High school's the best time to learn welding if your high school has a program for it. I had to drive about 10 miles to another high school that had a welding class. I think it was twice a week a few hours a day and I carpooled with a friend from my high school. The class counted for credit at my high school and I think it was free. Went through the same program for autoshop. None of these classes were offered at my school but through the ROP we could go to other nearby schools. Here's the website for the ROP program I was in...maybe there's something similar in Ohio? http://www.nocrop.tec.ca.us/
In the ROP welding class they first introduced us to Oxy-Acetylene (torch) welding, where we connected small metal plates, then we went to stick (arc) welding, then mig (wire feed with inert gas) and fcaw/flux core arc welding (wire feed with no gas), and then tig (holding the electrode in one hand/flux in the other; usually used for aluminum).
My buddy from the welding class wound up buying a flux core wire fed welder so he didn't have to worry about having the inert gas handy. The flux core is a bit more smoky/messy than mig but it always got the job done.
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