Originally Posted by Conrad_AZ
for welding classes. I hadnt done any welding for 15 years so when I got back into building cars, I signed up for a MIG class at our JC. I convienced five members from our car club to sign up as well. As I recall it was about $80 for a semester and they provided the equipment, gas, wire and steel.
The instructor was top notch - demonstrated proper technique and was on hand to observe and critique your work.
In addition to getting back in the groove so to speak, we had a great boys night out every week!
Just read Dewey's post on a Welding Coach. Totally agree with his comments as well. I recently had a good friend and excellent welder/fabricator drop by my shop. He showed me some really great techniques for MIG welding thin gauge material and preventing warping the material while getting good penetration.
That's 80 bucks well spent and considering the cost of welding it has to be one of the better bargains! There are simply too many myths and bad habits associated with welding and unfortunately all too often these just get passed back and forth by well intentioned but ill-informed friends who weld but are not pros. A good welding class is the best investment a beginning welder can make because once bad habits are acquired they can be hard to break.