My longtime interest in learning how to build frames has been recently rekindled by the destruction of my fixed gear converted Peugeot frame in a collision with a car. I'd like to start by trying to build a decent/nice track bike first. I know where to acquire the parts and I understand the basics of frame geometry and design. However, I have no experience working with welding equipment. I think I'm going to take a class on the subject at my local technical college, but am not sure which one to take. I know that you can't guess what will be taught and what will not, but how does this sound for getting introductory knowledge on the subject?:
"Fundamentals of Oxyfuel Welding: Students develop a fundamental understanding and skill in the use of oxyacetylene welding equipment, including safe handling of cylinders of oxygen and acetylene. Such typical operations as joint design and various types of welds are performed with mild steel filler rod. Some instruction is given in manual oxyacetylene cutting of mild steel. Introduction to basic metallurgy for welders is given."
There is another one which costs less and meets less frequently.:
"Oxyfuel Welding Processes: Safe working habits in handling oxyfuel and gas tungsten arc equipment are developed. The principles for applying oxyfuel on different types and sizes of materials in various joint configurations are stressed. Commercial production, handling and storage of compressed gases that are used in GTA and oxyfuel processes are discussed. Introduction to metallurgy is given."
I don't think I need to know gas tungsten arc welding, but in the description they make the second one sound more like there would be more hands-on practice and with more materials, whereas the first one is going to involve more use of steel filler rod. They also offer fundamentals of TIG welding, which I may eventually take, if my adventure into the world of lugged steel goes well.
I'm aware that it's silly to be asking people on the internet what class I should take. I'll probably end up having to try and get ahold of the instructors and ask them personally what they suggest. I'd like the input from you guys though, and I'd also like to hear where others learned to use welding equipment and why.