Welding Classes

Joining metal with heat is a fabrication process used since the Bronze Age, and new technology develops continually. The Crucible teaches beginning and advanced classes in four different kinds of welding: oxy-acetylene gas welding, arc or stick welding, metal inert gas (MIG) welding, and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding. Start with a beginning class in one type of welding, or sample all four types in our Exploring Welding class.

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Upcoming Bay Area Welding Courses

Browse below for all upcoming Welding classes. Please note that due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, all upcoming Crucible classes are in-person with strict health and safety policies in place for students, faculty, and staff. You must review all Crucible policies before registering.

ARC Welding I

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Learn to join pieces of metal using arc welding, also known as stick welding. Instructors teach you to slice through metal with the hot flame of an oxyacetylene torch, and to use...

TIG Welding I

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TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) or GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) is the type of welding commonly used for delicate work and non-ferrous metals. It uses an AC/DC power source, a...

ARC Welding I

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Learn to join pieces of metal using arc welding, also known as stick welding. Instructors teach you to slice through metal with the hot flame of an oxyacetylene torch, and to use...

ARC Welding I

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Learn to join pieces of metal using arc welding, also known as stick welding. Instructors teach you to slice through metal with the hot flame of an oxyacetylene torch, and to use...

TIG Welding I

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TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) or GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) is the type of welding commonly used for delicate work and non-ferrous metals. It uses an AC/DC power source, a...

MIG Welding

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MIG (metal inert gas) is the most common type of modern welding. It is a process by which a welding machine focuses electricity along a moving metal wire that is fed through a hose...

TIG Welding I

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TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) or GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) is the type of welding commonly used for delicate work and non-ferrous metals. It uses an AC/DC power source, a...

MIG Welding

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MIG (metal inert gas) is the most common type of modern welding. It is a process by which a welding machine focuses electricity along a moving metal wire that is fed through a hose...

MIG Welding

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MIG (metal inert gas) is the most common type of modern welding. It is a process by which a welding machine focuses electricity along a moving metal wire that is fed through a hose...

ARC Welding I

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Learn to join pieces of metal using arc welding, also known as stick welding. Instructors teach you to slice through metal with the hot flame of an oxyacetylene torch, and to use...

TIG Welding I

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TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) or GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) is the type of welding commonly used for delicate work and non-ferrous metals. It uses an AC/DC power source, a...

TIG Welding I

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TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) or GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) is the type of welding commonly used for delicate work and non-ferrous metals. It uses an AC/DC power source, a...

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Meet The Welding Department Heads

Jim Stucker

Originally from the Midwest, Jim Stucker worked in agriculture, political science, and real estate, until finally finding a niche in welding. He turned his passion for underwater welding into a teaching career after decades of experience. Now, Jim shares his wealth of knowledge with students as the Welding Department Co-head at The Crucible.

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Ana Gallira

After studying mathematics and sculpture and exhibiting her art all over the world, Ana Gallira came to The Crucible in search of a local artists community.

“I love teaching both youth and adults how to weld,” Ana told us. “In class, I encourage them to explore their own unique reasons for making.”

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Welding and Metal Fabrication Adult Classes

The Crucible offers a wide variety of adult classes teaching welding. Whether you want to learn the fundamentals of fabrication or something more advanced, The Crucible has you covered. See the complete list of welding classes offered in ARC, MIG, and TIG below.

Note: Due to COVID-19, we’re unable to offer all of the classes listed below at this time. You can sign up to be notified when specific classes are offered or browse a list of upcoming classes here

3 hour taster arc welding

3-Hour Taster: ARC Welding

3-Hour Tasters are a great way to explore a new art form without the deeper commitment of a full course. After a basic introduction to stick welding, try your hand at creating a welded, geometric paperweight to take home or give as a gift. Take a Taster and meet new friends or give the gift of creativity to someone special.

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3 hour taster mig welding

3-Hour Taster: MIG Welding

3-Hour Tasters are a great way to explore a new art form without the deeper commitment of a full course. After a basic introduction to metal inert gas (MIG) welding, plasma cutting, and fabrication processes, create a small metal sculpture to take home. Take a Taster and meet new friends or give the gift of creativity to someone special.

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arc welding i

ARC Welding I

Learn to join pieces of metal using arc welding, also known as stick welding. Instructors teach you to slice through metal with the hot flame of an oxyacetylene torch, and to use power and hand tools to finish your work. You’ll make a small sculpture to take home.

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ARC Welding II

In this course, students will learn advanced joints, welding positions, and techniques in arc welding and oxy-acetylene torch cutting to take their sculptural ideas to the next level. Students will also be introduced to new fabrication tools and finishing techniques to give their sculpture a more polished and professional appearance.

