The prospects for welding jobs should be excellent in the near future. The idea of joining two pieces of metal together to manufacture automobiles, planes or ships is enticing to many adults. Welding requires steady hands and a the knowledge of how to apply modern technology in a creative way.
Welding jobs can be found in agriculture, construction and architectural and structural metals. Welders are people who don’t mind getting dirty and have pride in their workmanship. Some welding positions require general certifications in areas such as inspections and robotics. About 65% of all welding jobs are found in the area of manufacturing, with a heavy concentration in fabricated metal products, transportation equipment, machinery, architectural and structural metals, and construction. Two of the most popular welding careers are underwater welders and boilermakers.
Underwater welding combines welding and underwater diving. Welding jobs for underwater welders include working on oil platforms in the open ocean and in shipyards, repairing ships hulls among other tasks. Underwater welders are expected to master a number of skills, including fitting steel patches, concrete stripping and beveling. Salaries for underwater welding jobs vary, depending on the type of job and the number of projects they complete.
Boilermakers are responsible for making, installing and repairing boilers or other types of large containers that hold liquids and gases. A boilermaker’s duties include inspecting pressure gauges and valves, supervising the cleaning and maintenance of boiler parts using welding equipment and blow torches. Boilermakers should also have the ability to read diagrams and blueprints. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for boilermaker is $56,000.
Welding jobs can also come from diverse fields such as metal art and sculpture, aluminum welding, cross-country pipeline construction, motor sports such as Nascar and motocross, robotics applications.
Applied welding areas are used to increase energy efficiency, improve weld quality, increase productivity in manufacturing, improve portability, reduce downtime and reduce welding costs.
Being a welder requires hands-on training. Welders and boilermakers are required to complete a formal apprenticeship or they may enroll in a certification program at a vocational or technical school. The military utilizes welding in many ways and is also a good source for welding training. It is also possible to find welding classes and training opportunities online.
Welders in the military perform various duties. They weld, braze or solder parts together and they repair automotive and ship parts. Shipboard welding includes installing and repairing pipes and vents, boilers and engine blocks. Aircraft work is a more delicate skill, particularly for jets and other high-velocity vehicles. Welders working with aircraft need to be very precise in their work and know how to follow designs and schematics perfectly to ensure all of the moving parts of an aircraft do their jobs correctly.
Once a person has the training and experience under their belt, an experienced welder can work with steel, titanium, and plastics. They will have mastered various welding techniques and types of applications.
Prospects for welding jobs will vary with the welder’s skill level. Welders trained in the latest technologies and innovations should have good prospects. Welders without up-to-date training may face stiff competition for job openings. All welders are more likely to get a good welding job if they are willing to relocate and receive additional training.