Required Supplies

Supplies for All Welding

When earning any welding certificate at Eastfield College, you will need the following supplies:

  • Welding hood (shade 10): a mask to shield your face from the heat
  • Safety glasses
  • Non-flammable long sleeve shirt, full length pants and leather boots or shoes
  • Pliers
  • Vise grips
  • Ear plugs
  • Wire brush: to clean your base material

Supplies for SMAW (Stick)

For SMAW (Stick) classes you will also need:

  • Chipping hammer: to chip away impurities from your weld
  • 4 ½” angle grinder package that includes a twisted wire wheel and cup brush attachments for cleaning SMAW welds

Intermediate and advanced SMAW (Stick) classes will also need:

  • Cutting goggles
  • Striker: to ignite fuel
  • Tip cleaner: to clean your torch
  • Tape measure
  • Several grinding disc and sanding flapper wheels to fit your grinder
  • Chipping hammer: to chip away impurities from your weld

Supplies for GMAW (MIG)

For GMAW (MIG) classes you will also need:

  • Wire cutting pliers or Mig pliers

Advanced MIG classes will also need:

  • Cutting goggles
  • Striker: to ignite fuel
  • Tip cleaner: to clean your torch
  • Tape Measure
  • 4 ½” angle grinder package that includes a twisted wire wheel and cup brush attachments for cleaning plus several grinding disc and sanding flapper disc for metal removal and surface preparation.

Supplies for GTAW (TIG)

For GTAW (TIG) classes you will also need:

  • 2 percent thoriated tungsten electrode (size 3/32 X 7 inches). Note: 2% lanthanated, 2% ceriated or E3 tungsten are also suitable substitutes for the thoriated tungsten
  • Stainless wire brush

Advanced TIG classes will also need:

  • Cutting goggles
  • Striker: to ignite fuel
  • Tip cleaner: to clean your torch
  • Tape Measure
  • 4 ½” angle grinder package that includes a twisted wire wheel and cup brush attachments for cleaning plus several grinding disc and sanding flapper disc for metal removal and surface preparation.

Oxy-Fuel Supplies

Attending an OXY-FUEL class? Do not worry about the above supplies. You will simply need:

  • cutting goggles or face shield (shade 5)
  • safety goggles
  • leather goggles
  • Non-flammable long sleeve shirt, full length pants and leather boots or shoes
  • a striker
  • a tip cleaner
  • pliers

Optional Equipment

Working on a personal project? The following equipment may be beneficial:

  • Plasma cutting consumables
  • Leather welding jacket
  • Hammer(s)
  • C-clamp
  • Welding square
  • Soap stone
  • File
  • Additional vise grip pliers