Do you enjoy working with your hands? Do you have a mind made for math and technology? Do you want a lifelong career that doesn’t require a four-year degree? If you answered “yes” to these questions, a career in welding might be just what you’re looking for.
Welding is the skill of joining two pieces of metal by fusing them together with heat. The applications of welding are vast. More than 50 percent of U.S. products require some kind of welding – cars, airplanes, buildings and even artistic sculptures. And because so many industries use welding, there is a high demand for trained welders. But you may be wondering, what it takes to become a welder?
Requirements for a Welding Career
Technically, you don’t need anything but a high school diploma to get a job as a welder. But only a few companies are willing to hire an inexperienced welder. Most of the time, you will be expected to have a welding certification or degree from a trade school. Fortunately, these programs can be completed in less than one year. Often, you will also be asked to complete on-the-job skills assessments, so that your future employer is certain you know what you’re doing.
The future of welding lies with robotics and laser technology. So, technical aptitude and training is a big plus if you are considering a career in welding. Those who are able to keep up with changing technologies will have an advantage in the job market.
What’s It Like to Work as a Welder?
Working conditions for welders can vary greatly. Some welders travel all over the world; some even travel with cruise ships to manage repairs while at sea. On the other hand, many welders stay in one place.
Welders often focus on one type of industry or service. Some examples include:
- Communications equipment;
- Energy equipment manufacturing;
- Truck & trailer manufacturing & repair; and
- Structural welding.
This gives you a lot of freedom to choose how, when and where you want to work as a welder.
Hard Work, But Worth It
There’s no doubt that welding is a demanding career. From the physical requirements to long hours, it can be exhausting work. But many people find it well worth the hard work. Salaries for welders can range from about $26,000 to $100,000 or more, depending on the industry and environment. But perhaps more importantly, welding is an industry with a high demand that offers flexibility and independence.
Clients of Aventure Staffing currently have job opportunities in welding, manufacturing, engineering and more. Learn more about our hiring process, and start your next big career move today!