out our Private and Group Studio Request Form
- "Where is your shop located, may I visit the shop?"
We are located in East Austin, west of HWY 183, South of MLK, and North of Bolm Rd.
No, We do not allow visitors, as we are a full time production company and simply can not afford the time in our day.
But, If you must visit our shop, please email us for permission and directions to stop by during one our scheduled classes to see what we are all about. Metalshopstudio@gmail.com