Welders work in a wide variety of industries including railroad, machinery manufacturing, auto manufacturing, and construction. Basically anywhere metal needs to be permanently joined there’s a welder involved, using one of the 100’s of different welding processes. The equipment they use creates flame or electrical currents, which produces heat and bonds the metals together.

A Welder’s Job Description Includes:

  • Studying the specifications laid out in blueprints or sketches
  • Determining the size of the welding project
  • Measuring out the projects dimensions
  • Taking into account the type of structure in need of welding
  • Using the welding equipment to bond together pieces of metal
  • Making sure the equipment and metals do not overheat
  • Maintaining all the machinery to ensure it’s always working properly

To be a successful welder, you need qualities such as physical strength and stamina; it’s a very hands-on job. Spatial relations and technical skills are extremely important, since you’ll be using diagrams and equipment for precision. Find a local welding school.

Training to Become a Welder

Most employers will expect you to have either a high school diploma or a GED. Not only will you need technical training, you’ll also have on-the-job training. There are a few different ways you can train for a career in welding including:

  • High school technical education
  • Community college
  • Trade school program
  • On-the-job training
  • Military service

Having a background in the following subjects will be helpful in your welding career:

  • Blueprint reading
  • Shop mathematics
  • Metallurgy
  • Mechanical drawing
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Electricity

If you take trade school or community college welding certificate program it normally takes under 1 year to earn your welding certification, which most employers will expect. You can also take a trade school program such as an Associate’s Degree in Welding Technology, which will take about 2 years to complete.

2023 Median Salary Information

Percentile wage estimates for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.71 $ 20.56 $ 23.53 $ 28.80 $ 35.08
Annual Wage $ 36,830 $ 42,760 $ 48,940 $ 59,900 $ 72,970