This class is intended for TC Maker members but is open to all. Focus is on basic welding knowledge and basic hand tools in the shop.*Current COVID-Precautions:
Masks are not required for vaccinated individuals, you are welcome to wear a mask to class though. Welding hoods and jackets are available to participants again. It's recommended to bring your own gloves, there's a limited variety of old gloves
The following are recommendations for those wanting to bring their own PPE:
Clothing: Welding Jackets will be washed ahead of the class and can be worn. If you are not going to wear a welding jacket you MUST wear 100% cotton or wool, jeans with NO paint or oil or other material on there, and leather shoes.
Gloves: What we have available is pretty limited, I would strongly suggest purchasing a pair of your own gloves. You don't need heavy-duty gloves, a pair like this will do well ($7.28) or even this ($8.95).
Welding Hoods: If you see yourself welding in the future, it's a solid investment. For folks who have the additional money to spend, I recommend the Weldcote hood, you can buy it online or at Metro Welding, located on Central in NE. If you're looking for something that costs less, reviews have been positive for this Miller auto-darkening hood, but it's still a little pricey at $86. The hoods we use are these Chicago Electric hoods from Harbor Freight ($36) if you're not sure welding is for you or you would like to spend less initially but want to bring your own hood.
Depending on where we are when this class begins, updates to policy and practices will be provided.
About the Class
This class, hosted by Twin Cities Maker, focuses on an easy and accessible introduction to welding. The goal of this class is to become more comfortable with MIG welding, setting-up your machine, workpiece, teachnique, and common joints. This class will also review use of basic hand tools such as an angle grinder, c-clamps, and vise grips.
Who this Class is For
This class is for people with absolutely no experience to people with some hobby knowledge or experience welding. If you want a basic structure for learning how to weld and being able to practice on your own, you'll get something from this class.
What to Expect
This class is two hours long and limited to five to ensure quality time on the welders.
Safety glasses and welding hood, some gloves, s and jackets will be provided
This class will cover how to use the MIG machines, how to set-up your space safely, and give a simple framework to evaluate your welds. This should be considered a brief introduction to welding, you'll learn some basic techniques and be able to practice.
The floors are concrete (going to be harder on joints) and there is seating available. There is water , a soda machine, and one bathroom. There are six stairs; three to get to the main door and three more to step-up into the larger shop area. If you need additional accessibility information or support, please reach out to the instructor. There is also often loud noises and dust; if you have sensitive lungs please bring a respirator! There will be earplugs as well.
About the Instructors
Cory Gabrielle currently works as a union pipefitter. They've been welding for over four years in various roles and has a degree in Welding Technology and for some reason is going back to school for HVAC. They love working on ways to make information more accessible and understandable to all, and enjoy teaching and sharing ideas. You can reach Cory through the Hack Factory metal shop email for general questions, or contact Cory directly ([email protected])
October 9, 2021
Starts: 10:00 AM
Ends: 12:00 PM