Mig Welding Precedures and References
many inquiries about the basics of Mig welding, so I'm going to explain some basic
Mig procedures and list some good research sites here.
only list Lincoln Electric's welding school because it has courses that are short
enough for the beginner. Hobart, in Troy Ohio, along with Lincoln, is one of the
top welding schools in the world. Hobart is geared more for the student pursuing
a career in welding.
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With Lincoln, you can learn
Mig basics in their one week course, They also offer a very interesting one week,
or additional week class on motorsports. It is excellent for those wanting to
work on motorcycle and car frames. You can get a really good deal on the tuition
if you own a Lincoln machine, or join their program, which is free. (Heck, I should
get a dadgummed commission from Lincoln after this article!
are many community colleges that offer classes for the beginner and hobbyist,
but they are getting harder to find as many programs have been shut down.
trade schools are focused on welding as a career and don't offer basic Mig classes.
Mig welding is the easiest of all the processes.
I can have a student up and welding in just a couple of hours with it. However,
I'm talking Mig BASICS. It of course takes many hours, if not years of practice
to master. The more you learn about welding theory and metallurgy, the better
your skill will be.
You can even learn to Mig weld
on your own with books and videos. The only thing I don't like about someone being
self-taught is no one being there to tell them if they are doing something wrong.
If you're learning on your own, at least get someone who is proficient in welding
to check up on you.
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER weld something
that is critical on your own if you are not 100% qualified!!! Making a defective
weld on something like a trailer could get someone killed if that weld fails at
70 mph on the highway!
Make sure to acquaint
yourself with ALL safety procedures before welding and cutting.
every year I hear of a welder starting a fire, or getting maimed or killed because
of welding on a container that blew up. Containers can be toxic, flammable, and
explosive. I will not weld on a used container even if it has been cleaned and
safety certified. My life and limb are worth more than a danged cooker!
take on Mig:
more of my ramblings on various welding subjects go to
put "Marty Rice" in the arthor search box.
can also find me in Hobart's The World of Welding" at http://www.welding.org.
Electric's books and videos:
Electric's project books Volumes II and III. Where is Volume I you might ask?
Heck if I know!
Electric's Motosport School (one week or two weeks)
Electric's Welding School:
Electric's Safety Download page:
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Weld Talk Message Boards, a great place to read and exchange ideas: