Essential Tools For Welders

Welding careers are some of the most stable and well-paid jobs you can find today. In just seven months you can be on your way to starting your job in the welding industry. Here is a list of must-have tools for welders. At ETI you will have access to all of these and more:

Safety Equipment

  • Welding helmet (darkening lens) + clear tinted face shield lens with headgear – You have to protect your eyes and face. The welding helmet is your most important piece of safety equipment.
  • Cutting gloves & TIG gloves – Less-experienced welders want to begin with thick welding gloves for protection. With more experience, some TIG welders choose thinner gloves for more precise welds.
  • Safety glasses – You will need to do some angle grinding on your welds, so protect your eyes with certified glasses or a face shield for more protection.
  • Leather sleeve jacket – Insufficient protection can result in severe and debilitating personal injury and you should never compromise safety for the sake of comfort.
  • TIG fingers (white) – These enable you to rest your hand on a workpiece without having to worry about the metal heating up and burning your hand.

Cleaning Tools

  • 4 ½” grinder – You will use this very often as you learn to make clean welds. You will also use it for cutting materials.
  • Long wire brush and short inspection brush – Another essential cleaning tool, the brush will clean up your welds and show where you need to finish the weld.
  • Chipping hammer – Along with your metal brush, you will use this to chip slag off your MIG welds and reveal the final weld.
  • Torch tip cleaner – this is intended for use to clean cutting- and welding tips for oxygen-acetylene torches.

Work Tools

  • 12” Combo square – Just like carpenters who need to make lots of quick angle markings, welders find lots of use for a speed square on nearly every project.
  • MIG pliers – You will use these often in MIG welding to remove nozzles and contact tips and clip the wire.
  • 10” Adjustable wrench – Perfect for tightening the regulator of a gas welder and prying metal apart.
  • Large vise grips and needle nose vise grips – This securely grips a wide variety of surfaces from any angle.
  • Triple flint striker – This tool is designed to make flint changes faster and easier.
  • Protractor – This is used to determine the angle of take-off of a lateral, or it may be used to set a lateral at the proper angle for tacking before welding in place.
  • 25’ tape measure – During metal construction, measurements are crucial to the success of the final project.

ETI School of Skilled Trades also includes:

  • BSX Welding Tool Bag
  • 1 ETI Shirt
  • Mini-Mag Flashlight
  • Pencils

These tools will be provided for you and will be yours to take on to your first job after you finish your welding program. You will also have in-depth welder training in a 13,000 sq. ft. professional facility, including access to the types of welding most in-demand from today’s employers.

Get ahead in your career by requesting more information on ETI’s Welding Program by filling out the form above or calling ETI at (888) 830-7678.