Learn the basics of welding at the Tarrant County Makerspace.​

We’ve designed a welding class that targets people that want to learn to weld but are not necessarily interested in welding as a career.  This is a one day, 6 hour crash course that takes you from knowing nothing about welding to having the ability to weld together a small charcoal fired grill that you get to take home at the end of the day.

About your instructor

1995 – 2005 

I’ve been in and around construction most of my life.  When I was a teenager I started working for Adjusto of Texas, a company that designed and built metal buildings and horse barns.  In my early 20’s I went to Rick’s College in Rexburg, Idaho, where I earned a 2-year degree in Welding Engineering Technology.  After college, I went back to work for Adjusto of Texas as a welder and gained extensive experience building metal buildings, pipe fences and stables.

2005 – 2012

I had various jobs in the sales industry where I got to travel.  I most notable was my time spent in Fresno, California, where I worked for Vivant Solar selling residential rooftop solar.  During this time I also lived in Puerto Rico and Hawaii doing residencies sales for Vivint.

2012 – Present

In 2012 I started a roofing company under the name Melven General Contracting and spent several years as a roofing and remodel contractor and gained experience working with insurance claims and remediation.

2021 – present

In 2021 I decided to start the Tarrant County Makerspace, a community workshop

Aaron Melven – Visionary at the Tarrant County Makerspace

What you will learn

1. Welding safety

2. The 3 main welding processes, MIG, Stick and TIG.
3. Metal prep and assembly

**The focus of the class will be on MIG welding (metal inert gas). After you build your grill you can learn stick welding if you are interested as time permits.

Class size limit (3) students

Day & Time Saturdays / 12 noon to 6 PM

Dress requirements:
1. Long pants, thick woven cotton, denim is best.
2. Leather boots or shoes, no mesh or open toe shoes.
3. Work shirt

Optional ppg (we provide ppg but bring your own if you have them.)

1. Safety glasses
2. All leather work gloves
3. Welding cap (please bring your own welding cap)
4. ear plugs
5. Welding helmet

Cost $300 for a single wide grill or $320 for a double wide grill. (See photos)

Past Students


Ian Biggs
Ian Biggs
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I attended the welding class with Aaron. He was a great teacher. He was patient and took the time to really teach about the process of welding. I’m glad I went.
Johnathan Richard
Johnathan Richard
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Aaron was great instructing me on safe welding! Welding together the grill showed me that it really takes practice to become a good welder. Also informed me of advantages/disadvantages of using Argon/CO2 gas vs. flux core welding.
Nathan Gardner
Nathan Gardner
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I took a welding class, friendly environment and a great instructor. Hands on learning at its best.
Divya Elumalai
Divya Elumalai
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Yesterday was a very fun learning experience. I learned the basics of welding (STICK and MIG) and I used my newly acquired skills to make a little personal grill at Fort Worth's newest maker space. Good Fun. Great People.

Double wide grill $320

Single wide grill $300

Schedule a class

All requested dates are tentative until confirmed.  Call or email the Tarrant County Makerspace to confirm your requested date.