Question: What does a person learn in your "Welding 101" class?

Mr.G: Welding 101 gives a person with minimal experience, a chance learn how to weld with a teacher watching and guiding.  You will start from scratch with a stick welder, then moving over to a MIG welder.  This is the class I which I had back when I was learning to weld over 13 years ago.

Question: Where did you, Mr.G, learn to weld?

Mr.G: I started by begging a local railing shop to teach me.  They agreed to give me 15 minutes in the morning.  So the next day I showed up at 5:30am and waited for the shop to open.  The guys showed up, and let me in.  I got some guidance and after 15 minutes, then they kicked me out.  I took that lesson and drove straight to Home Depot to rent a welder.  $60 got me a stick welder for 24 hours.  I welded a project for my Mom.  A steel pedestal for her sculpture.  Our family still has the pedestal to this day.  With the success of that project, next I bought myself my first welding machine...  A $100 Clarke stick welder.  

Mr.G TIG welding a custom designed a arm. The arm was attached to a Lotus 7 we built at the school.

Mr.G TIG welding a custom designed a arm. The arm was attached to a Lotus 7 we built at the school.

Question: After buying that first welder, did you seek any other training?

Mr.G: At first, I taught myself.  When I got the job as a shop teacher in 2005, I ordered a MIG welder for the shop and spent countless hours practicing.  After about 7 years of MIG welding I stepped up to a TIG welder by taking a local Adult Education class.  I did 144 hours at the Bergen County Technical schools.  Again, I put those lessons straight to work at the High School shop by ordering a TIG welder with a grant.  As you can see in the photo above I am TIG welding an automotive a-arm with critical measurements.  The best part for me is that the arm was designed by my students.  :)  I love collaborating with students!

Damian and Adrian are installing the welded A-Arm. Adrian designed the arm and I TIG welded it. Great collaboration.

Damian and Adrian are installing the welded A-Arm. Adrian designed the arm and I TIG welded it. Great collaboration.

Question: How much time does it take to learn to weld?

Mr.G: Depending on your learning curve between 3-6 hours to get on your feet.  I recommend doing the class in 3 hour sets.

Question: How do I set up a time to take your class?

Mr.G: Email or call me.    Ron.Grosinger@gmail.com or call me at 917-379-8400  Tell me your schedule and expectations of the class and we can make an appointment.

Question:  How much does the class cost?

Mr.G: 1 on 1 teaching is $50 per hour. $150 for a 3 hour class

Question: Can I take the class with a friend?  Or in a group?  Is there a discount?

Mr.G: Yes.  I can do a 2 for 1. For 2 people the class the same price $150 but for 2 people. Each additional person would be $75 up to 4 people max.

Question: Are there any discounts??!!

Mr.G: Yes, I will give 50% off to any college student and any Tesla employee.

Question: Is your class a certified welding program?

Mr.G: No, my Welding 101 class is not certified.  I offer my Welding 101 class to give a person a chance to learn welding with a Shop Teacher.  It is meant as a beginner class.  After the class, I encourage you to buy your own welder and/or sign up for a Adult Education class.  As I mentioned above, Bergen County Technical school has a great program and once you get the basics down, you will gain mentors to advance your skills.

Question: What type of welding equipment do you have?

Mr.G: I have a spot welder, 2 different stick welders and a MIG welder with gas shield.  All of the machines are affordable examples for beginners.

Question: Where is the class located?

Mr.G: Currently I am Mobile. I can travel to you if you have a space to work. If not, I can arrange to meet in a shared work space. One hour driving west of the Fort lee, NJ (George Washington Bridge) is included in the price. Each hour past that is $50.