Hobart and Lincoln also have outstanding sites with forums and technical assistance by experts. There are many many sites available like Welding tips and tricks and others like you tube that also provide a huge resevoir of info if you take the time to sift some of the BS that finds it's way in from time to time. Most important is seat time. Set a specific goal and weld to it. Record your amp, volts, wire speed, gas and flow, and material used, once you have all of that it is easier to get help with an issue and repeat welds that came out well.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, <jallcorn@...> wrote:
> One place that is helpful is the Miller.com website. They have videos and other instruction available.
> The AWS or American Welding Society has lots of info but it may be too technical to be much help.
> A local community college may offer welding classes. If you plan to invest much $$$ or try to earn a living welding, I strongly recommend some reputable instruction. I did that 40 years ago and most of that instruction is still applicable today.
> Practice helps but it is beneficial to be pointed in the right direction before you start. It is easier to learn good habits than to have to unlearn bad ones.
> James Allcorn