10 MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR WELDING STUDENTS
by Major Welding ∙ Nov 18th, 2016
By now, with the success and advancement in the welding sector, many of you are probably familiar with the fact that welding as a career is as promising as a host of other options that are up for grabs.
We spoke about the perks of a welding career as an up-and-coming choice in our last blog, and that should be convincing enough for you to consider your alternatives.
But of course, a welding job won’t just come easy. One will have to undergo a 10-week intensive training course by Canadian Welding Skills to become a certified Canadian Welding Bureau welder.
A welding student will also have to purchase a set of essential tools to complete the training course. And it is important to note that these tools will go a long way in helping you move forward in your career. These tools are also vital in keeping you safe and injury-free while performing a welding operation.
A complete welding toolkit can be bought at the training program itself.
With that said, here are essential tools that a welding student would require in his/her bag to undergo the training program.
Safety glasses are necessary for the protection of welders’ eyes from flying sparks and debris. The glasses must have non-tinted clear lenses.
2.AUTO-DARKENING WELDING HELMET
Auto darkening welding helmets safeguard a welder from flying sparks and debris hitting the face and also protects their eyes from the blindingly fluorescent welding spark.
A Chipping hammer is used for removing welding slag and welding spatter from welds.
A wire brush is used for cleaning off debris before, after and between each pass to avoid contamination of the weld.
5.GAUNTLET CUFF GLOVES (MIG WELDING)
A pair of gauntlet gloves for MIG welding has free wrist movement and firm finger pockets.
6.TIG WELDING GLOVES
TIG welding gloves have thinner and more flexible material with fire-resistant fabric.
7.PROBAN® WELDING JACKET
Proban® welding jackets are thick and fire resistant, and they protect a welder’s body well.
Welding can be a loud operation and requires an intense level of concentration. Ear plugs can help maintain focus by drowning out external noise and also prevent damage to the welder’s ears.
High-quality industrial soapstone marker is used to mark the metal and determine where the welds are to be made.
MIG pliers are essential components of a welder’s kit. They can be used for various small functions.
- Cutting off burned wire before starting a new bead
- Removing contact tip from the gun
- Cleaning spatters out of the gun nozzle
- Removing the gun gas diffuser
- Propping up a piece to hold it in place for welding
A welder utilizes many other tools for their trade, but the essentials mentioned above are the basic ones that a student needs to learn the skill.
At Major Welding, we use only the best and latest tools for our operations. We provide excellent welding services in British Columbia, all performed by expert welders with years of service under their belts.