Welding Jobs

All about welding jobs

Welding is the process of joining materials-metal or thermoplastics by causing coalescence through the fabrication process. Welding melts work pieces and adding a filler material to join these work pieces together strongly and securely.

Therefore, welding is most suitable for people who like to use their hands to build and construct metal structures as welding jobs are a specialized talent developed by those who enter into this trade.

Welded material is used for the manufacturing of engineering equipment, building structures, vehicles and machines. There are many types of welding done for a variety of purposes such as arc welding, resistance welding, laser welding, ultrasonic welding and friction welding.

Whether you enjoy working with your hands, traveling the world, inspecting and analyzing things, working with numbers, communicating or inspiring others, there is a great opportunity and demand in welding job employments and career advancement.

As the amount of construction and manufacturing increases year by year, welders are bound to have greater employment and career opportunities. Welding requires a high level of skill. Therefore, good welding operators are high in demand and are able to command higher wages. Welders have a variety of ways that they can work.

Firstly they contract themselves out to companies or they can even start their own welding business. Welders can also opt to cater to niche markets by specializing in certain types of welding such as underwater welding. Apart from being welders, they can also become welding inspectors or supervisors for large companies.

Qualfications and Positions

A welding job requires a welder to have an understanding of building metal structures and frameworks as well as read and interpret engineering drawings and blueprints. Welders also need to know how to fabricate shapes using geometric development techniques using a wide rage of welding processes with artistic ability.

A welders ranking depends on their level of training and qualification. A Certificate III qualification enables the welder to be considered as a tradesperson whereas a Certificate IV makes the welder an engineering technician.

Training to become a welder is done under a four year apprenticeship program called the New Apprenticeship Scheme whereby the trainee or apprentice undergoes paid employment while learning welding skills. Training can be obtained from vocational and technical institutes and even community colleges.

Some of the schools that offer welding training are Ferris State University Michigan; Hobart Institute of Welding Technology in Ohio; LeTourneau University in Texas; Pennsylvania College of Technology in Pennsylvania, all in America; Holmesglen Institute of TAFE in Australia, Canadian Working Divers Institute in Canada, Petrosult & Unimart in Pakistan, Shanmuga Industrial Training Center and Institute of Safety Management in India, and Alexandria University and Ain Shams University in Egypt.

Positions that a welder can fill in are Welder Helper, Welder Mechanic, Field Service Welder, Welder Fitter, Journeyman Welder Fabricator, Welder Training Leader, Robotic Welder Programmer, Spot Welder and Fabricator Welder.

A welder’s salary can start at $39,000 at a welder helper position and rise up to $65,000 a year for a journeyman welder fabricator position but it highly depends on factors such as type of employer, welding specialty, job duties, experience level and location. 

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