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I don't know what it is called in different places. Or, what different schools offer. At my school we have a program called Boces. You have different classes to choose from, if you want to go. I am taking a course called "Welding And Metal Fabrication." It is a two year course. So, I will take it this year and next year. School started Wednesday, I started out taking aviation but I don't think it is for me. Today I switched into welding, I start tomorrow.

HERE is the course overview.
 

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That is Awesome Ryan!!! We didn't have that in my school , I had to learn on the job.

You are going to love that class. And it is a great skill to learn.

Do they supply the welding helmet or do you have to buy one?
 

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A good welder should never go hungry. I think you have made an excellent choice. A good welding background should open many doors for you in the future and allow you the choice of many vocations. I ended up in industrial refrigeration and fire control systems. Finally plant engineer. Through all that I never put down the stinger and I still enjoy welding in retirement.
 

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Good for you Ryan
Like others have said there are so many jobs that welding is helpful in getting . Al
 

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Way to go Ryan.I'm sure you'll gain alot of usefull knowledge in that class.I tried to get into the welding class at my high school my sophmore and junior year, but didn't get into it. Class was full.Senior year i went to vo-tech for auto mechanics.That same school offers evening classes at a decent price.I'd like to enroll in that in the near future.
 

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Congrats Ryan! That's great news!...and I'm jealous! I had a few impromptu lessons from one of the welders at work and am basically self taught from there. There is a lot that I wish I knew (and there's still time to learn) but going to school while working full time and trying to raise a family is difficult at best. Take full advantage of the opportunity and squeeze every last drop out of it! I know that you'll do well and I hope that you enjoy the ride!
 

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Good for you Ryan! I wish I had taken welding when I was in school. That is a skill that will serve you well the rest of your life weather you make a living at it or not. I wish you well and hope you enjoy the next two years.
 

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I am taking a course called "Welding And Metal Fabrication." It is a two year course. So, I will take it this year and next year. School started Wednesday....

HERE is the course overview.
Excellent choice there!!! If they'd offered that when I was going to school I'd have jumped at it too! All I could sign up for in those days was "Spoke Shaving", "Wagon Tongue Alignment" and "Stall Sanitation and Re-Strawing".
I had the good luck to have the same shop teacher for 4 years and he was a top notch welder. What I learned there led me to my own small spare time welding/repair business. You can "make money from home" just like the ads in magazines say.
 

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Good for you !! You cant go wrong learning all you can.

There isn't many things (construction wise) that I can't do, but welding is one of them. One of these days I hope to learn that too. But for now, my buddy does all the welding I need done.
 

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Way to go Ryan. That is a skill you will use more than you know though out your life.
 

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That's great Ryan.My Dad used to teach welding classes years ago.
 

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I'm like Steve, self taught in both arc and mig. But I know someone who can weld what I can't. Have fun learning new things!
 

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Yeah, even in knowing how to weld, I have to wonder how many more things or how much better I could have done by taking a class. Learning to weld gives you confidence in that you'll be able to complete builds. Good deal!
 

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That is really cool, Ryan! Hope you are able to learn a lot of new things in the class!
 

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One thing I would caution you about welding. Be careful about chemical exposure. There are things you shouldn't burn and breath. I lost a friend to welding.
Yes,like Brake clean.Never use this product to de-grease before welding,because if the solvent in it burns,the smoke can kill you.
 
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Do not weld galvanized materials unless you have more than enough ventilation. Also welding in the presence of Freon will create Phosgene gas which is extremely toxic. For some reason this last one is seldom mentioned when discussing the hazards of welding .
 
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