5 Factors To Consider When You Begin Welding

5 Factors To Consider When You Begin Welding

When you go into welding as a career, there are a couple of factors to consider as you begin your welding journey. It starts with knowing how to keep yourself safe and continues with harnessing your skills.
From understanding the welding process to developing proper user interface knowledge, becoming a professional welder requires practice and time. Read on to explore various considerations to keep in mind as you begin your welding profession.

Safety Is a Priority
A significant factor to consider when starting your welding career is that safety isn’t optional. You must pick the right gear that will keep you safe.
Your safety supplies include safety glasses, a fire-resistant jacket, and an approved helmet. Additionally, the fit should be a factor when selecting new welding gloves. Lastly, have adequate ventilation and avoid welding near flammable materials when sparks fly.

Metal Materials
Because of the varying welding processes, each carries its own traits. When you work with a large variety of materials, some welding processes work better than others, depending on the metal type.
Materials such as steel, aluminum, and stainless steel have different traits in welding. New welders must learn about which practices work best for different metals.

The Welding Process
There are three types of welding: stick welding, wire welding, and TIG welding. Stick welding, also known as Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), is a welding process that uses stick electrodes and heats metals.
Wire welding has two types: MIG (Metal Inert Gas) and flux-core. While MIG relies on a constant stream of shielding gas, flux-core welding uses wire specifically designed for use with or without shielding gas, often designated for outdoor work. Lastly, TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) works best for architectural or automotive work, creating a seamless look with thin metal and sheet metal.

Input Voltage
There are two choices for input voltage: 110v and 230v. Lower inputs work for thinner metals, while higher input voltages allow penetration through thicker materials. Beginner welders tend to benefit from a dual voltage machine that they can adjust to over time, helping build their confidence.

User Interface & Consumables
When interacting with a user interface, focus on using one that’s intuitive and easy to use. Dialing in can be tricky for novice welders, so find a machine that allows for logical progression in selecting your preferred process, thickness, and material type you use to weld.
Consumables refer to the wire, electrode, and filler materials used for welding. Over time, you’ll have an easier time recognizing the nuances among consumables and finding brands that work best for you. Matching your consumables with the welding process will allow for easier welding.
Welding can be an intimidating field to get into. You’ll become an expert with patience and observation before you know it.

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