Meet Mike Rizzo

Mike is a welder, bladesmith, metal artist, and the founder of Muffin Man Metalworks. Based in Connecticut, Mike started out in the heavy equipment repair and fabrication industry through an apprenticeship program in and out of high school. After serving in the Army for 4 years, he returned to the trade and developed a much deeper interest in the welding and fabricating side of it all, where it activated a creative side he didn’t even know existed. Since then, he’s been blending all things metal work-related together to further feed his curiosity and strengthen his skills.

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Custom RTT Welding Art Giveaway

We’ve teamed up with Sean Flottmann aka @dabswellington whose created a one-of-a-kind, 18×24 custom welded & framed piece of Rock the Trades metal wall art! You won’t want to miss this giveaway — read on for details…

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Meet JoseyWeldz

Josey is an African American Welding Instructor with a passion for serving others. Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Josey is actively working to make change in her community through teaching welding and positivity to her students, which includes a new event she started called “A Weekend of Welding” to help make the skilled trade accessible to all.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Welding Safety

Welding machines like MIG and TIG welders and tools (like plasma cutters) can present many hazards to both those actively at work and those in the vicinity. It is crucial to be aware of all the risks and dangers of welding, and understand what welding safety precautions need to be taken to protect welders and those around them. The good news is that following welding safety rules isn’t hard. In this guide we’ll help you understand all of the major aspects of staying safe while welding.

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Custom RTT/BTW Welding Helmet Giveaway

We’ve teamed up with Barbie the Welder and painter Kate Cook to create a one-of-kind, Rock the Trades/Barbie the Welder welding helmet. (BIG thanks to our friends at Miller for donating the helmet that we customized!) You won’t want to miss this giveaway — read on for details…

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Top Boilermaker Schools and Certifications

Becoming a boilermaker is a great way to set yourself up with a lifelong career. But to become a boilermaker, you’ll need some training. That’s why we’ve put together the top boilermaker schools and certification options so that you can figure out the right place to train for this career.

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