PREREQUISITE: ARC Welding I

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creative cold connections

Creative Cold Connections

Explore creative alternatives to joining metals without welding! Students will focus on cold and mechanical connections in their many forms, adopting techniques from other fields like woodworking and jewelry. Perfect for sculptors, tinkerers, furniture builders, and anyone interested in experimenting with new and creative methods of metal fabrication.

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exploring welding

Exploring Welding

Can’t decide what type of welding to take? Explore the varied possibilities of oxy-acetylene, arc/stick, metal inert gas (MIG), and tungsten inert gas (TIG). You will get the chance to try all four, gaining an understanding of which type of welding is most appropriate for the projects you want to complete.

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friday flame mig welding

Friday Flame: MIG Welding

End the workweek with fire, friends, and a toast. Join us for Friday Flame, a unique night focused on industrial arts and good company. Familiarize yourself with welding equipment and basic skills, then, “doodle” with welds to create written words or simple images on steel. After class, enjoy wine, beer, or a non-alcoholic beverage and marvel at your new masterpiece!

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metal furniture fabrication

Metal Furniture Fabrication

Fabricate one-of-a-kind metal furniture for your home! Going beyond basic MIG welding, this course focuses on designing and fabricating functional and aesthetically interesting benches, coffee tables, flower stands, cabinets, wheeled furniture, shelves, coat racks, and just about any other piece of furniture you might like to fabricate. Projects will be evaluated for feasibility and cost, given the time frame. The Crucible has limited material available for students, and students are responsible for acquiring additional materials if their project requires it. Upon registration, The Crucible will provide a list of acceptable materials, sources, and suppliers. Be prepared to weld and cut on the first day as a review.

PREREQUISITE: MIG Welding I

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mig and tig welding lab

MIG and TIG Welding Lab

Lab sessions are a great benefit, exclusively for Crucible members! Practice the skills you learn in class and explore new possibilities with your craft. No instruction is provided during lab sessions, but a lab monitor will be present to answer questions, manage safety, and provide overall support. You are free to come and go at your convenience during open lab hours, however you must provide your own materials.

PREREQUISITE: MIG Welding or TIG Welding I and Crucible membership

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MIG Welding

MIG (metal inert gas) is the most common type of modern welding. It is a process by which a welding machine focuses electricity along a moving metal wire that is fed through a hose to a handheld torch. Student welders manipulate this torch as the electricity melts the wire and creates a weld. You will learn about the fundamentals of MIG welding, such as metallurgy, preparation, joints, technique, and safety. We will also cover plasma torch cutting. The class begins with a basic, technical welding exercise, then transitions into a small creative project.

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Oxy-acetylene Welding

Oxy-Acetylene Welding

Welding with heat produced by burning gases is one of the oldest methods of welding, dating back to ancient Greece. In this course, students will be introduced to the gas burning torch, learning to control gases and use heat to cut, braze, and weld steel. The class begins with a collection of technical exercises and finishes with a small creative project all in mild steel.

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Sculpting with Steel

Learn how to weld steel sculptures in this creative skill-building & project-making class. Using the MIG Welder, the Plasma Cutter, and the Oxy/Acetylene Torch you will bring scrap metal (provided) to life. Create garden ornaments, wall hangings, freestanding art, or that puppy dog sculpture you’ve always wanted. Learn how easy it is to bend, cut, fold, or roll steel using our entry-level fabrication equipment and develop your feel for steel with instruction in hands-on techniques and power grinding and finishing tools. Three weeks of tool and skills instruction followed by five weeks of project building.

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tig welding i

TIG Welding I

TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) or GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) is the type of welding commonly used for delicate work and non-ferrous metals. It uses an AC/DC power source, a non-consumable tungsten electrode, and inert gas to form an arc and create a weld. Using cold-rolled steel, this course starts with a series of small exercises and progresses into a challenging technical project, giving students a foundation in basic metallurgy, preparation, joints, technique, and safety.

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tig welding ii

TIG Welding II

This class expands on the basic skills taught in TIG Welding I. Students will be given a series of technical exercises designed to improve their focus and control, review joint types, positions, and beads, and introduce them to new fabrication tips and techniques. Students will venture into TIG welding other types of metals, with an emphasis on aluminum and stainless steel. This class prepares you to work on your own.

PREREQUISITE: TIG Welding I

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wind chimes

Wind Chimes

Create your own welded wind chime! Students will weld a metal rectangular wind chime box, plasma cut their unique design on the sides, and hang steel chain, hooks, and cut metal pieces to create a unique and eye-catching wind chime. Then all you need is wind for a gorgeous visual and tonal work of art.

