IBOAT360 Imperial Blades Carbide Extreme Blade

Mess up a weld seam? Need to cut thick metals or make adjustments?

Don’t want to start over?

Well good news, the Imperial Blades IBOAT360 Carbide Extreme Metal Blade 

is here to save the day – designed with a 1/8″ Carbide Strip attached to the bottom of the blade – this will continue cutting metals even as the teeth wear out.

This blade is an absolute must for remodeling, demo jobs, and for welders looking to make cuts into steel, aluminum, and copper.


Biggest Weld Ever?

Hi Garret , thanks for your videos , they are quite interesting .

I don’t have a mig welder but do plenty of stick welding and enjoy it when I get a great result . Some years ago I purchased a real old Miller welder that can do both Ac and dc welding , wow how much better it is using dc over Ac .

Your videos are great to help a person new to welding and I am pleased that you have done them as they are easy to understand .

Thanks again!

I attached a pic of one of my biggest welds ever…

A repair to a cast steel plate around 18″ diameter . I lathed out the crack , preheated the whole thing then applied more heat to the outside of the plate then did the weld …. About 4 kg of rods !

I learned how to do this from a unequaled engineer who is well into his eighties. And has forgotten more than most modern engineers will ever know!

A very successful result and no warping pulling Or cracks !
Thanks and best regards, Tim


Introduction to Welding Aluminum


Aluminum is one of the most widely used metals for a wide use of industrial, residential, and everyday uses. From aluminum signs used to direct customers to the bathroom or to alert the public of a house for sale, to aerospace, automotive and virtually every other manufacturing industry, aluminum has several desirable qualities that make it an important metal. Not only is it extremely lightweight, but it is also a good conductor of electricity and is resistant to corrosion. Learning how to weld aluminum is an important skill for professionals from a wide range of industries and occupations.

What Types of Welding are used for Aluminum?

As with all metals, certain types of welding are best suited for aluminum because of its inherent properties and characteristics. Shielded metal arc welding, also known as SMAW is one of the most inexpensive welding techniques and works very well with aluminum as long as it is not very thin. While this technique is inexpensive it generally does not necessitate expensive equipment, it does involve a high level of skill, and it might take several years to master the art of SMAW welding of aluminum.

Furthermore, gas metal arc welding, or GMAW, can also be used on aluminum metal. This welding process is very quick and relatively easy to learn. It is best used on aluminum that is at least a minimum thickness. However, you most likely will not want to use this welding technique if you want to avoid the mess that comes with many sparks and smoke.

Lastly, gas tungsten arc welding or GTAW is an option for aluminum welding when you need clean and exact welding done. It generally takes much longer to weld aluminum through GTAW techniques but the precision and purity are unmatched.

A Few Tips for Optimum Aluminum Welding


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No matter which technique you choose to use, there are a few tips that should be followed when welding aluminum. Because aluminum is a great conductor of heat and electricity, heat will usually flow away from the area you are welding relatively quickly. This can be a problem for high-precision welding jobs. One way to avoid this problem is through heating up the metal where you are planning to weld. This will increase the level and strength of the fusion of the weld.


Another common problem that occurs frequently with aluminum welding is related to weld porosity. This essentially means that gases get trapped inside the aluminum as the fusions begin to harden. In some cases, this can lead to fissures or even open and hollow cracks in the weld surface. To avoid this problem, it is important for the welder to cleanse the base and filler metals. Solvents used to de-grease the metal are usually the best, quickest, and safest way to clean the areas you are welding. A wire brush can be used after the solvent has been applied to get rid of any rust that might have accumulated on the surface that you are to weld.

Lastly, another common problem with aluminum welding is related to cracking. As any welder knows, cracks in the weld will seriously limit the strength of the piece being weld and will most likely cause the structure to run afoul of code requirements.

Cracks in aluminum welds occur most often during the hardening or solidification of the metal from the molten state to the cooled state. The best way to avoid these cracks, known as shrinkage cracks, is through choosing the appropriate filler metal. Furthermore, by developing skill and expertise in proper joint design, you can also prevent shrinkage cracking from occurring.

While there are challenges that come with aluminum welding, the vast array of uses of this metal make aluminum welding an important skill to be learned.

Author’s Bio:

Jessica is a marketing enthusiast and an influencer in Fashion & FnB verticals. She keeps special interest in the impact of visual branding on business growth. She has been writing for Stuartsignstore,  having a specialization on T-shirt printing, for a long time now.

Top 10 Welding Gloves Review – Why They’re NOT All Created Equal

In this welding gloves review, I’m going to reveal to you a not so common pitfall that many newbies make when buying welding gloves.

It may not seem important to you because, duh, you need to protect your hands from the sparks generated from MIG welding and arc welding, but also the heat is unbearable with no protection.

And you’ll probably end up with dangerous skin burns if you pick the wrong welding gloves for the wrong welding process. For example, thin welding gloves are much better suited for TIG welding – so long as they protect you from the heat of the arc.

