GMAW, commonly known as MIG welding, is an extremely versatile process for joining metal. For those looking for a comprehensive training program in MIG welding, this 10-session course runs twice a week from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Classes features a combination of lecture and hands-on practice.
This class is designed for beginners and those who want to take their skills to the next level. Upon completion, students will be familiar with safety, equipment, equipment set up and proper welding techniques.
Topics Covered Include:
- Safety for Welders
- The GMAW process
- Types of GMAW equipment
- Assembling a GMAW system
- Welding steel in the Flat, Horizontal, Vertical, and Overhead positions
- Proper techniques for welding "tee,""lap," "corner," "butt," and "edge" joints
- Welding defects: causes and cures
- Choosing proper filler metal alloy and size for the job
- Techniques for MIG welding thin sheet metal
- Techniques for MIG welding light structural and dissimilar thickness steel
- Aluminum MIG welding equipment and proper welding techniques
- Flux-cored steel filler metals and proper welding techniques
- Plasma cutting equipment and proper cutting techniques (one-night overview)
- GTAW (TIG) Equipment and proper technique (one-night overview)
- Abrasives and metal finishing applications: products and safety
Safety Equipment Included:
Students will use studio-owned welding jacket, gloves, safety glasses and auto-darkening helmet during the class.
Students must wear boots/closed toe shoes (excluding cloth shoes, crocs or sneakers).
Students must wear jeans (no sweatpants, leggings, or shorts permitted).
Academic and Workforce Development Center
318 Madison Avenue
My name’s Mark Bellinger, I’m a 3rd generation welder. I’ve been welding/fabricating for the past 15 years. My passion for welding started when I was a child, with one of my earliest memories being with my father putting sparklers in the electrode holder for our stick welder to let me pretend I was welding. Since then my passion has only grown. Welding is an art form that can always be improved on, and I thrive on chasing that perfection. I am qualified through AWS in SMAW, GMAW, and GTAW under AWS D1.1, D1.2, D1.3, & D1.6 codes. My next goals are to obtain my CWI (Certified Welding Inspector) & CWE (Certified Welding Educator) licenses. I thoroughly enjoy transferring my knowledge to those with the willingness to learn, and watching them grow. I care about creating well rounded welders for the next generation to be built upon. Some of my hobbies include restoring classic vehicles, building mega trucks, and racing my dirt bike when I find the time.