Welders and Welding Technicians

Welders operate a variety of special equipment to join metal parts together permanently, usually using heat and sometimes pressure. They work on constructing and repairing automobiles, aircraft, ships, buildings, bridges, highways, appliances, and many other metal structures and manufactured products. Welding technicians are the link between the welder and the engineer and work to improve a wide variety of welding processes. As part of their duties, they may supervise, inspect, and find applications for the welding processes. Approximately 352,250 welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers are employed in the United States. 


Quick Facts
Duties Operate a variety of special equipment to join metal parts together permanently, usually using heat and sometimes pressure (welder); provide assistance to welders (technician)
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Completion of postsecondary training or an apprenticeship is required
Skills
  • Building/Trades
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Welding Supervisor, or Inspector, or or Instructor
  • Welder
  • Welding Technician
  • Apprentice or Trainee

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