You’ll have more control of the welding torch than you would wearing the oven mitt style gloves favored for stick welding and MIG welding where a flurry of sparks are flying everywhere.

But, there is one welding glove brand that is a huge seller when compared to the rest. I’ll reveal that at the end, and why. For now, just read about these different welding glove options, and see which one suits your needs.


Tillman 50L Top Grain Leather MIG Gloves

These gloves feature an elastic back, helping to keep the gloves from slipping, and they’re a good choice for MIG welding. With split leather palm reinforcements, and fleece lining, they’re not only extremely durable, but they’re very comfortable.


The cow hide is top grain, and the fleece lining will provide protection in hot or cold conditions, without be too heavy. It’s sewn using Kevlar thread, with 4” cuffs to protect your forearms for the avalanche of sparks they will endure.

“Got these for my welding class in high school (mig first semester stick second) and they held up really well and also never got a single hole burned through them with mig spatter.”

-Real Amazon Buyer

Price: $18.95


RAPICCA 662F Leather Forge Welding Gloves

These Rapicca brand gloves come equipped with EXTREME heat resistant. And their guarantee is that they can handle heat as high as 662F. The inner lining is made of cotton for increased softness and feel. The lining is made to absorb any and all sweat you may produce.

These glove are perfect for not only welding, but picking up anything hot. Hot metal, opening BBQ pits, picking up hot coals, or how skillets out of the oven.

The  cuffs are extra long (7.5 inches long) for superior forearm protection from spark showers, flying metal from grinders, BBQ flare ups, and more. The leather is hand selected from thick and soft shoulder cowhide that cannot be punctured, cut, or torn.

They double reinforced the palms and fingers, along with a double thick shielding on the back of the hands. The glove are virtually indeustructable.So, whether you’re working with pointy plants, or having a campfire, these will work great for any situation.

“Nice gloves, I am using them for blacksmithing and they definitely protect your hands. It says they are rated for 662f, which i would assume is the highest temp they can handle without damaging the gloves. However, in my experience they easily protect from sudden and quick exposure to 1600F or more. My hand dimensions are: 8 inches from wrist to middle finger tip, 9 inches from thumb tip to pinky tip. They are quite comfy, a tad oversized but it hasnt been an issue. The only issue i have, which is to be expected, is the loss of dexterity. Dont expect to be able to easily pick up a pencil and start writing. Overall, great quality/value for the price.”

-Real Amazon Buyer

Price: $15.99

KIM YUAN Extreme Heat & Fire Resistant Leather Gloves with Kevlar Stitching


These gloves come with a full 90 day money back guarantee. They are so sure you’ll love them, you can buy them at no risk.

They feature EXTREME heat resistance, as the ones before. They only choose leather that passes their thickness test of 1.2mm or above. The cuffs are made of thick denim, giving you full arm protection for temperatures up to 662F.

What makes these unique is that they are made from specific parts of the cowhide that are thick, but soft at the same time, making them very easy to work in while providing superior heat, cut, and puncture resistance.

They use Kevlar thread to ensure that the high heat doesn’t break down the gloves quickly.Kim Yuan has been making leather work gloves for 20+ years. So, they know a thing or two about making high quality welding gloves.

My husband can’t stop talking about these. At this point what he likes best is perfect fit, dexterity is great, and he doesn’t feel like he is wearing something to protect him from fire. He is very happy with them. I have been asked to get another pair, because he never wants to be without these gloves!”

-Real Amazon Buyer

Price: $14.99

NKTM Leather Welding Gloves

These welding gloves are built to provide extreme wear resistance, and heat resistance. The palms are reinforced to provide superior cushioning, and protection from sharp objects.

This premium cowhide leather welding glove is a great fit for not just welding, but bbq’s, gas forging, and any work your trying not to cut your on sharp objects.

“These are the best BBQ/oven gloves ever. Ive tried all sorts of mits/silicone pads/seen on TV. All usually trash, or ill fitting or end up getting way too hot halfway taking the thing out the oven/messing with the coals. These bad boys are legit, and they should be because they are used by men (and women) who are messing with molten metal! never get too hot! No more forearm burns, steam scalds, odd red marks. I wish I would have gotten these years ago. Only caveat is don’t leave them out in the weather… turns out leather doesnt like water. Who knew? Oh yeah I did. On my second pair. Don’t hesitate!”

-Real Amazon Buyer

Price $8.98

Tillman 25BL Leather Cuff Split Deerskin Kevlar Sewn Tig Gloves

The lightweight, flexible welding gloves are made from supple deersking. They are much lighter, and more flexible that the oven mitt style gloves. They offer an extended 4” cuff to protect your forearm. Not the 7.5” cuff we see in other gloves.

But, these are perfect for TIG welding, where super long arm cuffs aren’t needed.

They are Kevlar stitched to withstand high heat, and give the gloves some added strength.

These offer significantly better dexterity and feel than heaver hide gloves, but the cost for that dexterity is durability. I was able to slice the palm of these completely through on a rough edge of some stock within the first couple hours of use.”

