Welding Machine Basics


Want to use DM's new welding equipment? This class will cover the safety and use of the TIG/Stick and MIG machines at Decatur Makers. Each attendee will get to startup, use, and shut down the machines so you can be cleared to use the equipment. You'll learn how to do some basic troubleshooting and how to take care of the equipment properly. We will discuss TIG, MIG, and Stick applications and welding different types of metal. We will also touch on adjacent equipment, like angle grinders and clamps, needed to weld. *This is a class on how to use welding machines - learning how to weld is a seperate class.*

Student must wear natural fiber clothes (100% cotton, leather, hemp, bamboo, linen, etc) and shoes. Closed toed leather shoes (no mesh). Covered arms and legs (long sleeves and long pants).
If you have your own safety equipment you can bring it. Bring reading glasses if needed (must see up close).

Here's a little information to get you started:
MIG (GMAW - Gas Metal Arc Welding) is the easiest process to learn. It has a MIG "gun" that is live once you push the trigger. There is a continuous feed of wire that serves as filler metal and electrode.
Stick (SMAW - Shielded Metal Arc Welding) is the earliest modern welding to use electricity. This process doesn't require gas tanks and is used in the field and under water. It can be challenging but rewarding to learn.
TIG (GTAW - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) welding is a process that allows very high quality welds, even on very thin metals. Welding with TIG is the cleanest process with little to no splatter. You can choose whether to use filler metal and have constant heat control.

Min age: 12 years old - adult

Max number of students in the class: 4

= $25 for non-members of Decatur Makers (for more info and to join, click here (https://decaturmakers.org/membership/))
= FREE for members of Decatur Makers (please pay here, and you will be reimbursed after the class if you attend. It may take up to ten days to get reimbursed. No-shows won't be reimbursed unless they change their RSVPs to Not Going beforehand). Thanks!