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Basic Mig Welding Precedures and References

I get 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.

I 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!

There 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.

Most 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.

Almost 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!

My take on Mig:


For more of my ramblings on various welding subjects go to
and put "Marty Rice" in the arthor search box.

You can also find me in Hobart's The World of Welding" at http://www.welding.org.

Lincoln Electric's books and videos:


Lincoln Electric's project books Volumes II and III. Where is Volume I you might ask? Heck if I know!


Lincoln Electric's Motosport School (one week or two weeks)


Lincoln Electric's Welding School:


Lincoln Electric's Safety Download page:


Miller's Site for Mig, Plasma, and Electricity. It ROCKS!


Hobart's Weld Talk Message Boards, a great place to read and exchange ideas:



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