-Real Amazon Buyer

Price: $13.80

DEKOPRO Welding Gloves

These gloves have good forearm protection, although I’m not sure how long the cuffs are, to give you added protection from sparks. They are reinforced where it matters most, on the stress positions of the gloves, ensuring sturdy performance.

Unlike some of those other Heavy gloves, the light weight of these welding gloves will give you the flexibility you need, with cotton lining inside to absorb sweat and provide maximum comfort.

“They are ok. Some of the stitching is sub standard, but for the price and only expecting them to last one season of welding the price is right.”

-Real Amazon Buyer

Price: $8.99

OZERO Leather Welding Gloves – 932F Heat Resistant

These bad boys take heat resistance to a whole new level. To a tune of 932F.

They’re made of thick cowhide leather, and the inside is made of thick cotton lining, with air-isolation aluminum foil that eliminate hot air from causing heat problems.

They’re a great choice not just for welding, but also for grilling, as oven mitts, handling shart plants, and preventing steam burns. The puncture resistant cowhide makes for an extremely durable glove, combined with a 7.5” cuff to ensure not sparks, no bleeding, and no fuss.

They also come with a rock solid, 90–day money back guarantee. So, if you aren’t happy they will return them with no questions asked.

Initially I was worried that they would not fit because they don’t have different sizes and my hands are big. You can use these for welding or BBQing. You can use them for moving or trimming sharp plants. They will protect your hands and arms. I move agaves in and out of the greenhouse every year and my arms get all scratched up so these will be perfect protection. I’m going to learn how to weld this summer so I’m excited to try them while learning how to weld! The quality of these gloves is really good and the leather is super soft.”

-Real Amazon Buyer

Price $14.99

BSX Premium Grain Pigskin Cowhide Back MIG Welding Gloves, Size Medium

These welding gloves have a cotton/foam combination in the thumb area for comfort, and are made from strong pigskin. The backing material is made from premium grade split cowhide, for ultra protection.

Whether you’re grinding and looking for a way to protect your hands, welding with hot sparks, or bbqing with the family, these are a crowd pleaser.

“Well made and protective, but stiffer/bulkier than I expected in mig gloves. They will break in with use.”

-Real Amazon Buyer

Price: $20.95

Steiner 21923-L Shoulder Length Welding Gloves

These gloves might make you feel like cinderella going to a ball, but these 23” gloves will make you feel like you’re ready to go into battle.

Made from only select shoulder split cowhide, these welding gloves are the ultimate in protection. If you’re doing any kind of overhead welding where sparks are showering you, these are fantastic. They are insulated with cotton lining for comfort, and sweat absorption.

And they have foam insulating the back of these gloves. Great welding gloves for anyone working around high heat, working with forges, or just don’t want to get burned.

We bought these for animal handling to avoid scratches, and they are perfect. They go completely over the elbow and halfway over the upper arm. The leather is heavy and the lining is like canvas; very durable.”

-Real Amazon Buyer

Price: $21.96

US Forge 400 Welding Gloves Lined Leather, Blue

Ok, I save the most popular welding gloves for the end. These are the top sellers on Amazon due to their durability, comfort, style, and strength.

They’re lock stitched to provide immense strength, so you don’t have to worry about these coming apart like some cheap models.

“Surprisingly soft on the inside, and they insulate MUCH better than the cheap welding gloves I had from Harbor Freight before this. I use them for blacksmithing/bladesmithing, so I’m handling steel from a 1500+ degree forge with them–obviously, I’m not picking up the glowing bit, but, I can’t feel the warmth of the tongs or ends of the bar stock at all. Here’s hoping they hold up!”

-Real Amazon Buyer

Price: $15.34

I hope you found this review helpful, and I hope you’ll do your own research before you decide to buy these welding gloves.

Happy welding to you!

Garrett Strong

How to Weld: The Easiest Welding Process For Beginners To Learn

If you’re wanting to learn How to Weld and also looking for the easiest welding process to learn…

If you’d like to shortcut your welding learning curve…

OR if you’d like to discover why some welding processes can make a beginner want to throw their welder against the wall in frustration, then what I’m about to reveal is the truth about which welding process is the easiest to learn for beginners.

The 4 Main Welding Processes

  • Oxy Acetylene (Gas Welding)
  • Arc Welding (aka. Stick welding)
  • MIG Welding
  • TIG Welding

If you’re a beginner then choosing the wrong welding process can mean the difference between you enjoying this as a hobby, or being just plain frustrated.

How to weld can be very time consuming, and difficult if not done right.

Let’s briefly talk about each process, and then I’ll reveal the easiest process for you to start with.

How to Weld – Welding process #1: Oxy Acetylene Welding

This welding process uses 2 cylinders of gas mixed together at the torch, and then ignited into an extremely hot flame. Most times it’s acetylene mixed with oxygen, but sometimes it’s propane mixed with oxygen.

Either way, a fuel gas is always mixed with oxygen to attain the high temperature needed to melt steel.

