How to learn to weld by yourself. Part 1

Although getting a good welding course or two under your belt as you start your welding hobby or career is the best idea, that may not be practical for many people. But don’t completely discount it before you give up on it. Local high schools and colleges often offer welding courses at night. Even many local county agent’s offices or young farmer’s organizations can offer short seminars or classes. (If they don’t offer them, then ask them to!) And even sometimes you may be able to get private tutelage from the local ag or shop teacher in the high school.

But if it is indeed not practical for you to do so, you can teach yourself the basics of welding, and actually become proficient. It may not be the fastest or least frustrating path to learning to weld, but it can be done if you have the least bit of concentration and desire to do so. This month, we will take a brief look at how you can begin to teach yourself welding. Each blog will deal with different aspects of teaching yourself to weld and how to check up on your skills and evaluate them so you will know your progress. There are multiple complex components to learning to weld by yourself and though everyone learns differently and at a different rate, there are common helpful things to know that all learners can benefit from when first teaching themselves to weld.