December 10, 2013 | By Marty Rice
So, I’m half-awake and realize it’s Saturday, and I can sleep in. Then my toes start cramping, and I’m not about to let them wake me. So I start relaxing mentally while physically bending them back and forth, and then nod off. I guess my sleeping brain forgot to tell my toes I...
May 22, 2013 | By Marty Rice
Welder and educator Marty Rice has led a colorful life in his welding career. He’s learned some lessons the hard way and met some interesting characters along the way.
November 14, 2012 | By Marty Rice
In this, his last TIG article, ever, welding instructor Marty Rice offers some advice for the home hobbyist about buying equipment and shielding gas.
March 20, 2012 | By Marty Rice
Welding instructor Marty Rice teaches his students to short-circuit MIG weld to create a unique coin holder, a project that provides plenty of opportunity for practice.
November 8, 2011 | By Marty Rice
In his inimitable style, Marty Rice shares his thoughts on the welding job market and what today’s employers want from their welders. He also gives examples of some deficiencies employers are seeing.
February 22, 2011 | By Marty Rice
Welding instructor and reader-favorite author Marty Rice answers the two questions he’s most often asked by those interested in learning to MIG weld.
November 24, 2009 | By Marty Rice
Did you hear the one about the welder who was tired of bending over to weld and made the fatal mistake of using a 55-gallon drum as a welding table? In this article, welding instructor Marty Rice discusses this mistake and describes some common technical mistakes new welders make, some more serious than others. All can be avoided.
September 29, 2009 | By Marty Rice
All welders are newbies at some time in their careers. Following Marty Rice's advice for newbies can help you with more than your welding career. Learn from the man who's been there, done that, and has the scars to prove it.
July 28, 2009 | By Marty Rice
Welding jobs may not be as plentiful as they once were, but welding instructor Marty Rice believes a lot of welding work is "waiting to bust loose once the economy straightens out, and there's always work in welding, if you're willing to pack a suitcase." Rice has some advice for those embarking on a welding journey.
May 26, 2009 | By Marty Rice
With instruction, some mild steel, the right welding rods, and a cracker box, the hobbyist can begin stick welding, also known as shielded metal arc welding (SMAW). Novice welders can learn more about the process by reading this article and by visiting the links shown at the end.
March 10, 2009 | By Marty Rice
During World War II, many females filled work force roles in traditionally male occupations. After the war, most left these jobs, but that doesn't mean women are any less able to fill them. Experience has taught welding instructor Marty Rice that females make danged good welders.
January 13, 2009 | By Marty Rice
Even in the best of times, negativity can rear its ugly head and create problems in the workplace. In today's turbulent economic climate, fighting negativity may seem an almost impossible task. However, it's more important now than ever to keep negativity at bay. This article explains why.
November 25, 2008 | By Marty Rice
Among the skills employers look for in their welders is the ability to read a tape measure correctly. Surprisingly, not everyone can do so. Welding instructor Marty Rice shares an anecdote from his welding career that illustrates how critical it is for welders to master this skill.
September 30, 2008 | By Marty Rice
Four of 1,000 welders lose their lives each year, and many more are seriously injured because they fail to follow safe welding practices. Welding hobbyists who follow the examples set on television are particularly susceptible to injury. In this article, Marty Rice reflects on moments in his welding career that illustrate the importance of welding safety.
July 29, 2008 | By Marty Rice
"Welder wanted" signs abound in many areas of the U.S., and welding instructor Marty Rice believes there's never been a better time to pursue a welding career. How do you make your welding career the best it can be? Following certain guidelines can help.