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What Is Arc Welding?

Arc welding uses the power of an electric current to join two metals.1 The power supply for the electric current is transferred from a welding electrode (or a “metal stick”) to the base metal, creating an “arc” that melts the metals upon contact.1 This process requires intense heat, and after the metals have cooled, a […]

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What Are Welding Symbols? 

Welding symbols can aid professional welders and welding students alike. These cryptic-looking symbols are often found on engineering drawings, and they communicate information to welders about the project, including the sizes and types of welds to make.1 The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Welding Society (AWS) publish the complete set of symbols, […]

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Fusing the Future: Welders Needed to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

You likely know all about grades from your welding classes. But did you know America’s infrastructure gets them too?1 Roads and highways. Grade: D. Transit systems. Grade: D-. Dams. Grade: D. Aviation. Grade: D.1 Pretty bad, right? Overall, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the country’s infrastructure a D+.1 Who’s going to fix it? […]

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5 Tips to Help Women in Welding Find Career Success & Satisfaction

How can you find career success and satisfaction as a woman in welding? Consider these 5 tips: Learn the fundamentals of metal fusing in welding training.1 Find scholarships for women in trade school.2 Connect with other women in welding.3 Wear women’s safety gear.4 Earn welding certifications.1,5 Keep reading to see how these tips might help […]

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How to Strike an Arc in TIG Welding

Striking an arc means to establish a welding current across a gap between the welding electrode and the base metal.1 Welding training programs may offer instruction in how to strike the arc in different types of welding methods, including TIG welding. What is TIG welding? And what are the 3 ways to strike the arc […]

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Welding School Grad Guide: Where Could You Apply Your Skills in the Job Market?

Once you’ve completed your welding program, where could your newly learned skills take you in the job market? Though it’s pretty easy to imagine working in a metal shop, there could be a whole wide world of welding possibilities ahead of you, from fusing the metal joints for race cars and fine electronics to helping […]

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What Are the Different Welding Positions?

The American Welding Society identifies four primary welding positions:1 Flat position Horizontal position Vertical position Overhead position1 What is a welding position? Why are there different welding positions? And how do you know which position to use? Keep reading for answers. Why Are There Different Welding Positions? Those who’ve never taken welding classes or fused […]

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