Metal Work

This is the second post in our series of career advice posts and the information here comes from Tony in our metal work shop which we proudly opened just 18 months ago. Since then Tony has created a great amount of tutorials, course work and practical projects that have become very popular with our students. So let’s hand it over to Tony to discuss some of the details.

welderWe opened the metal workshop just about 18 months ago after we were getting increasing requests from students who enjoyed learning about different trades. I was pleasantly surprised how many of you were interested and immediately signed up for some courses.

Many students have been asking about how to start a career as a welder and what kind of options there are after high school. So I thought I might add this information to the website for all those interested.



1) Complete High School

This is very important as many technical colleges and apprenticeship programs will require some sort of GED. As well as doing well in your high school diploma you should sign up to as many of my classes as you can. This will provide a solid basis and when you apply for your first job you will have some very relevant experience that you can put on your resume.

2) Apply For Welding Course

Most technical colleges offer designated welding courses where at the end you will be a certified welder. Course length can vary from intensive 3 month courses to more experience based 6 to 12 month course. A lot of focus in the courses will be on health and safety as it is a high risk profession.

While welding classes and training generally covers a specific set curriculum, I would suggest researching some course at to make sure you choose the course with the latest technology and best chances for employment.

3) Apply For A Union Apprenticeship

This is very popular option that will see you through a welding training program while at the same time gaining experience in the real world through union jobs. Your training will be paid for by a combination of union and employer contributions. You will also receive a small salary for the work you perform.

The advantage is that you will have a direct road into a union work environment which has benefits of union contracts and better pay and benefits.

4) Join The Military

This is also a great option especially if you want to get into the highly specialized area of underwater welding. Commercial diving courses for welders can cost upwards of $20,000. Even though you will very quickly recoup that investment, you may not be in a position to have access to that sort of money.

If this is really something you would like to do then consider signing up to the Navy with the express intent of becoming a Navy diver welder. All your education will be provided by the Navy and once you finish your stint in the military you will be a very highly sort after certified professional.

If you want to find out more about welding, then please call into my office. I can provide you with industry contacts so that you can see with your own eyes what it is all about.

In order to get honey from a beehive you need to have the ability to draw out the honey from the honey comb. In order to do this you need to have a honey extractor. There are manufactured honey extractors offered on the marketplace, they usually set you back about $200 to $300, the average price of beginning a brand-new hive of honey . If there is a team of beekeepers in a location they will often merge their cash with each other to purchase a honey extractor that they share. If you are not in a big beekeeping setting and also do not intend to spend a couple of hundred bucks to make a honey extractor you may want to make your own one.

The products you will certainly need to make a honey extractor include; a steel rod that goes to least one meter long and is thickly threaded, two bicycle wheel rims, 2 items of wood, one meter of 2-3mm fence cord, a large steel drum, ten screws for the steel rod, four 400mm parts of 8mm threaded pole, a self centering bearing, six train screws, and one pillow block bearing. When selecting a huge steel drum for your homemade honey extractor make certain that it was never ever used to keep potentially harmful materials. The tools you will require for constructing your honey extractor consist of: an electric drill, a welding machine (and also preferably some welding experience), an outlet set, as well as a hack saw.

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The initial point your going to do is remove the end of the drum that does not have two pouring holes, the freshly opened end will be the top of your honey extractor. Utilize the train screws to attach one of the items of wood across the bottom of the drum. As soon as the timber remains in location use train screws to protect the cushion block. After inserting the threaded pole with the facility of the initial bicycle rim, securely screw the rim to the pole around 10 centimeters from completion of the rod. At the opposite end of the pole you will certainly intend to string a but also for the various other wheel, the second wheel will rest on this nut. When both of the wheel rims are in place you will want to drill openings in 4 spots around each wheel, when this activity is done you will use the 8mm poles to secure the wheel rims together. Place two nuts into the pole and ensure that 2 centimeters of pole protrude.

