Introduction to MIG welding /august 2014

Introduction to MIG welding

This class is intended for people who have taken the CoLab’s Introduction to Welding course with David Maidman, or who have had some experience or training with welding before and would like to refresh their skills.


Welding Safely

All students will be required to wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required by Vancouver Community Laboratory safety policy which students will receive prior to the first class. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • All-leather boots or shoes (steel-toed boots preferred)
  • Long pants and long-sleeved shirt, or coveralls (dark-coloured, natural fibers only).
  • Extra layers & a high neck-line is recommended for upper body
  • Welding cap or bandana
  • Safety goggles, or face shield if you wear glasses
  • Respiratory protection if possible
  • Leather welding gloves (some may be provided)


  • Pair of MIG pliers or needle nose pliers if you’ve got ’em


Welding Basics

Focus will be on all to do with MIG (GMAW) welding on mild steel, including the proper set-up, operation of, and shut-down of a MIG welder. You will learn about different shielding gasses, their uses and effects on steel and other metals, safe handling of gas bottles and how to treat them once used up. You will learn what to look for in good and bad welds, how to watch your puddle while dealing with a large nozzle and how to maintain the welding gun for optimal performance.

Students will be given demos on how to weld different styles of joints in flat position, and practice time for each type if time allows. Students with more experience may get instruction on welding joints in horizontal or vertical positions if time allows.


About the Instructor

Lesha Koop graduated from the welding and steel fabrication programs at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, BC in 2003. Since then she has worked in various industrial shops, and currently creates custom mounting systems for museum displays in Vancouver. In 2007 she took a break to pursue training in blacksmithing and metal casting at Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, BC and combines all these skills into her practice as a sculptor and fabricator.



Where: Vancouver Community Laboratory, 1907 Triumph Street, Vancouver

How to register: Class size (6).  Please send an email to