How to Become a Successful Welding in The United States?

It has been predicted by the American Society that the U.S. will need more than 400,000 welders by the year 2025. The reason behind it is that the work of welders is playing a huge role in creating more than half of the country’s products whether it be a car, computers or cell phone.

Pursuing a welding career is enjoyable and realistic when interests align with the responsibilities and day-to-day operations of a welder. In this article we have mention some steps below to pursue a successful welding career:

Welding Career

1. First the aspirant need to research the different types of welding jobs

Before becoming a welder research, the different available welding options. It is required to learn which tasks and responsibilities of specific welding positions best align with the aspirant strengths and abilities. The responsibilities of various welding careers can vary for which different training or certifications are required.

Researching the tasks of each welding career entails understanding of the type of education and training that should pursue.

2. Pursue suitable welding courses

Once you’ve chosen the type of welding career you’d like to pursue, research what the educational requirements are for that specialty. Most welding careers require a high school diploma or GED. If your high school offers welding courses, take these to learn more about the various types of welding. It’s also best to take math courses that complement welding, like geometry, since welding often involves measuring dimensions.

3. Earn welding certificate

After receiving high school education, aspirants should pursue further education by enrolling in welding certificate programs or community college. Its time duration varies six months to two years and can help u build general knowledge of welding duties and responsibilities. Some welders continue their education and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Welding.

4. Gain hands-on experience

Once gained accreditation as a welder, aspirants should begin hands-on training through an apprenticeship for the specific type of welding. With an apprenticeship, you can shadow and complete supervised work to learn more about the regular schedule and responsibilities of a welder. After apprenticeship you can take experience and apply it to a new, full-time welding position.

5. Become a certified welder

Before working full time complete the specific type of welding aiming to pursue. The main certification employers will require is the basic AWS Certified Welder Certification. It will take an exam to earn this certification offered at many AWS Accredited Testing Facilities. It will consist of a written portion as well as an examination of welding skill and performance.

The BLS states that becoming a professional welder typically requires three qualifications:

  • GED or high school diploma
  • Vocational training
  • On-the-job training

6. Now begin the job search

After receiving the necessary education, training and experience start searching for welding positions. Highlight skills in your resume.

Professional Welder Qualifications

Professional Welding

1. High School

Students in high school can start preparing for a career in welding by taking classes in shop math, chemistry and physics.

2. Vocational School

Welding schools often offer programs with courses in blueprint reading, mechanical drawing and basic metallurgy. Students in formal welding training also typically receive instruction in fundamental welding processes such as these:

  • Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW)
  • Gas metal arc welding (GMAW)
  • Tungsten inset gas welding (TIG)

3. Employer Training

The type of training a welder receives from an employer depends on the nature of the job.For example, an entry-level structural welder hired to work on the construction of skyscrapers might receive more training in SMAW, while an entry-level pipe welder would practice GMAW more.

Welding Certification

Organizations within the welding industry offer generalized and specialized certifications. The American Welding Society provides a Certified Welder program for individuals in procedures employed by the chemical refinery, petroleum pipeline, structural steel and sheet metal industries.

This would be considered a more generalized certification for welders to validate their skills for positions in some of the main welding industries. The AWS also offers specialized certifications, such as its Certified Welding Inspector program.

Types of Welding Processes are:

  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW/MIG)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW/TIG)
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)

 Types of Welding Skills

If a welder is looking for work, employers can offer what they need by highlighting the right skills throughout the job process.

1. Mathematical Skills

Math skills help welders perform tasks more effectively, they can help job candidates stand out. The aspirant needs to be able to calculate the dimensions to be welded, read blueprints, and interpret sketches

Math will also come in handy when you cut and trim metal objects to specific dimensions. It includes Calculating Dimensions, Interpreting Sketches, Reading Blueprints, Spatial Reasoning, Understanding 2-D and 3-D Diagrams.

2. Physical Abilities

Physical abilities can help make you more attractive to employers. The aspirant needs to be able to lift, bend, twist, and stoop to put together or dismantle large objects such as automobiles and aircraft. It also needs steady hands and grip to hold a torch in place for long periods of time.

  • Physical Endurance
  • Depth Perception
  • Close Vision
  • Hand-eye Coordination
  • Lifting Considerable Weight

3. Administrative

Welding is a physical job, but administrative tasks are part of the profession as well. Welders need to be able to document their work, have good organizational skills, and maintain inventory, ordering more supplies when necessary. Welders also need to be able to plan and manage projects. This might involve working alone or working effectively with a team.

  • Documenting Work
  • Inventorying Supplies
  • Meeting Deadlines
  • Organizational
  • Planning Projects
  • Prioritizing

mig welding

4. Technology and Tools

Welders should be able to clamp broken metal pieces together and melt and apply solder along adjoining edges of work pieces. They should also be able to monitor the quality of welds and components, repair leaks, and use grinders or other metal finishers. Also welders should be able to set up fixtures and machine tools and test coils for air leaks.

  • Brazing Torch
  • Robotic Welding Equipment
  • Fixtures
  • Setting Up Machine Tools
  • Grinders
  • Metal Finishers

Conclusion

People have a wide range of incomes depending on different factors, including what country you’re in, your experience, the welding field, and your certifications. Welders in American underwater welders can earn up to 300,000 dollar a year.

Through the article you have seen, welding is a great career choice for those who love a bit of heat and getting their hands dirty. So, if you enjoy the career you can join it!

Disha Verma
Disha Verma is a Mass Media student from International School of Business & Media (ISBM). She lives in Maharastra, India and loves to write articles about Internet & Social Media. When she is not writing, you can find her hanging out with friends in the coffee shop downstreet or reading novels in the society park.