TIG Welding Class: Entry Level
Cost: $275 includes materials & supplies
Tungsten Inert Gas welding or TIG for short is the vintage name for Gas Tungsten Arc welding or GTAW. From your motorcycle frame to the International Space Station anytime human life is at stake or if aesthetics are important or both, you break out your TIG welder.
This workshop introduces you to the equipment and process and techniques for welding metals the TIG way. Though you can weld mild steel with a gas tungsten arc welder (aka Tig) welder it is mainly used to weld reactive metals like Aluminum or high chromium metals such as stainless steel. This process yields welds with more consistent heat penetration, higher quality welds. To be successful you need to understand the variables and how to set up the machine and the task. When trying to learn by yourself or through Youtube you can end up being stuck in an endless loop by reinforcing bad techniques or poor set ups. With supervised one on one instruction to keep you on track you are able to achieve better more repeatable results, in less time. As your personal welding coach, I can guide you on how to finesse the torch with your hand, showing you the proper form so you can deliver what the process needs for you to succeed. You will learn how to set up the machine, prep materials, what gear you will need and how to deliver the power and heat to the metal. At the end of the class you will be welding steel together, yea some will suck but some will not be too shabby. Practice will make perfect.
Classes are small, limited to 5 students or less. The class is a one day 5 hour session that includes technical training and seat time putting into practice what you have learned. This makes for a better learning experience in comparison to some trade classes with over 30 students and one instructor. Classes and instructor are well reviewed on Yelp and Google. Classes are held on Saturday's from 1-6pm or weekdays Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm - 8:30pm. Tuition for the class is $275 which includes material fees.
You can use the TIG process to do repairs on your bike where appearance is as important as strength. You can use it for custom fabrication of panniers, top cases or farings whereby you can make patterns out of heavy paper then cut thin sheet metal from the patterns and tack them together. You can then weld the segments together, grind and polish the welds and make them disappear. But that will take a bit of time and practice but the process is only limited by the imagination. Tig welding is useful in car restoration where you want little to no distortion and less metal to grind. Tig welding is useful in off road fabrication where you need strength and a nice appearance. Tig is a popular process for making furniture and sculpture as it is a very pleasant process to work with and it produces small high strength joints.
After the intro you are welcome to come into the shop for open practice time with or without supervision.
You will be working on state of the art inverter welders. As part of the class I will also offering live reviews of some of the best imported and affordable inverter welders on the market.
About the instructor:I learned the craft in trade school and went into the service where I worked as a fabricator and learned knew skills and machinery. I have been blessed to be exposed to a number of trades and over the years I have worked as a prop fabricator for the film industry continuing to hone my MIG and TIG skills. This is one of the best and most useful skills I have ever learned and it will serve you for your entire life. Don't hesitate join us today and learn a valuable life long skill.
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