Join us at SGSCC for this fun and hands-on welding class, where you will learn stick and mig (gas and gasless) electric welding in steel. Learn how to weld and get started with your own welding projects! Mainly catering for beginners learning from scratch, those that haven’t welded for a long time are also welcome. If you want to buy a machine and set it up at home safely, we will discuss this and what machine to purchase for your particular need.

We learn on a variety of welding machines with different amperages and the different adjustment knobs that are available at present. You are encouraged to practice on all these machines over the 8 weeks, so that at the end of the course you will be able to adjust most machines available at present. We don’t weld stainless steel or aluminium but will discuss the differences in welding techniques and different machines needed to do so.

All levels of experience welcome, with a focus on beginners learning from scratch. Women encouraged. $30 charge payable to tutor on first class.

Class Outline

Week 1 Safety discussion, starting stick welding
Week 2 Stick welding – flat weld
Week 3 Stick welding – fillet welds
Week 4 Mig welding- starting, flat panels gas and gasless
Week 5 Mig welding fillet welds gas and gasless
Week 6 Stick and mig gas and gaslesswelding practice at both welding different thicknesses
Week 7 Stick and mig gas and gasless welding practice at both start class project
Week 8 Stick and mig gas and gasless welding practice at both finish class project

Students note, if you have a project of your own, tell tutor and bring it after week 5

Class Outcomes:

To have the student learn to stick and mig weld safely, to recognise a sound weld and be able to adjust any machine to achieve a sound welding technique

Safety Clothing must be worn as follows:

  • Long sleeve cotton shirt and collar
  • Long cotton pants
  • Sturdy boots
  • Glasses and other safety equipment will be provided
  • Face mask is required in class

Please Note:

  • If a student arrives and is not wearing the above safe clothing they will not be able to participate in the class for the day.
  • Pregnant ladies and people with pacemakers or other medical devices are not advised to do welding.
  • We learn to weld steel, not stainless or aluminium, which are more difficult, requiring specialist heavy duty machines.
  • This course is a good starting point towards developing the ability to weld aluminium and stainless. Our machines are medium duty and will not continually weld above 10mm steel thickness, although you will be shown the methods to weld thicker steel in the course.
  • This is NOT a certified course.

Any class requirements will be discussed by tutor during first lesson. Enter via the right hand driveway and head down to the rear carpark behind the main buildings where you will find the standalone building for your class.

About the tutor:

'Since completing my Boilermaker apprenticeship in 1994 I have worked in a variety of roles that required many skills within the welding and fabrication trade. I have experience across the MIG, TIG and Stick welding processes. I have used my welding skills in a wide range of applications such as fabricating film and television sets, civil engineering projects, heavy vehicle and earthmoving equipment repairs and construction site work.

My aim is to guide you and share good welding techniques, tips and practices with a dedication and commitment to safety. I want to build your confidence so you can confidently adjust the controls of a welding machine, and enable you to branch out and undertake new projects with your newly discovered welding knowledge.' Michael

Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
  • All courses need a minimum number of students to run ("we try our hardest to get those") . If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled prior to the commencement and you will be informed.

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