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Instructor: Cory Gabrielle
*New precuations are being taken with COVID-19, this class is limited to eight participants, including the instructor, and everyone is encouraged to buy their own PPE wear. The following are reccommendations:
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.
Welding Hoods: Because welding woods are PPE we breathe into, please consider purchasing your own auto-darkening hood. If you see yourself welding in the future, it's a solid investment. For folks who have the additional money to spend, I reccommend 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,
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 accesible introduction to welding. The goal of this class is to become more comfortable with welding, setting-up your machine, workpiece, teachnique, and common joints. Participants will also fabricate a simple project you can use your new skills on and take-home. Space is limited to ensure everyone gets quality time with the welding machines. We'll be working with only mild steel for this class.
Who this Class is For
People with absolutely no experience to people with some knowledge or experience welding will get something out of this class! Class information starts with the assumption that people coming in will have little to no experience and we build from there.
What to Expect
This class is four and a half hours long. We'll meet early, have a brief break for lunch, and end around 2:00! Expect to get into some nitty-gritty of equipment use, metallurgy, metal preparation, and a little fabrication! We will also cover using metal shop equipment like the bandsaw and drill press.
Metal and tungsten will be provided. In addition to welding with metal coupons we will work on a small fabricated project. Twin Cities Maker will have personal safety gear available (welding helmets, gloves, and safety glasses), however it's reccommended if you have smaller hands to bring your own gloves. Please feel free to bring anything that makes working for you easier! This includes your own welding hood, any chairs or stools, whatever helps you get comfortable.
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 Instructor
Cory Gabrielle works as a welder at a small production and fabrication welding shop in Seward. They've been welding for over three years 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 accessibe 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.