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Turns out Welding is a BLAST!

Welding Class

For me, getting to experience a class from my own course marketplace was a welcome change from the office, but selecting an intro to welding course at the HazardFactory was downright intimidating. I brought one of our team members, Michael Duarte-Pedrosa, with me to do some bonding while learning a completely new skill together.

Michael pointed out that we had clearly left the cubicle behind when we emerged from the car and were greeted by a landscape metal with instructor Mckenzie eager to begin sharing her wealth of knowledge. We jumped right in by donning safety gear and then a surprisingly entertaining discussion on welding, theory, safety, and equipment. As the welding mask slides over your head, you realize that this is really going to happen — you are going to melt some metal!

Our task for the night was assembling a three-part welded souvenir to develop different welding skills under the watchful eye of the HazardFactory’s expert instructors.

“The art of welding, for me, has always been a little mysterious and frankly, a little intimidating,” shared Michael. “The few hours we spent indulging in the trade at the HazardFactory was great team fun and demystified it for me. I now feel I have enough knowledge to do it again on my own, the welds may not be pretty yet, but I did it! I can’t wait to go back for more.”

The feeling of accomplishment, once a project is finished, is incredibly powerful. Having something that you physically created after just learning is very empowering and you feel like you’ve accomplished a lot. Surprisingly, the welding workshops are suitable for adults and children; they recently hosted an 8-year-old birthday party that created a metal pterodactyl sculpture.

Quick intro to welding

If you are an organization looking for a team-building event, look no further, the HazardFactory delivers with a wide range of workshops suited to your needs. One of the workshops will have your team working together to design and weld a metal bridge that will undergo real-world structural integrity testing.

My favorite part of the night was when Rusty took my little welded triangle and hung it from a crane with 500 lbs. dangling from it, I was cringing as he hoisted it up and felt like superwoman when it held. I can really see how this kind of accomplishment is great for team building.

Unless your organization has some closet welders, this activity as a team event is an equalizer, allowing all players, men, and women, big and small, young and old to contribute and learn while working toward a common goal. Besides working together and developing your teamwork skills these events are absolutely loads of fun!

Whether you are interested in indulging a simple curiosity, learning a new skill for some home repairs, creating industrial metal art, a springboard to a new vocation, or interested in taking your team to the next level, molten metal at the HazardFactory is where it’s at!

Dallas Jasper

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Get Dangerously Creative with Hazardfactory’s Welding Classes

Welding classes

At HazardFactory, it’s ok to play with fire– it’s even encouraged.

Whether you’re building a bridge, winning a drag race, or hurling a fireball, it’s the place to sail past boundaries until you hit the next creative shore.

Proprietor and “Chief Executive Lunatic” Rusty Oliver wants to help you get there. For engineering pros and hobbyists he holds Power Tool Drag Racing, where circular saws stand in for box cars and often the simplest machines take home the glory.

Adrenaline junkies can test their backhand against a fiery foe in the new sport Flaming Tetherball. Don’t let nerves hold you back, as Oliver has addressed each risk, making safety a priority in every event.

Or if you’d rather create than compete, HazardFactory has a welding class for you. Check out their workshops below, and come ready to get your hands dirty.

A Quick Intro to Welding
Designed to explain the fundamentals and get the equipment in your hands as quickly as possible. We will use machines ranging from a cheap, light duty $300.00 hobbyist’s MIG welder, to a $6000, 350 amp, 3 phase commercial machine capable of welding extremely heavy material. If you think welding heavy steel sounds like fun, we happen to think you are correct!

Quick Intro to Welding
Designed to explain the fundamentals and get the equipment in your hands as quickly as possible. We will use machines ranging from a cheap, light duty $300.00 hobbyist’s MIG welder, to a $6000, 350 amp, 3 phase commercial machine capable of welding extremely heavy material. If you think welding heavy steel sounds like fun, we happen to think you are correct!

Build a Bridge: Welding and Bonding
Finally, Oliver runs a fun and challenging team-building activity where participants design and build a bridge, load-test it and finally crush it. Teams from Google, Microsoft and Adobe have built their bridges, fostering their hard and soft skills in a dynamic environment.