What is Welding?
Welding is the process of joining materials—typically metals—together using high heat. Chances are that the car you drive, the bridge you crossed, and the building you work in are all held together in part by welding. And it's not just manufacturing work: welders work everywhere from outer space to the bottom of the ocean.
Huge demand for skilled welders
A growing national shortage of welders means lots of job opportunities and room for career growth.
High pay, short training period
You can earn a certificate and qualify for an entry level job in as little as 3 months. Pay varies depending on the industry, but specialty welders—like those who work underwater—can earn up to $100/hour.
Choose your industry
Cars, bridges, planes—pretty much everything we manufacture needs welding to hold it together. That means there are opportunities across construction, automotive, aerospace, military, and much more. But it's not just manufacturing. Welders even travel with cruise ships and NASCAR pit crews. So you can choose an industry that fits with your interests and lifestyle.
Is Welding right for me?
High-paying, stable, with lots of demand: welding sounds great, right? But it also requires focus and sometimes extreme environments, so it's not a career for everyone. Ask yourself:
- Do you prefer working with your hands to sitting at a desk?
- Do you have good hand-eye coordination?
- Do you have great attention to detail? Are you able to focus for long periods of time?
- Can you tolerate working in extreme environments?
How would I get started in Welding?
Most entry-level jobs and apprenticeships require some previous experience. Start your welding career with a certificate or degree from a trade school. This will give you the hands-on, practical training that employers want to see from job applicants.
The most straightforward path is to obtain a certificate or degree from a trade school that will get your foot in the door.
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