Welding Careers

Are you considering a welding career? Do you enjoy working with your hands, building things from scratch, and having the satisfaction of a job well done? Are you willing to learn, and work hard toward becoming the best at your profession? If so, you might just have a future as a welder.

Welders are in demand, and projections are that welding careers will be among the most sought after professions in the future, as the construction and manufacturing industries grow and expand in the U.S. and elsewhere.

And welding is skilled profession that can’t be outsourced to another country, so job security is another attractive feature of a welding career.

So what do welders do, exactly? At it’s most basic form, welding is the most common way of permanently bonding two piece of metal together. This is accomplished by heating the metal parts, which then melts and fuses them together in a permanent bond. Welding is used in thousands of manufacturing processes, from automobiles to airplanes, skyscrapers, motorcycles, large appliances, bicycles, bridges, underground pipelines, and many more.

A welding career has applications in a host of different industries, from manufacturing, construction, and even auto racing and custom motorcycle fabrication. Who hasn’t seen one of those reality shows on TV where a Pipe welder with a welding career on the risetechnican is welding the parts of a custom chopper frame together? Welding is everywhere, and the demand for this career should only increase into the middle of the Twenty-First century and beyond.

There are over one-hundred welding processes in use today, and the method used is typically determined by the materials to be welded, and the environment where the work will occur. By far the most common and adaptable form of welding is arc welding. This is the type of welding being used when you see a construction worker welding the beams of a tall building together. In arc welding, a high voltage electrical current produces an “arc,” which creates enough heat at the point of contact to melt and bond the metals together.

Make no mistake, despite the opportunity for a high-paying job, a welding career is not without its hazards. Welders are typically exposed to a varity of hazards, from molten metal, to dangerous gasses, to the intense light of the welding arc iteself. And construction sites that provide a host of hazards unto themselves.

This is why welders always don a variety of protective equipment, from the welding mask that protects their face and eyes, to protective clothing, to safety shoes that sheild their feet from falling objects. Because of these hazards, welders often suffer more work-related injuries than most other occupations, but the risks can be minimized by training and the use of the proper safety equipment.

So there you have it, a brief overview of a welding career as a possible profession. If this type of work appeals to you, and you’re willing to go to school and learn, it might just be the secure, high paying career you’ve been waiting for.


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