Introduction to TIG Welding | Walsall College

Introduction to TIG Welding

Thinking about a career in engineering? Do you have a specific interest in welding? 

This course is ideal for anyone who want to learn the fundamental aspects of welding with TIG equipment.

TIG welding is a slower process compared to MIG, but it produces a more precise weld and can be used at lower amperages for thinner metal, as well as exotic metals.

Although it requires more time to learn, TIG welding is a skill worth having in the engineering field. It’s a popular choice of welding, particularly when high quality, precision welding is required.

This basic introduction programme will take place at the College's Portland Street Campus over two evenings.

The next available sessions will be in October. You will need to bring safety footwear (steel toe cap boots) and work clothes. All other equipment will be provided.

If for any reason the course does not run on the specified dates, we'll contact you before the event and payment will be refunded in full.


Characteristics of the TIG welding process

  • Uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode during the welding process,
  • Uses a number of shielding gases including helium (He) and argon (Ar),
  • Is easily applied to thin materials,
  • Produces very high-quality, superior welds,
  • Welds can be made with or without filler metal,
  • Provides precise control of welding variables (i.e. heat),
  • Welding yields low distortion,
  • Leaves no slag or splatter.

In TIG welding, an arc is formed between a non-consumable tungsten electrode and the metal being welded. Gas is fed through the torch to shield the electrode and molten weld pool. If filler wire is used, it is added to the weld pool separately. 


Walsall College, Portland Street Campus, Unit 99, Portland Street, Walsall, WS2 8AB

Parking is available onsite.

Required ID and Minimum Age Requirements

Entrants must be 19+ and a short enrolment form will need to be completed on the evening. Proof of identity is required on the day, which must be one of the following;

  • Passport
  • Driving Licence
  • National Insurance Card
  • Certificate of Entitlement to Funding
  • Bank Credit/Debit Card
  • National ID Card

If you have any questions you can contact us by emailing, or alternatively by calling 01922 657000.

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Applicants will be from a wide variety of different backgrounds who have an interest in discovering welding and trying equipment first hand.

Opportunities exist to move onto an evening provision in trade disciplines such as Engineering, Automotive or Construction related areas or take formal qualifications in Welding such as the C&G 3268 series.

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Basic Information

Course Code B64E1WET0P
Location Digital Engineering Skills Centre
Level Level 1
Type Evening
Fee £120
Start Date Sep 14 2020

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