The temperature of an oxy acetylene flame burns at about 6,632℉. That’s freaking hot!

The flame is used to heat the metal until a molten weld puddle is formed. At this point you move the puddle by manipulating the travel direction of the torch while simultaneously dipping a filler rod.

A filler rod is simply a rod of metal that is dipped into the weld puddle that becomes the weld bead.

An oxy-fuel setup like this is very versatile. You can not only weld steel, aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and more…

You can also use it as a cutting torch, to bend metal, and even to do metal brazing (where you join 2 pieces of metal together with a bronze filler metal).

It’s important that you wear shade 5 goggles when using an oxy fuel setup. Whether you’re cutting or welding, you will experience “torch pop” or pieces of metal flying around. You don’t want one of these hitting you in the eyes.

But, as versatile as an oxy fuel setup can be, it’s a very slow and clumsy process to actually be efficient at welding. In other words, it takes a long time to lay a weld bead, and even longer to get good at it.

While learning this process first (as they do in many welding schools) will allow you to learn how to manipulate the molten weld puddle, it isn’t necessary.

This welding process fell out of favor with the advent of electricity, but it was commonly used in the mid 1800’s all the way up to the turn of the 20th Century.

How to Weld – Welding Process #2: Arc Welding

Arc welding is also known as stick welding. It was the first electric welding process to be invented, and it’s still very commonly used today.

The image of a stick welder is probably what you think of today when you imagine someone welding.There’s the long electrode (stick) attached to a stinger which runs an electric current through the electrode, causing a short circuit at the workpiece.

You can weld almost any metal, and even cut using an arc welder.

See, you can buy stick electrodes in any metal you wish to weld. So, if you have an aluminum boat you want to weld on, simply buy some aluminum electrodes. Same for mild steel, stainless, etc.

Stick welding is known for its ability to get deep penetration in metal. So, it’s often used when welding in shipyards, boilers, and other fields where the deepest weld penetration is needed.

The stick electrodes used in arc welding actually burn down in length as you weld. This is why they’re called consumables. And when you look at a finished weld, the weld bead you see is that electrode actually burned down to present a weld bead.

However, this does mean that you have to stop pretty often to discard your old electrode, and add a new one.

Trying to learn stick welding for a beginner can be pretty frustrating. Another reason it’s called stick welding is because your electrode often sticks to the metal when starting your arc. It can be frustrating to say the least.

It’s not uncommon to spend at least the first 30 minutes to an hour just learning how to get a scratch start going.

Stick electrodes come with a flux coating on the outside of the rod. This coating is an absolute essential, and without it your welds would be very weak. That’s because in order for a weld to be solid all the way through, you have to keep the atmospheric gases away from the puddle.

Otherwise, gases like nitrogen and oxygen will “contaminate” the weld, causing small pinholes. So, we use a flux coating that creates a purge of these gases at the weld. This helps maintain a proper weld.

How to Weld – Welding Process #3: MIG Welding

If you’re a beginner to welding, MIG welding is without a doubt the process that will get you up and running quickly and smoothly.

With MIG (aka. GMAW Welding) the electrode comes on a roll of continuously fed wire, rather than a “stick”.

And with MIG you have a handheld gun. You just pull the trigger and the machine starts to feed out the wire. It’s essentially an endless supply of welding wire since you don’t have to change out the roll of wire very often. At least not for the home hobbyist or weekend warrior.

You have 2 options with a MIG welder.

You can choose to weld with either flux core wire, or with solid wire. If you’re using flux core wire, the flux (protective agent) is on the inside of the wire. Opposite to that of stick welding.

But if you’re using solid wire then you need to use a shielding gas. Typically you’d use C25 gas which is a combination of 25% carbon dioxide and 75% Argon. This shielding gas does the same thing as flux. It purges the weld area of any oxygen or nitrogen that could contaminate the weld.

If you’re new to buying a MIG welder, be careful. I recommend buying one that has the ability to use it with gas and with flux core. Some only offer a flux core option. You’ll be disappointed if you go this route.

You can weld pretty much any metal with a MIG welder. Aluminum welding does require that you use an aluminum spool gun.

Once you get your MIG welder tuned in correctly, you’ll be able to create strong, smooth welds every time. Tuning your MIG welder (ie. setting the wire speed and voltage correctly) will make or break your welds.

Many newbies turn out welds that look like bird poop simply because they haven’t got this part right. But, once it’s setup and tuned you just pull the trigger and you’re welding.

However, I did simplify that a bit.

To successfully learn to weld with a MIG welder you need to master not only a flat position weld, but also, horizontal welds, vertical welds, and overhead welds. On top of that, you need to master the welding joints.

Don’t start a project before doing this. You’ll need to know how to weld fillet joints, lap joints, corner joints, t joints, and more. Believe me, you can throw a lot of money away by starting a project too soon before you really know what you’re doing.

I teach all of these MIG welding techniques and more in my course 90 Minute MIG Mastery.

