Steel Welding Skill Development
Duration: 9 hours
Class Size: 2 people
AGES: 16+ (MAY CONSIDER MOTIVATED YOUNGER PEOPLE WITH A PARENT ALSO TAKING THE CLASS)
Improve your MIG and TIG welding skills for steel. In this hands-on class, you will learn and practice weld joints, work preparation, and fabrication through the creation of a steel bookend project which incorporates multiple joint types and material shapes.
In this class, you will learn to:
Set up the welding machines
Understand uses for different machines and set ups
Identify good and bad weld characteristics
Develop your welding skills with various joint types and positions
Use clamps, jigs and other helpful tools to fabricate with steel
This class is 3 evenings of 3 hours each, with days in between sessions to allow the students to practice on their own.
You are also encouraged to practice welding on your own (at Maker Works with an active membership, or elsewhere) in preparation for this class.
What to wear:
Natural fiber clothing (cotton, denim)
Closed-toe shoes (no sandals)
Long hair must be pulled back from the face. A welding hat, bandana, or hood will help protect your hair from sparks.
Bring your reading glasses, if you use them.
Bring earplugs. Other ear protection doesn’t fit under welding hoods, so plugs are the only option. We recommend 3M reusable ear plugs (found at Meijer or online).
Other safety gear, which we provide or you may bring your own:
ANSI Z87 safety glasses or goggles
Instructor: Lauka Michalowski.
Lauka has been welding and fabricating professionally since 2012 and earned an associates degree from Washtenaw Community College’s welding and fabrication department. At a variety of work sites and shops, she has gained experience with production fabrication, custom build projects, and artistic sculpture. Most of her free time is spent at a private shop creating art.