Phaze Welding Technology Center provides a one of a kind training program at MAxT that prepares students to become AWS Certified welders. AWS provides the only certification that allows them to work as a welder anywhere in North America, opening up opportunities for higher wages and career advancement.
Led by instructor Dan Guillou, over 130 hours students learn how to do basic MIG, flux core and stick welds. Very little time is spent on a welding table - rather, the class is spent learning how to weld in a wide variety of conditions, inside and out. The students get practical projects to work on - from repair work to structural welding.
At the end of the course, students take the AWS certification course, which will qualify them for jobs in the building, transportation and sheet metal industries among others. Better yet, they will be able to work with the confidence they are fully prepared for any situation.
Earning Hours - The class is designed to be flexible - Students may earn hours toward the full 130 hours on Saturdays from 9am-3pm. Students may go at their own pace - it is not required to come for the full time or every Saturday.
Pricing - Phaze Welding Technology Center offers their classes at an extremely competitive price compared to other options for welding training, including from local community college two year programs. The opportunity is even better for members of MAxT Makerspace - which offers a $3000 discount plus the opportunity to use the space's equipment outside of training.
Non-members: $8000/130 hours
Members: $5000/130 hours
Monthly payment plans are available - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Learn the essentials of woodworking from a master craftsman. The class will focus on the teaching you the tools and techniques needed to create with wood - either by hand or using our extensive machine woodworking shop. This class is appropriate for beginner or novice woodworkers.
Each week will feature instruction on important skills - tool sharpening and maintenance, choosing the right wood, flattening boards, joinery, making your own tools and accessories, etc.
It will also include time for project work - starting with small guided projects such as making a toolbox. Over the last four sessions of the class, students will be able to choose their own projects to work on, and will receive one-on-one instruction on the unique elements of their project.
This session is open to anyone with some experience at jewelry making who would like to use the studio to do their own work, with the help and encouragement of other makers. The studio now offers a basic jeweler's fabrication setup, including hand tools and a soldering area.
In this class we will learn to program 'Arduino' micro-controllers using C, one of the most popular programming languages ever invented. We will learn how a program gets from a file on your PC into an Arduino, ready to run. By the end of this course, we will be able to write simple but useful programs that use sensors and can control a multitude of devices using the Arduino platform.
Some of the topics we will cover include:
- Downloading and installing the Arduino programming system on your PC.
- The basic syntax of the language (commands and necessary punctuation).
- Control flow: conditionals and loops.
- Typing to/from the terminal to your Arduino.
- Functions: re-usable blocks of code.
- Sensing and controlling external hardware: sensors, LED's, motors, switches, ...
- Arranging and keeping track of your data in memory.
Note: Acquiring skill at programming, as with playing a musical instrument, depends very much on practice; reading about it isn't sufficient. Students will get the most out of this course by practicing at home what we talk about in class. The best teacher of programming skill is our mistakes!
NOTE - The full class is 30 sessions long and will be made available in five class increments.
This series of classes taught by Joel Faucher is focused on learning the process, tools and techniques needed to bring ordinary pieces of granite to life with aesthetic appeal. By the end of the class, you will have carved a handmade bowl (soap dish, birdbath, fruit bowl, etc) and have the confidence of being able to expand on the craft.
Week 1 - Intro to safety, tools and learning to read a stone. We will discuss how to comfortably start cutting and which techniques are most effective. We'll go over how to change a blade, preventative measures to avoid cuts, safety gear to be used, etc. Joel will demonstrate on a large boulder the rudimentary aspects of sculpture. This piece will be a practice stone for the class to use before starting their first bowl. A stone will then be chosen to make easy cuts to learn how to level their piece. Students will then mark the stone and adjust accordingly by using a level to achieve perfection.
Week 2 - Starting the bowl. Angles will be discussed and demonstrated to learn how maximize blade life and avoid breaking or fractures. The old world craftsmanship of using a chisel and hammer will then be introduced. Joel will explain how to read the stone for clues on the easy ways to cut such as woodworking. Techniques will be learned in how to apply safe amounts of pressure, different blade types will be explored at the same time. By the end of the class the core shape of the project will be exposed.
