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    Has anyone on here done a welding course - specifically one like is offered by lots of colleges in the evening?

    Just been looking at what is available in my local area, and always fancied having welding as a skill under my belt.

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    I have a 5 year apprentership in fabrication and welding matey. Colleges are pretty good mate night classes cover everything it just takes longer all depends on how much effort you put in like its dead easy what you wanting to learn? Stick, mig, tig?

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    The one i am looking at is a 5 evening cse which covers the basics of Mig Welding:

    Course Details:

    The course introduces welding machine familiarisation in MIG and maintenance procedures.
    By the end of the course you will be able to:

    • Work safely with the process they have chosen
    • Identify and assemble the equipment necessary to work with their chosen process
    • Carry out welding to a higher standard than their existing skill level (I have none!)
    • Identify process technique deficiencies
    • Identify welding defects


    I can get a grant to cover 80% of the cost, so thought what the hell, cant be bad for £32!

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    Go for it i did one 20 odd years ago for the same reasons as you,and its come in very handy over the years.

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    I learnt a collage 30 years ago doing my apprenticeship at vauxhall used to always get work in small independents as a weekend welder (all them fords from the mid 80s rotting away)

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    I intended going on a welding course, when I had the classic cars, also water based paint spraying, when that was relatively new. It was jinxed though, fuel crisis hit on way back from Stoke on Trent, and I'd gone in a 4 star petrol only 18mpg Vauxhall Royalke coupe with 1/4 tank fuel, intending to fill up on the way home - only garages either had mile long queues or no fuel. Just about made it home, then heard the courses were cancelled, never got around to it again.

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    I did an evening welding course but this was when I was about 21 in 1996 so I doubt its relevant to now. I went self employed and got more work than I could handle on the old cars, escorts etc.

    I do remember a few older guys on the course in there 30's but they kinda kept themselves to themselves. Its wierd because at the time we tookt he "wee" out of the older guys who seemed much older.

    I'm now 36 and realise they weren't actually old lol.
    Last edited by markone; 6th October 2011 at 23:29.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aidi View Post
    The one i am looking at is a 5 evening cse which covers the basics of Mig Welding:

    Course Details:

    The course introduces welding machine familiarisation in MIG and maintenance procedures.
    By the end of the course you will be able to:

    • Work safely with the process they have chosen
    • Identify and assemble the equipment necessary to work with their chosen process
    • Carry out welding to a higher standard than their existing skill level (I have none!)
    • Identify process technique deficiencies
    • Identify welding defects

    I can get a grant to cover 80% of the cost, so thought what the hell, cant be bad for £32!

    could i ask where abouts did you find out about grants and is it worth trying for one as we are on working tax credits.
    for £32 wouldnt mind doing a few night courses will get me out the house instead of watching the soaps with her indoors

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aidi View Post
    The one i am looking at is a 5 evening cse which covers the basics of Mig Welding:

    Course Details:

    The course introduces welding machine familiarisation in MIG and maintenance procedures.
    By the end of the course you will be able to:

    • Work safely with the process they have chosen
    • Identify and assemble the equipment necessary to work with their chosen process
    • Carry out welding to a higher standard than their existing skill level (I have none!)
    • Identify process technique deficiencies
    • Identify welding defects


    I can get a grant to cover 80% of the cost, so thought what the hell, cant be bad for £32!
    That sound like an NVQ, or what my boss used to call

    N- not
    V-very
    Q-qualified.

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    I dont particularly care for any formal qualification, but being taught by a someone who knows what they are doing, on their equipment has to be better than forking out loads on a welder, and then going at it trial and error...

    I am a serving solider, so get whats called Enhanced Learning Credits. Course costs are offset by 80% on completion of the course.

    Not sure if there is any equivilent in the big bad cilivian world. Never taken advantage of them before, but i am coming to the end of my career, so want to get my moneys worth and a few out of the ordinalry skills under my belt.

    I think painting and decorating might be another contender !!! If i cant fix it with a welder, then at least being able to paint over the top wont make it look so bad!!

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