In this all day mig/tig combo class, artstar Jim Tensen will walk you through everything you need to successfully learn to weld. First, you’ll some basic theory, then you’ll learn how the MIG machine works, general safety, why you won’t get electrocuted, and all those questions that have been floating through your brains while laying in bed at 3am. Then you’ll move on to actual welding: Running a bead and tacks, butt joints and fillet welds. Finally, Jim will show you how to visually inspect and test your welds. You’ll also learn how to cut and grind your steel.
The you’ll do it all again with the TIG welder.
This is our newest most popular class. No previous welding experience neccessary.
You’ll have a break half way between, but there’s alot to learn, so plan on being pretty busy all day.
There are a few nasty delis near the shop to buy water and sandwiches near the shop but not a whole lot of options, so bring what you think you’ll need for a day of welding. Lunch, water, snacks, bugspray–yes, the ravenous gowanus mosquitos are notorious…..
Wear long pants, closed toe shoes, and prepare to get dirty. Dress for the weather. Bring long sleeves or sunscreen. Ask Jim why! $110 with $15 materials fee.
MIG welding is the handy hot glue do-all kind of welding, the primary kind of welding used in making traincars, art, cranes, etc.
All sorts of people have come through Madagascar Institute knowing nothing about a shop and have become capable metal workers; get your start here. This class focuses on the hands-on experience of welding. You will learn a little of the theory and tech behind it, but mostly you will get a feel for the manual skill of welding. $60 incl materials
TIG is the new MIG. The coolest thing about TIG welding is that TIG allows you to see exactly what is going on as a weld is executed, up close and personal, without being showered in splatter. Plus you don’t have to wear those bulky gloves.
Come down to the shop and do it slow with Hackett. $60 incl materials.
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