If you want the easiest, most stress free, and funnest way to learn welding, start with a MIG welder. I promise you won’t regret it.

How to Weld – Welding Process #4: TIG Welding

TIG welding is an advanced welding process, but can be learned at home.

It’s used mainly in industrial applications where the welds need to be very accurate. I refer to TIG welding as the cadillac of welding processes. If you’ve ever seen a flawless weld that looks like a stack of dimes fell over, that’s probably TIG.

TIG is very accurate. While welding 2 soda cans together with a stick welder would no doubt destroy the cans, the heat can be adjusted so you can weld this with a TIG.

You can even TIG weld 2 razor blades together it’s so accurate.

The personal TIG machines are going to run more than MIG or stick machines. $1,000+.

See, TIG could be compared to oxy acetylene welding in that you have a heating torch along with a dipping rod. So, it’s 2 handed.

The difference is that with TIG you’re heating the metal with an electric arc while dipping the filler rod. And the way the TIG is so clean and so accurate is that it doesn’t use a short circuit welding process.

In other words, there are not sparks flying everywhere. Just you, the heat of the torch, and the filler rod. There are foot control pedals to increase the voltage, so it will be tricky, and not recommend for any beginner to learn welding this way.

Just like with MIG welding, there is a shielding gas you must use with TIG welding. The molten weld puddle always has to be protected.

If you’re a beginner, like I said I recommend starting with a MIG welder. If you’d like to learn more about MIG welding, or you just want an instructor to take you by the hand and reveal all the step-by-step secrets to mastering the art of MIG welding, checkout 90 Minute MIG Mastery.

Happy Welding!

Garrett Strong

Additional Reading


MIG Welding: The Basics For Mild Steel


MIG Welding Shielding Gas Basics

How To Choose A Welding School

If you want to know how to choose a welding school without getting ripped off, then this could be the most important message you ever read.

There are 5 CRITICAL questions to ask before deciding on a welding school, so you come out making the most money possible in the fastest time possible.

Question 1: What type of welding school would you like to attend?

First you want to decide if you’ll get certified in pipe welding, plate welding, or combo welding. When you get a combo welding certificate this means you can successfully weld on plate and pipe.

These are 2 different beasts, especially when you’re talking about welding pipe at a 45 degree angle (also known as 6G welding). It’s important to note that being 6G certified means you can weld in all of the welding positions including:

• Uphill welding
• Downhill welding
• Horizontal welding
• Overhead welding
• And flat position welding

==> Find a local welding school near you

Make sure your welding school will give you training on all of the major welding processes including TIG (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding), MIG (Gas Metal Arc Welding), FCAW (Flux Core Arc Welding), and Stick (Shielded Metal Arc Welding).

You are likely to start welding school by learning the oxy-acetylene setup. Gas welding is the basis of all other welding processes, and teaches you to manipulate the molten weld puddle.

Question 2: How long will it take before you complete the program?

Welding schools go anywhere from 9 months to 24 months (this depends on whether or not you go for the associates degree). They can even take as little as 16 weeks to complete, as detailed by Vicki Bell of thefabricator.com…

“With many current welders reaching retirement age, the law of supply and demand is taking over, driving up wages and filling up training programs. The graduates of the WorkNet Pinellas program start at $60,000 after a 16-week training course. With overtime and a little seasoning, they can be making well over $100,000 in short order,” Axelrod said.”

-Vicki Bell
Contributor, thefabricator.com

Question 3: What types of classes should the welding school offer?

Aside from learning the welding processes, and applying these skills in your structural welding classes, you should look for welding schools that also offers classes on metal cutting (oxy fuel and plasma), Metallurgy, pipe fitting, blueprint reading (this one is a must because you’ll need to learn welding symbols), and welding inspection.

Question 4: Will you be fighting with students over the use of the welding schools machines?

This is a big one. Make sure you ask if there is sufficient welding equipment and welding booths to accommodate everyone. The last thing you want to do is be waiting around to use a welder.

Some welding schools will pack their classes too full, and they will try to cram 2 or 3 students into one booth. Asking this simple question when you talk to a school counselor or representative will save you many headaches.
Question 5: Which welding certificate should you attain?

Not all welding certificates are created equal. If you want to make 6 figures welding you have to know which certificate employers will value the most. Make sure you ask your school about getting 6G certified.

This is a really simple secret, but a lot of welding students get this wrong. Knowing this nugget of truth will allow you to run circles around your peers, and make way more money than they do.

Here’s the secret…

When looking into welding schools and certification, you want to make sure you get certified in the one area that is proven to pay six figures – pipe welding
This is the secret to moving ahead fast in your welding career and making the most money. Walking away with a plate certification might land you in a shop making $14/hour. You won’t make good money this way. Stick with the 6G cert.

Yes, it takes longer to acquire this because your skill level needs to be there, but you can walk out of a welding school with that 6G cert in your hand in just 12 to 18 months. Compare that to your “genius” liberal arts major spending 4 years at university, only to graduate and work at Starbucks for $14/hr.

