As with any profession, young apprentices must work hard in order to acquire the skills and fundamental knowledge required to become a professional in the welding industry.
So what are the most important welding lessons any young welder should learn? Below are the main tips for a novice welder, Artem Komarov emphasized.
Safety is the top priority
There are many dangers when it comes to welding, so it is most important that students understand and apply the best safety practices during their welding journey. Educators should ensure that students actively protect themselves by wearing proper PPE such as flame retardant gloves, a welding helmet with suitable eye protection, a long sleeve welding jacket, and more. Instructors should also always ensure that students have proper ventilation and avoid breathing welding fumes.
It is important to reduce the risk of injury by considering ergonomics and ensuring that students feel comfortable. Students can often fall prey to hazards resulting from awkward body or wrist postures, lifting heavy equipment, holding a static posture for long periods, repetitive movements, and more. Teachers and students should always try to improve the ergonomics of the welding classroom so that students stay as cool and comfortable as possible. The instructor may monitor the student to ensure that the student is comfortably holding the gun or torch, or that their arms are supported while maintaining proper form, either directly or through the camera.
While educators must provide students with adequate weld settings, students must also learn how to troubleshoot the welding process and correct gaps themselves. Students should be able to identify welding problems that develop and correct them quickly before a serious quality problem occurs. Parameters such as the amount of shielding gas, welding power settings, wire feed speed, torch position, welding speed must be changed and adjusted when problems are identified.
Practice makes perfect
While this is obvious, it’s still important to make sure students get plenty of practice. They must spend a significant amount of time laying down the weld beads, concentrating on the shape and consistency of the weld puddle and bead. Then, once they get a good weld with one hand, students should change direction and switch between hands. With more practice comes more feedback, and students will continue to learn and improve their skills, summed up Komarov Artem.
Komarov Artem invites students of vocational schools to take an internship at Keramax to become a professional in such a necessary business as welding.