TIG Welding I

TIG Welding I

Class Code: 5TIG10A21-A

Saturday, Sunday, June 26, 2021 - June 27, 2021

Class Time: 10am-6pm (15 total hours)

Instructor(s): Ana Gallira

Age Group: Ages 16+

Entry Level Class (No prerequisite required) in Welding

Price: $455.00

Member Price: $420.00

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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 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 a prerequisite for the CREATE Program, a way for students to use our studio space, tools, and equipment to work on individual projects.

New Health and Safety Guidelines

All students must review and adhere to all of The Crucible's Health and Safety Guidelines to best protect our students and staff during this public health crisis. Classes have been modified to Alameda County’s latest safety recommendations and will continue to adapt as things change. If your class is cancelled by The Crucible due to updated county guidance, we are pleased to offer you a refund for a class or session that cannot run.

Students who withdraw at least seven days prior to the first scheduled session of a class will receive a full refund, minus the non-refundable $50 registration fee. No portion of tuition will be refunded or transferred if a withdrawal is made less than seven days before the class start date. Classes are subject to cancellation; and in the event that The Crucible cancels a class, students receive information about refund, credit, or transfer. If you are interested in taking a class, register early so we know you're interested! There are no make-up classes. No exceptions. While it is infrequent, instructors are subject to change. See all of The Crucible's Policies and Resources here.
At The Crucible, you must dress safely and appropriately. 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. Layers are encouraged as the studio can be very cold or very hot. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection. Bandannas will not be accepted inside The Crucible.
The Crucible is conveniently located at 1260 7th Street, Oakland, CA, just two blocks east of the West Oakland BART station. There is a student parking lot with spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis. The lot fills up quickly, and we encourage students to bike or take public transit to class. For weekend or weeklong classes, there are great places to grab food around the area, including at 7th West and Mandela Grocery Cooperative, as well as a microwave on-site at The Crucible for students who wish to warm up packed lunches.

Teacher Bio: Ana Gallira

Ana Gallira is an artist and educator currently living in California’s Bay Area. She especially loves teaching both youth and adults how to weld and encourages students to explore their unique reasons for making. Upon moving to California, Ana quickly tried to find community in the local art scene. She was introduced to The Crucible, became involved as a part-time welding instructor, a full-time enthusiast, and has since become the Co-Head of the Welding Department.

Ana is also a board member of Local Artists Berkeley, a non-profit organization that facilitates public art exhibitions for Bay Area artists, and an adjunct professor in the Sculpture department at Diablo Valley Community College in Pleasant Hill, CA.

Ana is originally from New York and has received a Masters in Fine Arts in Sculpture from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from SUNY Albany. She has exhibited her artwork at Adelines Lab in Berkeley, CA; Williamsburg Art Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY; Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT; Art Barn, Albany, NY; Montclair University, Montclair, NJ; among others. Her street art installations have been spotted in Germany, Canada, and across the United States. Ana's hobbies include manual machining, sewing, bicycling, hiking, metal fabrication, and is always delighted to meet new people.

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