In preparation for the construction of our bridge, six of us went out to ESL on Thursday for an introduction to welding. Only Anna has welding experience, but we couldn't expect her to weld the entire bridge by herself, so all of us will be learning the basics of mig welding.
Steve Bickley was our teacher on Thursday. He went over how to properly clean and assemble the torch, how to turn on and off the welding machine, and the basics to welding. We all practiced on pieces of scrap steel in the shop, first welding on a flat surface, and then welding two pieces together. After some practice, everyone got the hang of it, and we saw some pretty decent welds!
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