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womens mig welding

Women’s MIG Welding

Learn welding taught by women, for women! We will teach you the fundamentals of MIG welding and plasma torch cutting, including metallurgy, preparation, joints, technique, and safety—all the same skills and techniques as MIG Welding I, but in an all-female environment. Come with ideas for a simple project.

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Women’s TIG Welding I

Learn welding taught by women, for women! TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) or GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) is the type of welding commonly used for delicate work and non-ferrous metals. It uses an AC/DC power source, a non-consumable tungsten electrode, and inert gas to form an arc and create a weld. Using cold-rolled steel, this course starts with a series of small exercises and progresses into a challenging technical project, giving students a foundation in basic metallurgy, preparation, joints, technique, and safety. This class is an inclusive, welcoming environment for women and gender-expansive individuals.

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Wood + Metal

Learn the fundamental properties of wood and metal, two titans of arts materials. Students create a custom piece of furniture that incorporating a wooden top with a metal base, highlighting the ways each one complements the other. Choose from a selection of customizable projects, including a small table, chair, or bookcase.

PREREQUISITE: MIG Welding I

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Welding and Metal Fabrication Youth Classes

In the Welding Department, we offer youth classes specifically for ages 12-18. In these classes, The Crucible provides a unique setting for youth to get hands-on with metal, exploring their creative voices and absorbing real-life lessons in science, technology, engineering, and math. You can see all The Crucible’s offerings for youth here.

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Youth Girls MIG Welding (ages 12-18)

This class is taught specifically for girls by women welders. MIG (Metal Inert Gas), the most common type of modern welding, where a welding machine focuses electricity along a moving metal wire that is fed through a hose to a handheld torch. Students learn to manipulate the welding torch as the electricity melts the wire and creates a weld. Students also learn about the fundamentals of metallurgy, preparation, joints, technique, and safety. Plasma torch cutting will also be covered. This class begins with a basic, technical welding exercise and transitions into a small creative project.

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Youth ARC Welding I (ages 12-18)

Learn to fuse, cut, bend, and shape metal. This intensive introduction to stick welding, also known as arc welding, and oxy-acetylene torch cutting is taught by a technical pro. In-depth demonstrations and guidance will be given on the safe and effective operation of welding equipment as instructors help you create a small welded sculpture or project.

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youth welded sculpture immersion program

Youth ARC Welding II (ages 12-18)

Dive deep in this continuing level youth workshop. Students take an immersive step into weeklong study, becoming young artisans along the way. Learn to fuse, cut, bend, and shape metal in this intensive introduction to stick welding, also known as arc welding, and oxy-acetylene torch cutting. Guidance will be given on the safe and effective operation of welding equipment. You will also be exposed to theory, principles, and extensive techniques that let you design and create your own independent projects.

PREREQUISITE: Youth ARC Welding I (formerly called Youth Intro to Welded Sculpture)

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youth mig welding

Youth MIG Welding (ages 12-18)

MIG (metal inert gas) is the most common type of modern welding. It is a process by which a welding machine focuses electricity along a moving metal wire that is fed through a hose to a handheld torch. Student welders manipulate this torch as the electricity melts the wire and creates a weld. You will learn about the fundamentals of MIG welding, such as metallurgy, preparation, joints, technique, and safety. We will also cover plasma torch cutting. The class begins with a basic, technical welding exercise and transitions into a small creative project.

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youth tig welding

Youth TIG Welding I (ages 12-18)

TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding is a highly precise method of welding that makes clean and focused welds on everything from super-thin to very thick materials. You will learn the basics of TIG welding by working with mild steel. You will create sculptures that allow you to put your creativity and welding skills to use!

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Youth TIG Welding II (ages 12-18)

Dive deep in this continuing level youth workshop. Students take an immersive step into weeklong study, becoming young artisans along the way. TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding is a highly precise method of welding that makes clean and focused welds on everything from super-thin to very thick materials. You will continue developing TIG welding techniques by working with mild steel. You will also be exposed to theory, principles, and extensive techniques that let you design and create your own independent projects.

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Being Prepared For Your Welding Class

Welding classes are held on the main floor of our building. Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility and we will be happy to accommodate.

Students must arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing, long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames.

The Crucible requests students always arrive in studio safe clothing when working. Layers are encouraged as the studio can be very cold or very hot. The Crucible will provide you with a welding jacket, pair of gloves, and welding hood when you check-in for class at the Tool Room. You are also welcome to bring your own protective equipment from home. Learn more about welding from our online guide.

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