The 6G certificate is the most sought after certification by employers. It also happens to pay really good money. Being certified in 6G means you have successfully proven you can weld in all the other welding positions.

A Few More Critical Things to Keep In Mind When Choosing A Welding School

Step 1: When you start your school search, a good place to start is to find companies in your area and ask them which schools they like to hire employees from. This may give you a good idea of which school to attend.

With the shortage of welders, many of these companies will start you out at $50K+ and offer you overtime. The demand is so great for good welders (especially pipe and TIG) that you might not have to fight too hard to get on.

Like I said before, I recommend that you go for your 6G welding certificate in school. It basically tells employers you can weld in any and all positions. This is the most sought after certificate by employers.

Step 2: Next identify some trade schools in your area. Once you’ve found some, you’ll want to request some information. You’ll want to know these general questions.

  • How long does welding school take
  • Where are your welding school locations
  • Do you have a welding school near me
  • What are your welding school prices
  • What are your welding school requirements

Use this easy welding school locator to find a school near you:

==> Find a local welding school near you

Setup a meeting to talk with an admissions counselor over the phone. Be sure and ask about financial aid, and what you qualify for. Ask about the welding processes they teach, and the welding certificates they offer. All you’re doing at this point is getting information.

Step 3: Take a quick tour of the welding shop. You’ll want to see how much equipment they have, and how many students are attending. Don’t be afraid to talk to the students. Ask them if they like the school, what they don’t like, and if they already have job prospects lined up.

How Much Can New Welding School Graduates Expect To Make?

In a recent article from The Wall Street Journal, titled “The $140,000-a-Year Welding Job”, they detailed how a 24 year old from Houston, TX named Justin Friend skipped the 4 year university, and is now making more money than he ever imagined.

Styleweekly.com reported on this article, and the incredible opportunity awaiting those smart people who go into the welding trade.

Young Welder Makes $140,000 a Year

“How important is having a four-year college degree, really?
That’s a great question if one looks at yesterday’s The Wall Street Journal, which features a story from Houston about how Justin Friend decided not to go to college and became trained as a welder instead. The kicker: He’s only 24 and makes about $140,000 a year.

As college debt soars and white-collar job prospects dim for young Houstonians, maybe considering occupational training and a blue collar job may not be such a bad idea.

It is what the administration of Gov. Terry McAuliffe is emphasizing as he pushes strategies to wean Virginia’s economy off of its dependence on defense and information technology jobs. There will be jobs in IT-intensive places like Capital One, a huge local employer, but the newer opportunities are actually in advanced manufacturing.

One is Rolls Royce, which has a modern factory in Prince George County that makes high-performance jet-engine blades. The British company needs highly skilled blue collar employees and is working with J. Sargeant Reynolds and John Tyler community colleges to train them.

Another big employer of high-tech manufacturing workers will be Shandong Tanlin, a Chinese paper mill firm that plans a $2 billion factory on the James River just east of Richmond in Chesterfield County. This largest single Chinese investment in the entire country will employ 2,000 people. The plant is so advanced it won’t use wood for pulp but will recycle waste such as corn husks and stalks.

McAuliffe plans to make jobs training a big part of his agenda for the 2015 General Assembly that convenes Jan. 14. Last summer, he issued an executive order calling for 50,000 credentialed jobs in science and technology by 2018. “In order to remain globally competitive,” he says, “it is critical that Virginia’s workers have the tools they need to succeed in a 21st-century economy.”
A lot of them won’t require a four-year degree. And some may pay close to what the 24-year-old Texan makes. It’s enough for him to buy a $53,000 Ford F-250 and invest in mutual funds, according to the Journal.”

Here’s what some experts are saying about this current jaw-dropping opportunity in the welding industry

“With many current welders reaching retirement age, the law of supply and demand is taking over, driving up wages and filling up training programs. The graduates of the WorkNet Pinellas program start at $60,000 after a 16-week training course. With overtime and a little seasoning, they can be making well over $100,000 in short order,” Axelrod said.”

-Vicki Bell
Contributor, thefabricator.com

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“During my career as an industrial welder, I have learned that pipe positions are the highest wages. A welders’ income depends on his or her-self, if you want to make $150,000 yearly it’s there. I prefer to work eight months out of the year and kick back for the rest. I brought in over 70,000 last year. To become a successful welder learn everything there is to learn in this field. There is a high demand for T.I.G welders these days if I think this process is the best craft to learn. I don’t take jobs paying under 25.00 hourly plus P.D. There is no welding process I can’t perform while meeting quality standards.”

-Brad Houltzhouser
Guest Post, Indeed.com

“I weld for a living, and have for 33 years. The last job I had as a pipe welder foreman paid $35 an hour. A rig welder that welds downhill can easily get $42 an hour with his rig.”

