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.
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!
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 2 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 $40 per hour, plus a $20 consumable materials cost.
Question: Can I take the class with a friend? Or in a group? Is there a discount?
Mr.G: Yes. For 2 people the class is $25 Per Hour each. For 3 People the class is $20 PH each. For 4 people the class is $15 PH each.
Group classes from 5-10 people is just $10 per hour per person. So for a 2 hour class it would be $20.
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, stick welder and a MIG welder with gas shield. All of the machines are affordable examples for beginners.