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how long does it take me to perfectly learn welding?

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Brandon’s Answer

Welding typically would take a person around 7 months to 2 years after getting a high school diploma or GED. Depending on the type of route you wish to go on it can change. For the route to learn how to weld after high school or receiving the GED, one must be accepted into a certification program and learn the material and get hands on training. Another route is receiving a bachelor's degree in the field which requires 4 years and being able to get into the university that offers the degree. If you choose to take the bachelor's route, then you have the chance to get certified in more well known welding certificate programs.
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Chris’s Answer

Hi Brian,

As a weekend welder myself, its a consistently learning craft. Your always learning new techniques, machine settings, flow rates, filler materials and ways to make it comfortable.

I consider it a perishable skill, which needs constant practice. I myself learned at a trade school, on a stick welder doing lap joints, inside corners and welding random bits of metal together with mild steel. Then I moved to buy my own machine and started to hone the skill by doing small projects. There are a great deal of small projects you can do with minimal expense on really any machine. You can get cheap coupons of metal online or at any scrap yard, I know there are many here in Texas. I then moved to a Inverter welder and starting learning aluminum, totally different that steel, but my knowledge of stick welding helped be greatly!

I don't personally recommend learning MIG to start, where if you learn Stick or TIG, thoes skills can translate to all 3, where MIG does not.

Then its all about practice, no special welder, special setting will make up for time behind the helmet welding. Forget fine tuning settings to start with, use a the recommendations on the manual or a quick google, but dont change them again. Lay down some beads, get used and comfortable with the torch, and go from there. Over time you will learn all the special settings to use, etc, but don't worry about that now if your just starting out.

Hope that inspires you to practice, practice, practice to become a "perfect/master" welder.
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Noel’s Answer

Please allow me to add this to conversation. Welding like any other craft, depends on the individual Just like when KD picks up a basketball and the next person picks it, in the hands of KD its worth millions, in someone else's hand its just $5 worth of rubber.

Welding can range from moderately hard to painfully difficulty. You could actually learn welding by picking up a few books and watching YouTube videos but that will not make you an expert or pro.

You still need to get certifications so picking up an apprenticeship program is important because you will still require hands on experience.

Assuming you are still in high school, after graduating, please consider a certification program to get you job market ready or some apprenticeship programs.
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