-Noel Clark
Guest Post, Indeed.com

“Gotta get your foot in the door somehow though. I’ve worked for less than $25 an hour, but really, anything less makes me feel like it ain’t worth it. Oh, and if you can learn to TIG a root bead and hot pass in a tube, and run a 7018 filler and cap worth a crap, then there are a LOT of jobs out there that pay from 30 to 50 dollars an hour.”

-Seth from Shreveport, LA
Guest Post, Indeed.com

These WeldingWeb.com Members Share Their Salary Experiences

According to these weldingweb.com members (a forum for beginner and veteran welders), making 6 figures welding is quickly doable once you get a bit of experience under your belt.

“There are quite a few opportunities to gross $100k per year welding in Alberta and Saskatchewan. You will need your IP Journeyman. A “B” pressure ticket would be a good idea, you’re not likely to weld pipe without it. I will do better than that this year and I go home every night and most weekends. Structural welding and fabrication, rarely pipe. I haven’t welded in BC so I don’t know what the opportunities are like there.”

-Dr. Strangepork
WeldingWeb Apprentice

“I work for a hydro generating station. I have various pressure tickets on different alloys that I must maintain every year. I make roughly $120,000 a year +/- depending on maintenance schedules and how much time I take off. I work 8 days on then I’m off for 6 days, so when I take a shift off, I have over 3 weeks off in a row and the same works for OT. If I stay in for a shift I work 24 days in a row, and all the time I spend here on my “off shift” is double time. I took 4 shifts off last year. So basically I worked less than half a year and made $120,000“

-Pressure Welder
WeldingWeb Foreman

While making $100,000/year or more is definitely possible, this isn’t for the get rich quick opportunity seekers.

Let’s get something on the table. If you’re someone who wants to make easy money without doing work then forget about this. This just isn’t for you and you might as well stop reading now. Nothing in life that’s worth it comes easy.

It does require you to commit some time learning your trade. If you don’t mind using a bit of elbow grease to get paid what you deserve, and you consider yourself someone who can commit to a new career, then this is just for you.
If you’re someone who only dreams of success but won’t get off your butt to achieve it then seriously, just stop reading this. The rest of this report is for those of you who are ready to:

• Take action
• Find a good welding school
• Graduate in 9-15 months
• Walk away with certs designed to pay you good, consistent money for years to come.

How To Go From Welding School To 6 Figures In Under 24 Months

Like landing most jobs that pay a lot of money, it pays to know people.
Landing that 6 figure welding job will be a lot easier once you get your foot in the door, and build trust with your supervisors. These guys want someone they can rely on. Building trust among your employer, and becoming a reliable figure that they would happily refer to others is how you accomplish this.

You might see some postings for welding jobs that pay $100K, but many of those employers won’t give you a chance until you have at least 24 months of solid career experience. Your game plan for your first 24 months should be to just shut up and do your job.

Your supervisors don’t want any lip service from you. They just want results. The first 2 years of your career are the most important for building relationships. Remember this though. It’s not about being the greatest welder in the world. That will only get you so far. Whether that’s fair or not doesn’t matter.

The truth is that relationships will carry you a lot further. So, here are the steps to follow to reach your goal of $100K as fast as possible:

• Step 1: Take action, don’t make excuses
• Step 2: Find a good welding school
• Step 3: Get your 6G certification
• Step 4: Get your foot in the door with a good company
• Step 5: Shut up and do your job
• Step 6: Focus on getting in good with decision makers and supervisors

Use this easy welding school locator to find a local welding school near you.

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Garrett Strong

P.S. I hope you found this report to be a valuable insight into your future welding career.

A Quick Word About Other 6 Figure Trades

Welding is not the only trade where you can quickly work your way to 6 figures. Not by a long shot. With many of these trades, positions are going unfilled due to a lack of qualified employees.

Decades of pushing students to attend a 4 year college, and neglecting the trades that make our world go round, has forced many high school guidance counselors to change their focus. The result of this “neglect for trade schools” is high demand for these trades with high pay to go along with it.

Here are some trade careers earning anywhere from $75 to $150 per hour:

• CDL truck drivers
• Electricians
• HVAC technicians
• Plumbers
• Construction supervisors
• And many more

In an article from Darwinsmoney.com titled “My Electrician Makes More Than A Doctor”, they reveal some shocking details…

My Electrician Makes More Than A Doctor

“Of our individual electricians in the area, 3 of them got high marks, so we had all 3 out to give us quotes on the various jobs we were interested in. Interestingly, as though they were all reading each others minds, they all quoted at roughly the same (seemingly expensive!) prices. When I backed out my assumed costs of lighting, wiring and other materials, I pegged their hourly rates at about $150/hour. That’s a damn good rate! With most doctors making $150,000-$250,000/year (not to mention they tend to work a heck of a lot more than 40 hours a week and start off with 6 figures in med school debt), I’ve come to the conclusion that electricians make more than doctors.
Anyway, in all, he spread the work across 2 days, probably spent $500 on lights, fans and materials and the rest is pure profit to him since his insurance, his van, etc. are all fixed costs spread across the entire year. The only potential flaw in my assessment is that there’s no guarantee that he works 40 hours per week at these rates, but it took him a while to get out to us and he had to leave our house at 5 to get to another job, which tells me he’s not hurting for work.
I can’t complain too much. The work he did was top notch, he was very personable, and frankly, I’d mangle half the jobs he did which would be ugly to look at or more expensive to fix. But for the anti-degree crowd, add this one to the list of jobs where you can do quite well without the burden of massive college debt and no job to show for it. Coincidentally, as I was about to hit publish on this article, 60 Minutes just aired a segment on the famous entrepreneur Peter Thiel who was paying kids not to go to college. I still think for a good portion of Americans, college is the right choice, but for these local electricians, the certification and trade schooling seems to have suited them quite well for the investment!”

