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#WhyWeWeld: Gabriel Castelon

Gabriel Castelon is a Brazil-based welder who specializes in TIG welding. After a few years in the trade, Gabriel became a welding instructor at the same school where he took welding courses as a beginner. We interviewed Gabriel to learn more about his work and his stunning welds.

Here's our conversation:

We’d love it if you could tell us about your experience as a welder. How long have you been welding for?

I had my first contact with welding as a child -- my grandfather had a small workshop and had a machine that only welded coated electrodes, but at the time I had no interest. 

In 2015, I took my first welding course, and in 2016 I started welding professionally, so I've been working for approximately 5 years.

What inspired you to start working as a welder?

Actually, I didn't have an inspiration -- I was looking for a profession that was within my reach at that time. I went to the best vocational school in town, and I chose welding!

How did you to learn to weld and long did it take you to learn the basics of welding?

I learned through welding courses. I first completed the GMAW process, then SMAW and finally my passion GTAW! In all, I completed approximately one and a half years of courses.

Can you describe your first job as a welder and the work you do at the moment? 

I got a job at a great company in the city, started as an assistant and soon became a welder. I worked for 5 years at this company, until I received the invitation to be a welding instructor at the same school where I learned to weld, and this is my profession today.

Many of your welds look picture perfect! We'd love to know how you mastered the trade. What tips do you have for someone who wants to improve their welding skills?

Thanks for the compliment! I believe that every professional in the welding industry should know the theoretical part, and not just go deeper into practice. 

A good adjustment of the machine, a little knowledge of the material to be welded, the consumable and especially cleaning helps a lot in welding. And of course, a lot of training!

Finally, do you have any advice you’d like to share with a young person who is interested in working as a welder?

The advice I would give to someone is to be patient. One step at a time -- welding requires a lot of training.

You will not become a good professional over night. Study hard, be humble enough to ask the most experienced, train hard, and believe in your potential. If you really want something, you get it!

Thank you to Gabriel for answering our questions. Be sure to follow him on Instagram

8 comments

  • Faustino Canoi: January 17, 2022

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  • Sandip Verma: January 17, 2022

    Hi sir

  • Zackary carlson: January 04, 2022

    Trying to learn how to weld friend of Miles teach me a little bit trying to get some money to buy a welder with a plasma cutter TIG welded I get SSI for learning disability

  • Kevin Thomson: January 04, 2022

    I’d LOVE to See Gabriel laying down some rod in a Video! That would be WELL worth the cost of entry! He HAS to have a steady hand and he also must have some kind of rotation base so he doesn’t have to work his way around his work? Thanks for sharing! Very INSPIRATIONAL!

  • Oldmanjeffers: January 04, 2022

    Looks impressive, but looks are not everything. It’s my opinion that walking the cup is 80% show. I teach my students to run stringers, to focus on strength and penetration. Walking the cup is ok for cap passed but in a standard fillet? Why…
    This welder has skills but if I’m paying someone to weld for me I want to see the correct weld preformed for the correct fit up.
    Walking to cup to weld a perf screen to a pick up tube not only is a waist of time and materials but a potential over heat issue.
    Just keeping it real.

  • Ronald : January 04, 2022

    Hi yes welding I wonder what is best helmet lot more safe shade glass for protection eyes flashing I was use safety sunglasses with helmet welding I learn from college teacher suggest for more safe So what your suggestion about helmet I can order buy new one I had old helmet with glasses lift open small one

  • Frank Rose: January 04, 2022

    The key to welding took me out of poverty. I grew up in a family of nine children. My father was in the military with a little pay, my mother did not work so you can imagine what that was like. I grew up to be the most successfully paid sibling within my family. Over 30 years on the last job as a Welding Instructor. See Atlantic Technical College.

  • FRANK : January 04, 2022

    You sound a like you took the correct approach. I must say that your technique make you master the welds.
    I have just retired as a Welding Instructor, 47 years welding and 43 years as a Welding Instructor. The welding field has been and rollaway be in my blood. I just brought a Tig 250P AC/DC and a Cut-55 D’S plasma cutter. I DOUBT I WILL BE AT IT AGAIN. It’s a love that has been in my blood and runs thru my vains.

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