#WeldersofIG: @Wicked_Welding

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.  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 sorts… It started with my obsession with legos and now has me welding and building my company. 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 hadn’t had the opportunity to try in my dad’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 didn’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. 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 I’ve been doing a lot of short circuit mig on a production job that the parts are being used for convertible Jeep tops. 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. 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! There’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 can’t communicate when things are late or wrong. Attitude is everything, be positive. 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