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How to Become a

Welder

Also Known as:
Fitter/Welder, Welder-Fitter, Maintenance Welder, Fabricator, Welder, Welder/Fabricator, Fabrication Welder, Sub Arc Operator, Aluminum Welder, MIG Welder (Metal Inert Gas Welder)

What is a

Welder

A Welder takes various metal components and uses intense heat to fuse them together to form a final product. They use multiple welding machines to repair and maintain metal equipment and structures of various sizes according to diagrams, sketches and blueprints to determine operations, required materials and timeframes for projects. Welders set up, operate and maintain welding equipment. They must understand and implement personal and company safety measures by wearing specialized goggles, helmets and gloves.
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Why Become

Welder

U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
424,700
2028:
493,100
Percent Change:
3%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
48,800

Skills Needed

General Skills:
Operation Monitoring Active Listening Critical Thinking Operation and Control Speaking Complex Problem Solving Monitoring
Technical Skills:
Electronic mail software Enterprise resource planning ERP software Industrial control software Operating system software Spreadsheet software

What Will You Do as a

Welder

Operate welding equipment. Lay out parts to prepare for assembly. Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly. Assemble metal or plastic parts or products. Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications. Select production equipment according to product specifications. Ignite fuel to activate heating equipment. Adjust equipment controls to regulate gas flow. Determine metal or plastic production methods.
U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
424,700
professionals
2028:
493,100
professionals
Percent Change:
3%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
48,800

How Much Can You Earn?

Average Yearly Salary
$55,490
Salary graph visually displaying average yearly salary.
$32,470
$55,490
$84,240

What Education Do You need?

People starting in this career usually have
Less than High School Diploma
19
%
High School Diploma or Equivalent
48
%
Some College, but No Degree
23
%
Associate's Degree
8
%
Bachelor's Degree
2
%
Masters Degree
0
%
Doctorate or Professional Degree
0
%

Common Past Positions

General Labrorer Fabricator Machine Operator

Common Next Positions

Welding Manager
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