I'm a self employed contractor that has interest in learning how to weld for projects. How would you guys suggest learning fresh? I suppose county college course to begin, but maybe there is a better route?
I'm in north central NJ.
Lot's of ways to learn. CC, welder friend, y-tube, welding forums. I am working on a degree in welding right now. What do you want to weld? How thick? What metal? ect....
Probably want general education at this time. Its probably for self use in the future, but who knows, maybe could turn it into something else.
You tube is full of mis-information. Welding has potentially deadly results. Nothing to play around with. Yes there is some good stuff on you tube but plenty of BS as well.
I'd guess anyone who is a member here likely has enough common sense to separate the crap from the good information
Not really. If you don't know anything about it, how would you know what is valid?You could probably get yourself killed by doing a lot of the things seen on Youtube, or other areas of the internet. I'd guess anyone who is a member here likely has enough common sense to separate the crap from the good information.
Not really. If you don't know anything about it, how would you know what is valid?
I have trained a LOT of welders. It is always easier when they have already taken a class.
I wonder how it checks your ability to keep track of the puddle? Being a luddite is becoming quite difficult these days...sigh.The local tech college spent a lot of bucks on virtual welding training system. I haven't seen it but supposedly most of the welding is virtual, no arc required. The trainer holds a stick and runs it along a joint and the system grades the stick position and speed.
I get your point but I was referring more to the videos I had given examples of (ie: showing the effects of welding too cold vs. too hot, too slow vs. too fast)-doing any of those things isn't going to get you killed, they're just going to result in substandard welds. I suppose though, it being the internet and all, that somewhere out there is an idiot filming himself doing something stupid and telling the world via Youtube...
Taking a class was also my first suggestion. Just sayin...
This is your disconnect. Substandard welds CAN get you killed. Too many examples to begin to list them all. I have testified in cases where ten men died. Welders need to adhere to a code of ethics similar to structural engineers.