Week 3 - Learning how to use advanced blades for smoothing and polishing. A “fly cup” wheel is now used to remove any visible lines made in the coring process. Free form sculpture is introduced as the stone itself begins to suggest shape and options to expose the natural flair found within each piece. Interesting and unique colors will be revealed from within the stone and the student now has an opportunity to become the artist. Joel will review and closely work with each individual to assist in talking out the options seen to work towards completion of the sculpture.
Week 4 - Work towards completion of bowl. Start hand sanding and polishing through several grits to achieve a finished result. Joel will demonstrate what each blade does for refining and adding depth and character. Some advanced techniques will be discussed and displayed for those ready to advance.
Week 5 and 6 - Open studio time. Students can consider adding depth to their bowls by inscribing detail if desired. Joel will also provide extra stone for those who want to start another project as time allows. Review of techniques, inspiration and preview to advanced class format. If students are able to catch on quicker than expected than we will start working larger concepts.
Join SCORE and acclaimed local artist Ann Trainor Domingue for this discussion of the Artist As Entrepreneur. If you've been struggling with the balancing act between creating your art and selling your art, this session is for you.
Ann will talk about her journey as an artist and entrepreneur. We'll talk about the ways artists can approach the marketplace, and you'll have the chance to ask and share throughout the evening.
In this beginner workshop, instructor Leeni Gravlin-Dunn will guide students through the creation of a fused fabric landscape based on a photograph.
The following skills will be covered:
-Letting your imagination guide your fabric choices and composition
-Techniques to achieve different landscape looks/textures
-Fusing fabric to a foundation
-Making a quilt sandwich
-Making a simple quilting design with a straight stitch and a regular machine foot
-Edge finishing with a zig-zag or bound edge
Finished size approximately 8"X10". All materials provided. If you have a favorite landscape photo or fabric you’d like to use, you’re welcome to bring it. For questions, contact Leeni at email@example.com
About the Instructor:
Leeni is a graduate of The Worcester Center for Crafts, Professional Craft Program, Fiber Concentration and earned a Master of Education from Fitchburg State University. She has been sewing garments since the age of 10, and has experience in clothing alterations (including bridal wear),quilting, quilt: repair/ history/dating / documentation/appraisal. Leeni is also experienced in knitting, crochet, needlepoint, cross stitch, weaving, dying and surface design.
There are 500 million monthly active users on Instagram. It has the highest engagement of any social media platform and yet, it can prove difficult to “find your tribe” and grow your account. If you’re just starting out on Instagram, or would like to learn some tips and tricks to increase your engagement, join Marketing Consultant, Stacey Nachajski of Great Brook Media, for an interactive workshop where we’ll discuss 3 strategies to maximize this visual platform for your business!
Bring a notebook, your smartphone or tablet, and your questions! This will be a 90 minute talk, with plenty of time for questions. Make sure you have the Instagram app installed on your device, as we’ll be digging right in and tweaking your profile in real time.
About the Instructor: Stacey Nachajski is a Digital Marketing Consultant and owner of Great Brook Media (greatbrookmedia.com.) She helps small business owners and their teams learn the ins and outs of promoting their business online. With a communications degree from Plymouth State University and a decade of experience in Public Relations and Advertising, Stacey’s heart is in social media. She truly enjoys learning all that she can about each platform, then breaking it down for business owners who don’t have the time to sift through it all. Offering one on one training, online programs and tailored in-person workshops, Stacey shares her systems and processes that simplify social media and email marketing to shorten the learning curve and maximize success.
Eddie Gomez and Rory Hurley will go through how to best incorporate video into your overall marketing efforts - whether it is short clips for instagram or longer videos you'd like to share on your website, facebook and other online marketing channels.
Special focus will be made on simple ways makers can set up their own DIY shots to get the best results, what to avoid, and when to hire professionals to either to produce your videos or edit together the footage you take.
About the Instructors: Eddie Gomez and Rory Hurley founded Drum with the mission to strengthen communities and local economies by helping businesses and non-profits share their story through high-quality affordable video. As a full service production company they handle everything from creative direction to filming to post-production. More information and examples of their work can be found at www.drumproductionstudio.com