15 Jun Welding Skills
Welding skills are classed as an art, it takes a lot of experience to get the right technique down. It is important to know what welders do and how they take steps to minimize weld distortion.
Welders cut, shape and join pieces of metal for both industrial and architectural projects. Key factors a welder should have are a skilful hand, a discerning eye, excellent mathematical skills, the ability to understand engineering drawings and, of course, knowledge about different types of metals and how to effectively operate different welding equipment and methodologies. High-end metal fabrication projects can be ruined by low-end welding skills, which is why, here at Rowtec, we take great pride in our work with our experienced welders.
Three of the most common welding fabrication processes used for metal fabrication are MIG, TIG and Stick Welding. The process used in a given project is determined by metal thickness, finish, location and application.
- MIG welding is a great starting point for new welders and can be used with all types of metals and alloys. MIG welding is an arc welding process in which a continuous solid wire electrode is fed through the welding gun and into the weld pool, joining the two base materials together.
- TIG is a more versatile welding process and requires a high level of skill. TIG welding can be sued to weld aluminium, copper, titanium etc; and even two dissimilar metals. This process is ideally suited to handling tricky welds such as S-Shapes, curves, corners or where the weld is going to be visible and where accuracy and finish is important.
- As a manual welding process, Stick welding requires an even higher skill level. Stick welding, or shielded metal arc welding, has been around more than 100 years. Even though it’s an old welding process, it still plays an important role in manufacturing, with about 150 million to 200 million pounds of electrodes consumed in North America each year.