Learning lots in a single day

  1. niels

    niels Member

    Yesterday I did spent at a "welding academy" where an experienced welder teached me one-on-one during 2 sessions of 3 1/4 hours. I must admit this was the best €250 I've spent on a hobby.

    Since I've only had some practise at home laying beads and welding up a square made out of 25x25x3 tubing my skills were very limited.

    During one day he took me through a dozen exercises from laying beads to butt joints over tee joints to a try at a vertical corner joint (if that's the proper naming).

    The most challenging (except for the vertical weld) was the tee joint with a "waving" sheet as the vertical part. Twisting my wrist for the outside turn went well, but the inside turn was a real challenge and I only managed to do a "faultless" weld on 1 piece out of 6.

    As a fun moment, I was invited to make a few welds with an industrial sized pulsed welder. That one had a lot of power, sir!

    If you can find someone near that is willing to teach you one-on-one, I can only recommend grabbing the opportunity!

    - Niels

    Some work pieces after the first session. I'm not proud of a few attempts, but I'm sure proud of what I've achieved after a day of learning!

    Handling a big torch! :)
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  2. Nick DV

    Nick DV "You must unlearn what you have learned."

    "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...."
    The welds look pretty good from here :thumbup:
  3. RonA

    RonA specialist in repairing sealed for life equipment

    Stockton on Tees, UK
    I learnt at the local college of knowledge (at a time before course prices went stupid) the tutor had been a professional welder but had to give it up after an injury.
    As you say, being guided by a professional is a revelation.
  4. Ged93 Member

    It's always good to hear that someone around is interested to learn things , welding in this case , even if this probably won't be your job .

    Patience and practice , also your teacher would say you that is useless to know how to make a perfect weld when you don't know how to apply welding on real-world structures ( small or big ) understanding how material and geometry react to heat caused by welding and how a good or bad welding sequence can change the final assembly .

    Welding is not a stupid work like someone says , it's an art form , at least for me , years and years and years of experience are needed to become a REAL welder , and to become a welder-carpenter you need even more experience ( a welder-carpenter not only knows how to weld perfectly but knows how to assemble structures and knows all the tricks and solutions to make things right )

    Anyway , well done !

    PS : which brand of industrial pulsed machine did you tested ? Pulsed or double pulsed ?