Thanks for the replies and the help!
I have somewhat of a follow up question, and probably should have started with this question. But i am now wondering if trying to get a job somewhere for the summer is the best route of me to improve in welding/fabrication skills.
I have been in a tech school for welding now for about 6 months. I have about 3 months left until I finish up the first year, it is a two-year program. We are not required to take any classes over the summer, however some classes are offered. I am also realizing just how many real-world welding skills are not being learned though. I was originally thinking it would be in my best interest and I would learn the most trying to get a welding job for the summer rather than taking classes, even if it was just a job sweeping the floor or shop helper or anything to get my foot in the door and at least start to get some experience in a job setting. I am now not sure if it would be better to try to take more welding classes over the summer, and work on my own projects at home and get some real-world experience through them. I know i would probably get more hood time taking classes. Although I feel i would learn more fabrication skills and real-world welding skills actually working somewhere for the summer. Any advice on which route would be the better or the two would be much appreciated, I really just want to learn as much as i can and am not sure which would be better.