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Frank Wilson Senior Editor Whether you’re just starting as a hobbyist or are interested in learning how to weld or solder for a living, you may wonder what the differences are between them. While both are used for joining metal parts, there are several important distinctions. Welding involves melting both metals to join them, while soldering requires melting a connecting metal called a filler. However, that’s not the extent of the differences between these two…

Frank Wilson Senior Editor Whether you’re interested in fabricating a welding table yourself from scratch or buying one factory-made, a dedicated welding table is handy. However, one of the most do-it-yourself projects that a welder can embark on is to build their own welding table. There are numerous welding table designs, both on the market and freely available, to draw inspiration from. You should first consider your requirements when building a welding table. The design…

Frank Wilson Senior Editor Blueprints and production drawings are an essential part of any production process, whether milling, turning, or welding. Traditionally, this has been the work of a draftsman using specialized tools and a drawing board or drafting machine. These days, most drawings or blueprints are produced using CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) software. A professional or prospective welder must understand the symbols and terms used in production drawings to efficiently perform their job. What…

Frank Wilson Senior Editor Welding is an in-demand occupation and one of the highest paying manual labor jobs in the U.S., depending on the area of specialization. Welders are a vital part of the workforce across numerous industries, from aerospace engineering to defense maintenance to automotive manufacturing. Although you do not need a formal college education, you do need to complete substantial training courses and obtain certifications if you want to pursue welding as a…

Frank Wilson Senior Editor Stick welding, also known as Shielded Arc Metal Welding (SMAW), is a popular process because it is easy to learn and produces durable welds. There is no need for a continuous gas supply, as in MIG and TIG welding, and wind conditions do not affect the weld quality. Whether you are a welding hobbyist or a professional welder, learning how to stick weld allows you to work with various metals for…

Frank Wilson Senior Editor Welding, like any specialty, has its own unique terminology. The top welding terms include those related to welding processes, welding materials, and industry jargon. To better understand welding, it’s worth discussing some of the standard definitions in this field, so here’s a glossary of common welding terminology. Basic Welding Terms These are general terms that apply to equipment, metallurgical states or processes, and types of welding. Alloy An alloy is either…

Frank Wilson Senior Editor Welding is a widely used fabrication process, allowing manufacturers to join pieces of metal and other materials using heat. However, while welding is critical to the production of everything from jet aircraft to handrails, it’s not only for professionals. If you’re interested in learning welding as a hobby or as a skill to broaden your career prospects, the best way to improve is through practice. This is the same with any…

Frank Wilson Senior Editor Welding can be a dangerous occupation if practitioners do not follow stringent safety rules. While the welder can suffer an injury during work, there is also a danger to others in the vicinity. Many hazards can present while welding, including exposure to fumes and gases, electric shock, fire risks, noise hazards, exposure to radiation, and the risk of explosions. However, it is possible to minimize the risk of exposure to these…

Frank Wilson Senior Editor There’s no question that underwater welding is among the highest-paid welding occupations. It is a dangerous job requiring many years of experience and multiple certifications in several domains.Many employers pay upwards of six figures for a highly experienced underwater welder. But an underwater welder’s total annual salary depends significantly on the location, level of specialization, and job hazards, among other variables. So, how much does an underwater welder make in reality?If…

Frank Wilson Senior Editor From the amateur and hobbyist to the industry professional, welding and metalworking skills will always be in demand. Essential welding skills, such as stick welding, are relatively easy to learn yet very versatile. Knowing the basics of stick welding can improve your skill set and open you to a range of opportunities.If you’re interested in stick welding, following these recommended tips and tricks by industry professionals can improve your work and…

Tungsten inert gas welding, better known as TIG welding, is a process that uses tungsten gas to create welds on a piece of metal. It’s suitable for both aluminum and steel welding and can work on other types of metal too. With TIG welding, you can create joins that last for years.Whether you’re looking at welding programs or just finished a program, you may need some information on how to use these welders and the…

Have you always wished that you could learn how to weld and become a professional welder? Stick welding is just one of the methods that you might use. It’s also an area that you can make your specialty and become the go-to choice for clients in your area.An easy way to learn about stick welding is through an apprenticeship program that pairs you with a local welder, but you can also use the web to…

Welders work in different positions and on job sites in positions that require the fusing of two or more pieces of metal. They might work for companies that restore cars and boats or in jobs with furniture companies. If you’re thinking about heading back to school and becoming a welder, you need to decide what type of welding you want to do. MIG welding is one of the more popular types of welding and is…

The three most common welding processes are MIG, TIG, and Stick. Each has their own unique advantages and disadvantages, and while all being types of welding, are surprisingly different in how they function. The Basics: What are MIG, TIG, and Stick Welding? Let’s start with Stick or SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) welding, the easiest and simplest method. Stick welding uses a simple set up: you heat up an electrode along with your work surface,…

Welding is a technical profession with a lot of room for growth, and the best place to get that growth started is a good college. But what colleges are good, and what makes them that way? I put this article together to help answer that question, by giving a brief breakdown of a lot of excellent welding schools and their programs, and what might make them right for you. These are numbered but in no…