If you’re interested in attending a welding school, that’s great, but if you’re interested in learning a different trade then right now is the best time in recent history to get started. There is a lot of money to be made in any of the trades right now.

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I hope you found this post helpful!

Garrett Strong,

owner, weldguru.com

Welding Stainless Steel: A Quick Guide

Steel users everywhere are being benefited by the development of non-rusting stainless steel and this material has varying degrees of corrosion resistance, workability and tremendous strength. But there are some downfalls to the improved material, for instance, welding has become much more complicated in comparison to traditional carbon steel. You must now exercise more care with heating and cooling process and be sure to properly match filler materials with the material being welded…

Types of Stainless Steel:

There are five types of stainless steel, which are categorised based on their microstructure (microstructure in a key influencing factor in how strong the steel is going to be). Three out of the five steel types are most commonly found in fabrication shops:

  • Austenitic stainless steel – the most commonly used material
  • Martensitic stainless steel – used for hard facing and other high-wear applications
  • Ferritic stainless steel – most commonly used for consumer products as it’s cheap to make

Each kind has it’s own benefits and difficulties when it comes to welding. The technique used to weld stainless steel is not all that different from that required to weld standard carbon steel, with two exceptions. Firstly, you must exercise more care and control with regard to heating and cooling stainless steel, and secondly, it’s more important to properly match filler metals with the material being welded.

Preparing to Weld:

As in any type of welding, it is very important to clean stainless steel before welding it. What you may not realise, however, is how important it is to only use the tools that you use on stainless steel, on stainless steel. Tools such as brushes should be kept separate for stainless steel projects because of how sensitive the material is to the presence of any carbon steel. The same is true of stainless hammers and clamps, because trace amounts of carbon steel can become embedded in stainless steel causing it to rust.

Similarly, grinding carbon steel in proximity to stainless steel can result in the same problems. Carbon steel dust that is suspended in the air can land on stainless steel and again lead to rusting. So it’s a good idea to keep carbon steel and stainless steel work areas totally separate.

The other important factor in preparing to weld stainless steel is making sure you have the proper filler material, which means you will need to be aware of exactly which type of base material you’re welding. There are, of course, situations where it is not as simple as this, like when you are doing on overlay, or joining dissimilar metals.

Austenitic Stainless Steel

Austenitic stainless steel are identified as the 300 series and are the most common type of stainless being used in fabrication shops. While these base materials do not require preheating, they do have a max.interpass temperature. Once the base metal reaches 350 degrees F, you’ll need to stop welding and let the material cool down.

Some of the 300 series stainless steels are referred to as fully austenitic. By using a low-heat-input process and by making welds that are convex you be be able to to prevent cracking. If you make a flat or concave weld on these materials, it will be more susceptible to cracking.

Ferritic Stainless Steel

Ferritic stainless steel is used largely in automotive applications. Ferritic stainless usually comes in thicknesses of ¼ inch or less, so most welding is done in a single pass, which is good because welding ferritic stainless steel have a maximum interpass temperature of 300 degrees F.  and is most successful with low heat input.

At high heats ferritic stainless steel begins to experience grain growth and can quickly lose its strength. Aside from this, match the filler material grade to the base metal grade and your welds should turn out just fine.

Martensitic Stainless Steel

The martensitic types of stainless steel are used less for joining and more as overlays and for building up wear-resistant material and generally they have a minimum interpass temperature.

When welding martensitic stainless steel  you’re likely to end up with cracks if you fail to hit an accurate preheat temperature and maintain the minimum interpass temperature the entire time you’re welding.

As with other stainless varieties, if you’re joining martensitic base metals you’ll probably have to use a filler metal with the same number.

Checking the Temperature

When you are welding stainless steel, it’s very important to monitor the temp for both the weld metal and the base metal. If you fail to stay within the specified temperature ranges, you’ll most likely experience some performance problems.

When you’re welding there are three ways you can check the steel’s temperature :

Electronic infrared thermometers

Temperature-indicating sticks

Electronic surface temperature probes


 All in all, stainless steel in a nice material to work with.  So long as you exercise care with your heating and cooling processes and be sure to properly match filler materials with the material being welded, you should get on just fine.

Written by: Bethany Pembrook

Source : Airmatic – Specialists in stainless steel ducting and ventilation duct fabrication.