Pursuing a Career in Welding

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According to our friends at Lincoln Tech, working with metal can be both exciting and empowering. As you witness the sparks fly and the heat turning up, budding welders magically possess the power to transform some of the strongest materials around the world into the shape needed to create a desired product.

Obviously, this all takes great skill and much practice to perfect. Enrolling in welding schools like Lincoln Tech can provide the knowledge needed to embark on a successful career. But what type of welding process would you interest you?

For starters, there are four popular types of welding procedures that should be mastered, And in this post, we will begin taking a closer look at one of them.

The MIG welder: the most universal welding machine

At Hocon Industrial Gas, our inventory of top-quality welding machines includes the Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welder. While most welding machines can do a capable job of soldering or brazing metal, all of them can be better at some tasks than others. By far, the most universal welder is the MIG, also known as Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW).

This style of welding uses a shielding gas along the wire electrode, which heats up the two metals to be joined. This method requires a constant voltage and direct-current power source, and it is the most common industrial welding process.

Those who perform MIG welding are often referred to as wire-feed welders. The MIG weld process consists of a DC arc burning between a thin, bare metal wire electrode and the workpiece. The arc and weld area are contained within a protective gas shield. The wire electrode is fed from a spool into a welding torch that is connected to the positive terminal into the weld zone.

It is preferred for its versatility, speed and the relative ease of adapting the process to robotic automation. Unlike welding processes that do not employ a shielding gas—such as shielded metal arc welding—it is rarely used outdoors or in other areas of moving air. A related process, flux-cored arc welding, often does not use a shielding gas, but instead employs an electrode wire that is hollow and filled with flux.

MIG gas metal arc welders are used in the automotive industry, both in building cars and in maintaining and repairing them. Other industries that use MIG welders include robotics, branding and construction.

Hocon Industrial Gas sells and services a variety of quality welding equipment for all welding processes from leading manufacturers like Lincoln Electric and ESAB. Our welding machines can be supplied as complete systems, including a welding power source and weld monitor/controller.

Please contact us to learn more about our welding machines, as well as our welding and cutting supplies.