Welders use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.
WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?
- Attention to Detail: Welders need to make clean lines and cuts when welding. Paying attention to the job at hand is necessary.
- Dexterity: Welders work with their hands, and need to be steady during the welding process.
- Strength: Welders often need to lift or hold heavy pieces of metal in place while welding.
- Stamina: Welders can expect long hours on their feet, often in hot conditions.
- Technical Skills: Welding equipment requires technical know-how, as does reading blueprints and understanding how the final product should look.
- Troubleshooting Skills: Welders should see flaws in welds or structural imperfections in the metal.
- Good Vision: Keeping a steady eye on the weld as it takes form requires good vision.
Skills can be learned at a vocational school, community college or private school. Some jobs may hire unskilled people and train them on the job. Those taking classes must un-derstand how to read blueprints, basic math, metallurgy and a basic understanding of electricity.
Many companies prefer welders to be certified. Certification can be obtained through NCCER and the American Welding Society.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
- You pay attention to detail.
- You enjoy working with your hands and have a steady arm.
- You are strong enough to lift heavy objects.
- You have patience with the ability to see a project through from beginning to end.
WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?
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