After years of timing conflicts and waiting lists, I was able to finally get into Welding I at the College of Marin. The class is pretty intense. A lot of information, some of it quite technical, in a short amount of time. The shop is pretty amazing containing a variety of equipment from simple OFW systems to huge MIG, TIG, other stick systems, a plasma cutter, grinders, belt sanders, tools and more.
I'd have to say that when I truly realized that I'm moving a pool of molten metal only a foot or less from my face, it's pretty daunting. One little misstep and you've got a 3rd degree burn. Things are popping and sparking. Fumes are rising from the work and the torch. Eye hand coordination of the torch and the filler rod is intense. And to top it off, the environment is very loud. All five senses are definitely being bombarded.