Introduction to MIG (Metal Inert Gas) Welding #1

Metal Fabrication

Introduction to MIG (Metal Inert Gas) Welding #1

This is a hands-on introduction to MIG (metal inert gas) welding – the easiest-to-learn technique with broad applications.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Wed, 8/16/2023 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wed, 8/16/2023

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Metal Fabrication Studio



The goal at the end of the class is for you to feel comfortable operating the welding machine and the MIG welding process.

The class begins with a safety briefing, followed by an introduction to welding theory and materials. You'll spend about two hours in hands-on practice while receiving guidance on technique. At the end of class, you should be able to lay down a MIG bead and to be able to identify and remedy problems with the bead. Many will have advanced to exploring different types of weld joints or welding materials of different thicknesses.

Each participant will have the use of a fully equipped Miller 215 welder and go through the welding set up process.

Once you've completed the class, you'll be eligible to participate in welding shop open studios to practice and to improve your technique.


  • Class is limited to four students to provide one-on-one learning and direct mentoring.
  • Safety and personal protection equipment will be provided by BARN.
  • Wear long sleeves (natural fiber, no stretch fabric), long pants and closed-toe shoes of cotton or leather.
  • A materials fee of $20, included in the cost of the class, covers the steel, gas, and filler wire needed in class.
  • The higher price of this class is due to the difference in compensation to professionals with expertise above BARN's typical instruction level.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Erin Munter

Erin Munter grew up on Bainbridge Island and moved to Oakland, Calif., in her 20s to attend the welding program at Laney College. After interning and volunteering at the metal arts school The Crucible, she returned to Bainbridge and began making furniture bases and other fabrication for Coyote Woodshop. She worked at another fabricating shop and taught welding to youth. She now does fabrication work all over Kitsap County. Her passion is everything welded including large and small indoor and outdoor household items. Her sculptures can be seen in local art shows.

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