Welding Workshops

Weekend Workshops | Curriculum

Gary Humphreys teaching how to cut metal using a plasma cutter.

Gary Humphreys teaching how to cut metal using a plasma cutter.


About

Welding workshops are designed to develop students’ skills in metal fabrication, from heating and bending to cutting and welding. Building upon fundamental techniques, students will progress toward working with a broader range of metal and learn how to use different types of equipment to achieve their individual goals.

The welding shop is outfitted to support 6 people working in the shop at a time. Beginner through advanced students will be accommodated with safety gear, hand tools, electric tools, welding and cutting equipment, metal and fuel during workshops, studio rentals, and events.


Weekend Workshops


1-Day Beginner Welding | Adam Soranno

Dates available:
Saturday, August 24, 10 am–5 pm
Skill Level:
Beginners (No experience necessary)
Class Size: up to 8 people
Price: $80 (Includes materials & safety gear)

In this one-day intensive, workshop participant's will observe and practice several fundamental techniques used in metal fabrication. Time will be split between demonstration and assisted hands on practice. The instructor will demonstrate safe and proper use of a variety of equipment, then students will choose metal scrap material to create a sculpture of their own design. Techniques covered include heating, bending, and cutting using an oxy-actylene torch, cutting using plasma cutter, and MIG welding.

Students must wear close-toed shoes, have hair tied, hat or bandana (recommended), and long pants.

2-Day Beginner Welding | Adam Soranno

Dates available:
Saturday & Sunday, November 9 & 10, 10 am–5 pm
Skill Level:
Beginners (No experience necessary)
Class Size: up to 6 people
Price: $200 (Includes materials & safety gear)

In this two-day intensive, workshop participant's will observe and practice several fundamental techniques used in metal fabrication. Time will be split between demonstration, assisted practice, and time to try it on your own. The instructor will demonstrate safe and proper use of a variety of equipment, then students will choose metal scrap material to create a sculpture of their own design. Techniques covered include heating, bending, and cutting using an oxy-actylene torch, cutting using plasma cutter, and MIG welding.

Students must wear close-toed shoes, have hair tied, hat or bandana (recommended), and long pants.


Welding Curriculum

 

Welding and Metal Fabrication workshops allow students to pursue artistic and functional projects (i.e making a big sign, sculpture, or working on your car). Whether you use these skills on their own, or combine with blacksmithing techniques, students will be able to heat, cut, bend, and weld different metals. Instructors will demonstrate techniques while discussing the use of equipment and tools in a creative context.

The welding bay is outfitted to support 6 people working in the shop at any time. Beginner through advanced students will be accommodated with hand tools, cutting, heating, bending, finishing equipment, and gas, MIG, TIG, and Arc welders during workshops and studio rentals. Below is SAWs welding curriculum and schedule.

Beginner Level I: Little to no experience

Beginners will learn safety, tool and equipment use, time management, and shop etiquette. Instructors will demonstration fundamental techniques using an Oxyacetylene torch to show cutting, bending and heating. Students will practice these techniques and then move onto using a MIG welder and Plasma cutter for efficiency. Students will use these techniques to make something they take home. Using scrap materials, students will explore composition and how to make what they take home practical for the space it is in.

Beginner Level II: Beginner with level I experience or equivalent

Students who return will cover the basics focusing on steel only. Instructors will respond to their previous experience, introducing shop protocols including setting of tanks, draining lines, cleaning tips, and cleaning tools and equipment. Students will make something using our Oxyacetylene torch, MIG welder, and Plasma cutter and learn how to problem solve.

Intermediate Level III: Advanced beginner with level II experience or equivalent

Students will understand basic techniques and shop protocols, so they can learn how to identify and sort metals, adjust equipment settings, and incorporate Stick welding. Instructors will demonstrate the use of Oxyacetylene torch for Cutting, bending, heating with oxyacetylene torch, MIG welding, and Plasma cutter and then work with students to learn Stick Welding. Students will create something they can take home, incorporating several different types of metal.

Intermediate Level IV: Intermediate with level II experience or equivalent

Students are encouraged to share their goals for the class as there are many techniques which can be covered. Students should be confident with safety, basic techniques, and shop protocols. Instructors will discuss sourcing and choosing materials, project management, keeping track of and adjusting inventory, and trouble shooting equipment and tools such as swapping out parts, preventative maintenance, and basic repairs. Areas of focus may include using oxyacetylene torch for cutting, bending, heating, as well as, welding using Oxyacetylene gas, MIG, stick. More advanced techniques such as TIG welding, silver soldering, stainless steel welding, and braising must be requested in advance to prepare.