After teaching hundreds of hours of welding classes at TechShop I have found that students have a hard time remembering some of the steps to get the machine set up. This instructable is to serve as a guide for people that have passed my MIG welding class but need a bit of a refresher on how to set up the machine.
NOTE: This instructable is not meant to replace the MIG welding SBU at TechShop Menlo Park, it is merely here as a supplement for those that have already taken and passed the class.
Step 1: Getting ready to get ready
1) Get the welding cage open. If you can find a staff member roaming the shop ask them to open the welding cage. If you can't find anybody, the front desk will be happy to page the appropriate staff member for you.
2) Grab the MIG kit that is specific to your machine (either 1 or 2). Fill in the tool check out form on the clipboard. Make sure to check the MIG box before filling out the tool checkout. There should be both a contact tip and a gas cup in the box.
3) Grab a pair of MIG welding gloves, an auto-darkening helmet, the MIG pliers, and the MIG dip (nozzle gel).