This week we're talking to Wes Mishler (@wicked_welding) of Wicked Welding and Fabrication.
Wes is well known on IG for his insane work with a TIG torch. The welds he puts out on IG never seem to amaze us, which is why we reached out to Wes for this week's #weldersofIG showcase.
Weld.com: When did you know you wanted to be a welder?
@wicked_welding: Probably back when I was 15 years old and went to the Silverlake Sand Dunes, here in Michigan. I had seen all the dune buggies and sandrails ripping around and I knew I wanted to build one. I was fortunate enough to have a father that had a small MIG welder and some time to get us going with a build. Sadly, we never finished the chassis, but I did learn a ton about tube bending and fabrication. That build sparked my interest in the vast capabilities that welding could offer. I was a builder of sortsâ€¦ It started with my obsession with legos and now has me welding and building my company.
Weld.com: Do you have any formal training in welding or fabrication?
@wicked_welding: I took shop class in high school, which introduced basic machining skills on a lathe and mill along with few welding projects. That shop class let me dip my toes into a lot of things I hadnâ€™t had the opportunity to try in my dadâ€™s home shop. Things like plasma cutting, sheet metal forming, and Tig welding. After high school, I went to the local community college with the intentions to get an automotive repair degree. After a few semesters though, I decided I didnâ€™t want to turn wrenches all my life so I switched my major to Welding. The welding program at my college was amazing. They covered everything from oxy/fuel welding to submerged arc. While I was going to school I got a job at a small manufacturing shop as a welder. I was able to take what I was learning and apply it to my everyday job which really helped me hone my skills.
Weld.com: What type of work do you do in your day to day activities?
@wicked_welding: I use mostly GTAW(TIG). I do a lot of sheet metal welding with a bit of pipe welding, but my shop is a job shop so all kinds of stuff come in the door. Lately Iâ€™ve been doing a lot of short circuit mig on a production job that the parts are being used for convertible Jeep tops.
Weld.com: What's the best / worst part of your job?
@wicked_welding: Best part of my job is that my only boss is my customer. Things are great when the customers are happy. Worst part I would have to say is stressing about scheduling and making sure suppliers deliver quality so that I, in turn, can produce quality.
Weld.com: What advice do you have for high school students or anyone looking to enter into a welding career?
@wicked_welding: Take advantage of any opportunity to learn! Thereâ€™s a lot more to welding than laying a nice bead over and over again. Things like knowing how to run as much of the equipment in a fab shop setting is huge. For example, if the shop you're working in has a saw, slip roller, iron worker, Mill, Lathe, etc.; learn to use them! It will open doors if you have a broad range of skills.
Also, having a good attitude and being able to communicate properly goes a lot farther than you would think. I've had people work for me that have a poor attitude that lost opportunities to learn or step up into better positions because of it. And I have had people who have lost my business because they canâ€™t communicate when things are late or wrong. Attitude is everything, be positive.
Weld.com: Where can people get more information or get in touch with you?
@wicked_welding: Anyone can check me out on Instagram @Wicked_Welding or email me at Wes@wickedweldingandfab.com