Namit, a computer science engineer, is learning to use a MIG welder.

Namit, a computer science engineer, is learning to use a MIG welder.

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

Mr.G: Welding 101 gives a person with minimal experience, a chance to use a MIG welder with a teacher watching and guiding.  This is the class I which I had back when I was learning to weld over 12 years ago.

Namit and I with our welding helmets.

Namit and I with our welding helmets.

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.  She still uses 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: My Welding class is 3 Hours.

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: $40 per hour, plus a $25 consumable materials cost.  For three hours the class cost $145

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 may want to find a mentor to advance our skills.

Question: What type of welding equipment do you have?

Mr.G: I have a Miller 140.  This is the best welding in its class.  It runs off 110v and is affordable for a beginner.