Welding & Hot Works


The Hot Works space offers a wide range of metalworking equipment and training to help new users learn the essentials of welding, jewelry making, cutting, and designing while providing experienced users with the tools they need to successfully complete projects in these areas. Through the Hot Works space, members can gain access to a variety of welding systems (GTAW, GMAW, SMAW, and Oxy-Acetylene), a fully equipped jewelry-making workbench, and a variety of cutting methods that can accommodate sheet metal as well as tube cutting/coping. 


While the staff at the Bechtel Center do their best to create a safe and friendly environment for all users, we still rely on our users to follow safe practices within the facility. These precautions are especially important within the Hot Works space, as the hazards can be fairly severe and ubiquitous. 

We expect all of our users to abide by the following behaviors: 

  • Compliance with PPE requirements: While in the Hot Works space, users are expected to wear closed-toed shoes, cotton pants (without tears or rips), welding jackets, safety glasses, either a welding hood or 5-shade shield (depending on the work being done), and gloves.
  • Mindfulness of surroundings: Because of the multitude of hazards within the space, users should be mindful of their surroundings at all times. This is especially true when multiple users are in the space at the same time, in which case users are also expected to communicate important safety information to those around them when necessary. For this reason, earbuds should never be worn in this space; alternatively, the use of hearing protection is both acceptable and encouraged.
  • Communication: In addition to communicating with those around them in regards to safety conditions, users should also communicate with Hot Works peer mentors if they are unsure of a situation or process. The decisions of peer mentors should be respected, as their intention is always to ensure safety first, learning second, and the completion of your project third. 
  • Respect for the space: Safety starts at an individual level. Respect the space and others in it by keeping it clean and organized. This will allow other users to be able to find the equipment they need and reduce the possibility of unpredictable hazards in the space as a whole. While equipment damage over time is inevitable, users are expected to treat the equipment kindly so that other students have the same opportunities they have.