When this is complete you are going to create a slit that is10mm deep as well as 3mm wide into end of the rod. Hereafter string the lock nuts together at the end of the pole. After you are sure the nuts remain in place utilize the welding torch to permanently lock them into place. Attach the wire to the spokes of the bottom wheel rim, approximately 5-8cm from the rim. You have actually currently effectively made the basket of your honey extractor.

Take your newly crafted extractor basket and place it right into the drum, settling it on the cushion bearing. Now you're going to want to bolt a second item of wood to the sides of the drum as well as the self focusing bearing.

After piercing a screwdriver bit right into the chuck, put the chuck into the slit of the port in the top of the threaded pole.

Thorough instructions and also images about making a homemade honey extractor can be discovered at

Welding is utilized around the world in some way in almost every sector you could envision. It's used in commercial settings, outdoors atmospheres, underwater or even in deep space. Welding is implemented on almost every industry-- by handymen and also architectural engineers. And due to the fact that there are many uses for welding, there are also various kinds of welding, each suited to different tasks and also objectives. We're going to take a look at a few of the more popular type of welding.

Forge Welding
While not used as much as it was in the 19th century, there is still a place for this welding technique today, especially when producing top quality collectible knives and swords. This method of welding is just one of the oldest around and counts on a process of heating and also battering metal. Forge welding is the craft employed by blacksmiths of the old days, making swords, tools, horseshoes as well as several other everyday necessities.

Arc Welding
Arc welding relies on a welding power supply to create an electric arc in between a positively charged electrode and an opposite charged steel area. The electrical current will then "jump" with the resulting air void and will create an arc of massive heat-- with the ability of melting metal.

Arc welding is just one of the most widely utilized welding techniques around but it also has many different additional branches including:

- A/C (Rotating Current) Arc Welding
- DC (Straight Existing) Arc Welding
- Gas Steel Arc Welding (GMAW).
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW).
- Immersed Arc Welding (SAW),.
- And several other specialized methods.

Gas Welding
Unlike arc welding, which relies upon electricity, gas welding uses gas (generally a combustion of acetylene and oxygen) to create a welding fire that goes beyond temperatures of 3000 degrees Celsius.

Gas welding is just one of the earths oldest and also most versatile welding procedures, but has actually gone out of style in commercial applications over the recent years. Nevertheless, it is still prominent to use when welding pipes and also tubes, along with finishing some repair services.

Varieties of gas welding approaches consist of:

- Oxyfuel welding.
- Air Acetylene Welding.
- Oxygen Hydrogen Welding, and.
- Pressure Gas Welding.

Resistance Welding
Resistance welding uses the application of an electric current along with mechanical stress to develop a weld in between 2 items of metal.

This approach allows higher speeds, very easy automation as well as is suitable for high production rates. Nevertheless, the preliminary tools expenses as well as reduced tensile & fatigue staminas solidify out the payback.

Resistance welding is implemented greatly in the auto sector.

Power Beam Welding
As its name suggests, energy beam welding is a classification of welding which utilizes a beam of light of such high energy intensity that it results in melting and vaporizing metals. This process of welding utilizes electron or laser beams of light and is quite useful for precision welding, boring as well as cutting.

Strong State Welding
Our last category, solid state welding is extremely similar to shape welding in that it does not depend on the melting of steel to work. Among one of the most preferred methods of solid state welding is ultrasonic welding, a procedure very much like resistance welding, rather than relying on an electrical current, vibration is utilized to create the energy outcome. Ultrasonic welding makes use of electric connections from aluminum or copper, and it is likewise a very common polymer welding procedure.

Other preferred methods of strong state welding include:

- Explosion welding (depends on the use of extremely high stress and also is usually made use of to sign up with two different materials.).
- Co-extrusion welding.
- Cold welding.
- Diffusion welding.
- Rubbing welding.
- High frequency welding.
- Warm pressure welding.
- Induction welding, and also.
- Roll welding.

Between these many different welding methods (and many more we really did not identify) we have the ability to graft steels and other products together in such a way that high-rises, space capsule and also cars can form. But, we could also do something as detailed as make jewelry. We've been welding for centuries, and we'll do it for several centuries more.