Do I need lessons?

  1. Chill New Member

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    Beginner welder with no experience. Place near me offers lessons.

    Not an ongoing course unfortunately so just a one day thing.

    Worth it?
     
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  2. Country Joe

    Country Joe Argoshield Dark

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    Hi there, and welcome to the Forum.

    If you know anyone reasonably close to you who welds, they might be able to give you a few hours of pointers & practice, then you'll at least know if you'll hate it, without having spent anything.

    Otherwise it depends on the course ,and of course the price of the course.

    If the cost is reasonable, I'd probably go for it.

    But then that may be because I weld, and wouldn't like not being able to!
    If I'd never welded before I might feel differently, but once you can, it's definitely a worthwhile skill to have - and it's quite addictive, too!

    All the Best,
    CJ

    If you were a bit (quite a bit!) nearer- I'd get you up & running myself, (as have many others on here, I believe), so it's not such a completely ridiculous suggestion, as it may sound!
     
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  3. Matchless

    Matchless I started with nothing, still have most of it left

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    pay the bus fare and I will pop over to give you a few pointers!
     
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  4. Chill New Member

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    Costs about £150 for a day . Is that cheap? I want to be proficient and safe
     
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  5. Robert Mullins Member

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    I would imagine to what standard of welding your wishing to attain, if your only wanting to patch up a few old cars, or weld exhaust systems, then either do a short course and keep asking questions on the forum:
    If however your after persuing a career in pipe line welding, pressure vessel or specialising in high end 'top dollar' work, then you're be after learning the correct techniques, and sequences
     
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  6. Matchless

    Matchless I started with nothing, still have most of it left

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    ideally you need some feedback from a recent pupil...........
     
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  7. Country Joe

    Country Joe Argoshield Dark

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    As Mr Matchless says just above, feedback from somebody who's done the course would be good - as you'd then know how large the tutor group sizes are - to get an idea of the ratio of tutors to students.

    I only mention this, as if it's just the one day, there can be quite a lot to get through, and the fewer the sudents per tutor, the more time you'll get to pick up technique and iron out any mistakes or bad habits, very early on.

    Assuming at least the work materials will be included, (and maybe PPE, too - ie helmet, gloves, overalls etc) and there's a decent amount of time available with the instructors, it doesn't sound too bad.

    But feedback from a former student would be the icing on the cake really, as mentioned in the previous post.

    All the Best,
    CJ
     
  8. tom2207 Member

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    if you know some one who welds , buy them lunch , and spend a couple of hours and you will be well under way .
    watch a few videos, after that
    Practice and patience.
    If you enjoy welding a few hours of practice will go by in the blink of an eye , after that its just getting the last few details perfect , most here will freely admit that takes a while ,, in my case about 45 years , and Im still just getting the hang of it.
     
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  9. tom2207 Member

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    Thats what Id call the offer of the day .

    I always maintain I can teach any one the basics of mig welding in twenty mins , but knowing what to weld and when to weld it is where the experience really starts to show.
     
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  10. Country Joe

    Country Joe Argoshield Dark

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    This thread is kind of another reference for 1-2-1 training.

    All the Best,
    CJ
     
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