How To Become A Welder – Resources You Need Before You Start

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A Collection of Pages About Becoming A Welder

How To Become A Welder

If you’re on the creative side and like to welding and working with metal, then a job as a welder may be a career option for you.

As a welder, you may be working in the shop and at times you may have to work outside the shop, for example, if a steel building is under construction you may need to work on-site job for a few weeks welding beams.

Welding requires physical labor including a lot of bending and lifting as well as skilled labor. It also requires a lot of detailed work and set up before you start welding. Your welds must be seamless, strong, and accurate. There are many times you may be welding different types of metal and thickness of material that require many different types of welding material and techniques.

Depending on your location there are different types of certification. A lot of times you start off as an apprentice. Naturally becoming a certified welder opens more opportunities in the field.

With a lot of mass-produced factory jobs, welding is automated performed by robots. As mentioned in the example above with new steel construction it doesn’t make sense to set up robots, therefore, parts that don’t come in already welded are welded on site.

Some of the duties may include:

  • Reading blueprints and executing projects according to those plans.
  • Using many different types of welding techniques including brazing, MIG and TIG welding.
  • Identifying the best type of weld for the job at hand.
  • Prepare surfaces for welding.
  • Setting up the job so that welding is strong and accurate.
  • Removing previous welds and rewelding.
  • Fabricate and assemble metal structures .
  • Using a variety of different welders.
  • Use cutters, shapers, and various measuring tools.
  • Effectively communicate with project managers.

Some of the Industries you may work in can include:

  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Industrial Machinery
  • Equipment Repair
  • Structural Metals Manufacturing
  • Automotive

You want to make sure you are interested in welding. You don’t want to get into a field that you’re not interested in just because there is a demand for work or you’re just looking at the money. You want to get into a field that you enjoy because when you’re interested in the work you do, you have a better chance of succeeding and excelling in that field.

Before going to school and investing time and money to get certified as a welder, I would suggest shadowing a welder in order to get hands-on experience and know what you’re getting into before investing in this career. Even if you spent a couple of weeks volunteering, you’re getting an idea of what’s involved in this type of work and can decide if you want to pursue becoming a welder or not.

This post contains an abundance of resources for someone interested in becoming a welder. Take some time to go through the resources in order to gain an idea of what you’re in for.

Sections In This Post Include:

  • How To Become A Welder
  • Trends, Statistics and Job Overview For A Welder
  • What To Know Before Becoming a Welder
  • A Day In The Life of A Welder
  • Traits of A Good Welder
  • Salary For A Welder
  • Getting The Job
  • Resume Tips For A Welder
  • Job Interview Questions For A Welder
  • The Job Interview
  • Tools For A Welder
  • Associations
  • Glossary and Terms Related To Welder
  • Welder Quotes
  • Industry Related Trade Publications
  • Welding Blogs
  • Welders To Follow Online
  • Famous Welders
  • TV Shows and Movies Related To  Welders
  • Welding Job Opportunities
  • Self Employment Ideas Related To Welder
  • Books Related to Welding Careers
  • The Latest About Welding Careers
  • Latest News Related To Welding Careers
  • Tweets Related To Welding Careers
  • Videos Related To Welding Careers

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How To Become A Welder

In this section, you’ll find a collection of resources for an overview of what it takes to become a Welder including answers to questions like; what type of degree do I need, educational institutions, how many years it will take, and where to start.

How to Become a Certified Welder: Career, Salary & Training (2019 Updated)

Professional Welding: How to Become a Welder and How Much Do They Make? – Rate My Welder

How to Become a Welder – Midwest Technical Institute

How to Become a Welder and Make It a Successful Career – Refrigeration School, Inc. (RSI)

Welding Education Requirements and Career Information

How to Become a Welder in 5 Steps

How To Become A Welder – Career Igniter

Welding School Guide: How to Become a Certified Welder – Tulsa Welding School

How to become a welder ‐ CareerExplorer

Trends, Statistics and Job Overview For A Welder

This section offers an overview of what you can expect from this career. Spend some time on the resources to get an overview of what to anticipate from this career. Included in these resources you may find trends, statistics, forecast, and historical information.

If you’re going to spend time and money to get into this career, you want to make sure that you’re getting into something that will be around in a few years.

