Where can I get trained in custom metal fabrication and welding?

I want to get metalworking and welding certifications so I can chop cars and fabricate parts. I know a lot of people will suggest tech schools like UTI or Wyotech, but I really feel like that won't get me the high level skills I want to work to achieve. I am considering the sheet metal workers union training facility here in Chicago, but I'm not really sure thats the right direction either. I'd like to stay local, but I'll take any suggestions of course.

Asked By: Andy - 10/25/2008
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See if you can get into the Sheet Metal Union. There is a growing shortage of manufacturing trades workers in this country. Every High School pushes kids toward college. In a trade you work while you learn. I went to school one night a week on a semester basis just like high school... More
Answered By: Max Cruise - 10/25/2008
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You've got to start somewhere to learn the basic skills. You have to ask yourself if someone who does whatever custom work you're dreaming of would take on an apprentice who knows nothing about how to use a brake press or how to use a MIG welder... More
Answered By: JoeH - 10/25/2008
Hit up the shops in your area. You can start out pushin' a broom. Pay your dues. It will take time. You can not learn that trade over knight
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