Learn to weld well

Fortunately, there is no lack of training opportunities for farmers looking to gain or improve welding skills.

The first place to look is where you live. Many communities have continuing education programs that offer short courses in welding. If none are currently offered, approach the coordinator of the local continuing education program and ask if such a program could be offered in the future.

Most technical schools offer journeyman welding programs, and some offer short evening courses for beginning and hobby welding. There are also private welding schools. Gerald Bellehumeur operates GRB College of Welding in Edmonton, AB, and has provided welding instruction to many farmers over the years.

Besides standardized welding courses, Bellehumeur offers individualized, hourly instruction. Paying a flat hourly rate gets you access to a fully-equipped welding booth at the school, all welding supplies needed to learn the skill and the oversight of a qualified instructor. Plus, you can book instructional times that are most convenient for you.

“A growing number of farmers who already know stick welding are signing up for hourly instruction in MIG welding,” says Bellehumeur. “This welding process is becoming more popular in farm applications.”

Finally, consider the Internet as a resource. The website www.wikihow.com/Weld provides a good description of the welding process. There are also online videos that show proper welding techniques and which farmers could benefit from by watching.

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