For example, you don’t want to get into a dying career. Why would you invest time and money to get into something that might not be around in a few years? For more on dying careers see “Dying Professions You Should Avoid

Below are the resources for this section:

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers: Occupational Outlook Handbook:: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Welder: Job Outlook and Career Profile

2019 Outlook for the Welding Industry | Advanced Career Institute

The Future Remains Bright for Skilled Welders | American Welding Society Education Online

What To Know Before Becoming a Welder

This section offers tips and insights for issues you should know about before investing time and money to get into this career. A lot of the tips come from people who have experience and reveal the issues they have experienced. Look at the resources I found interesting for this section.

Top 6 Things To Know If You’re Going to Study Welding | Welding Supplies from IOC

Thinking About a Welding Career? Here’s What You Need to Know | Charter College

A Day In The Life of A Welder

In this section, people share their work experiences. You can get an overview of what your life could be like if you decide to pursue this career.

Keep in mind that everyone’s experience differs. But it’s always good to get different points of view that may reveal issues you haven’t considered.

Have a look at the resources I have selected that offer an overview of what your day may be like if you choose this career.

A Day in the Life of a Professional Welder | Tulsa Welding School

Walk me through a day in the life of a welder. : Welding

A Day In The Life of Welders, Cutters and Welder Fitters

Traits of A Good Welder

This section offers the traits associated with someone who is a professional and successful in this career.

The Qualities of a Good Welder

3 Traits Every Successful Welder Has

Personality Traits of a Successful Welder | Tulsa Welding School

Differences Between a Good Welder and a GREAT Welder

Salary For A Welder

In this section, you can get an idea of the pay you can expect if you decide to choose this career.

Keep in mind different areas of the country offer different salaries and pay is related to the cost of living in the area. Another key issue is the demand for and competition for this type of work.

Check the “Job Opportunities” near the end of this page and you may be able to find the demand and pay for this job in your area.

How much can you make as a Welder

Average Welder Salaries in the United States | Indeed.com

Q: What Is the Average Welder Salary by State in 2019?

Welder Hourly Pay | PayScale

Getting The Job

This section includes going through the hiring process and how to prepare for your job interview that will increase your chances of landing the job.

Job Preparation Resources You Need To Get That Job

Resume Tips For A Welder

In the section, you’ll find tips and resources related to creating a resume for this career.
Submitting your resume is the first part of the job application process.

It’s also one of the most important steps of the process because it’s the first thing that a hiring manager sees. If your resume is weak or has red flags, you will have no chance to get an interview.

Have a look at the samples provided that will help you create a resume to grab the attention of the hiring manager.

Best Welder Resume Example | LiveCareer

Welder Resume Samples | JobHero

Welder Resume Examples and Templates 2019 | Indeed.com

Welder Resume Sample & Template | Monster.ca

Job Interview Questions For A Welder

If you knew the questions that were going to be asked during a job interview, you would have more time to think about the answers and prepare for those questions.

This section offers some of the common questions that are asked during an interview for this type of career.

Take some time to go over them so that you’ll have time before your interview to consider your answers to questions that may be asked during your interview.

The 21 Most Common Fitter Welder Interview Questions – LeJeune Steel Blog

5 Welder Interview Questions and Answers | Indeed.com

15 Welder Fitter Interview Questions | MockQuestions

The Job Interview

This section offers tips and insights to help you have a successful interview. If you don’t do well during the interview, your chances of getting the job are next to none.

Take the time to go over the resources I have selected for this section that can help you have a successful interview and land the job.

5 Tips for a Welding Job Interview – Tulsa Welding School

4 Secrets to a Successful Welding Interview

Tools For A Welder

This section offers tools and resources that can help you perform your job effectively. Take some time to go over the resources and see if any of these tools can help make your job easier and more productive.

Useful Welding Tools and Accessories – Kings of Welding

Welding Tools and Equipment For Sale | Supplies and Accessories for Welders

Welding Supplies | Northern Tool + Equipment

Welding Tools, Tables & Accessories | Arc-Zone

Welding Equipment, Supplies and Tools – WeldingOutfitter.com

Welding Equipment and Tools – Grainger Industrial Supply

Top 10 Essential Welding Tools List | The Welding Handbook

Associations

The resources below offer associations related to this career.
Take some time to go over the resources for an overview of the benefits you can receive by becoming a member of the available association related to this career.

