There is almost no limit to what a welder can do, especially since developments in welding technology continually improve accuracy, quality and versatility. Welding is, in fact, an increasingly high-tech skill. Welders are being trained to operate robots and other automated systems that use powerful lasers, electron beams and sometimes explosives to bond metals. Welding’s influence is so broad that many of the product designs and building techniques used today would not be possible without it. And with demand for skilled welders rising, there is a unique opportunity to learn and build a career that can be shaped around your interests.
There are many paths welding can take you on. From underwater welding to aerospace, to art or jewelry making and everything in between – even the team behind NASCAR superstars depend on skilled welders to make amazing things possible. Mastering the skill of welding opens an enormous variety of opportunity. Plus, the pay is not too shabby. Average wages are $17-25 an hour with more complex jobs, specialized certification, or supervisory roles offering higher salaries. The more types of welding you master and the more experience you gain the more you can earn. Even $100,000 a year is not out of the question.
Whether you’re looking to start a career in welding or just want to learn as a hobby to enable your creativity or build a DIY masterpiece, where do you start?
The American Welding Society (AWS) provides a searchable database of welding schools around the country allowing you to find the training program or beginner’s class that’s right for you. And the AWS now offers interactive online courses – from welding fundamentals to professional certifications – making it easier than ever for anyone to get started welding, from anywhere. The AWS even provides access to scholarships. Many companies and unions are also providing scholarships due to the shortage and high demand for trained welders.
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