Welding.Com » Welding Organizations

Glossary and Terms Related To Welder

With any career you choose, it’s always a good idea to have a strong knowledge of the terminology used in the industry.

Have a look at the resources I have selected that up for terms you need to be familiar with if you are pursuing this career.

Welding Term Definitions and Glossary from PraxairDirect.com

A-Z of Welding Terms – Welding Glossary | Westermans Blog

Welder Quotes

This section offers available quotes online related to this career. Quotes are a great way that people convey a perspective in a few words.

Have a look at the resources below for popular quotes related to this career.

Welder Sayings and Welder Quotes | Wise Old Sayings

26 Welding Quotes and Sayings Sayings Point

Industry Related Trade Publications

Industry trade publications are a great source of information for news related to the industry you’re getting into.

These publications go way beyond your job functions, but they do give you an overview and knowledge you can use to your advantage.

Have a look at the trade publications I have found related to this career.

Free The Welder Magazine

About The WELDER

Welding Magazines Archives – JoeWelder

Publications : American Welding Society

Magazine WELDER’S WORLD

4 Welding Publications You Should Know | Tulsa Welding School

Welding Productivity – A magazine for fabricators with welding operations

Welding Blogs

Below you’ll find a collection of blogs I have selected that are related to this career and will help you stay up-to-date and in touch with your industry.

Staying in touch with industry news makes you more knowledgeable, and this knowledge will show in your job.

Have a look at the list below to follow the blogs that appeal to you.

The fabricator

The Weld.com Blog

Welding Tips And Projects Blog

Major Welding | Vancouver Welder | Blog – 10 MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR WELDING STUDENTS

Welders To Follow Online

This section list professional you can follow online and benefit from the tips, insights, and advice they have to offer.

Have a look at the list to see who you want to follow and build your connections related to your career choice.

Welders – Twitter Search

Famous Welders

The section offers information on people that have done well in this career. Have a look to view the insights, successes, and contributions made by others in this field. Maybe you’ll find some great tips and inspiration.

5 Very Important Persons in Welding – Did You Know? ~ Vietnam Welder

Notable Figures in Welding – Tulsa Welding School

Celebrity Welders – Tulsa Welding School

The Internet’s Most Famous Welders | Welding Supplies from IOC

TV Shows and Movies Related To  Welders

You can learn a lot from TV shows and movies. I learn a lot from watching. Also, there is a lot of research that goes into good movies, so you get a good overview while you are enjoying the show.

Have a look at the resources for TV shows and movies I have selected for this section.

TV Shows > Welding TV Shows

“Modern Marvels” Welding (TV Episode 2007) – IMDb

Down and Dirty Welding Tips

Welding Job Opportunities

This section allows you to see current job openings related to this career choice. You’ll get an idea of the job duties required as well as the pay.

Take some time to go over the opportunities to get an overview of today’s demand for this type of job.

Monster.com

Indeed.com

LinkedIn.com

Self Employment Ideas Related To Welder

This section offers ideas for work in this field but as your own boss. You can provide information and services.

Each idea links to another page that goes into detail with resources that can give you a head start in this industry. Have a look at the ideas below.

Become a blogger and cover topics related to welding – See Our Page On How To Become A Professional Blogger

Provide consulting services related to welding – See Our Page On How To Become A Consultant

Become an affiliate marketer and sell products and services related to welding – See Our Page On How To Become An Affiliate Marketer

Become an instructional designer and provide educational courses that can benefit a welder – See Our Page On Becoming An Instructional Designer

Books Related to Welding Careers

By looking through the table of contents you can gain a lot of insight as to the areas you may want to look into that you haven’t considered.

Have a look at the links below to view the books available related to Welding Careers

Books From Amazon Related To Welding Careers

Google Book Search Related To Welding Careers

The Latest About Welding Careers

In this section, you’ll find the latest information related to Welding Careers, including the latest news, Google search results, videos, what people are tweeting, and more.

I recommend spending some time on the news, tweets, and any available videos that can offer you the latest on what’s happening.

Google Searches

Latest Search Results Related To Welding Careers

Latest Scholar Search Results Related To Welding Careers

Latest Image Search Results Related to Welding Careers

News

Latest News Related To Welding Careers

Twitter

Tweets Related To Welding Careers

YouTube

Videos Related To Welding Careers

Top Welding & Fabrication YouTube Channels