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What Does a Welder Do?

Whether you’re interested in construction, engineering or even aerospace, learning how to weld is a smart path to get there. Welders use intense heat to join metal together. There are more than 100 welding processes that vary by type of metal used and where the welding takes place. The most common is arc welding, which uses electrical currents to generate heat. Other tools include the wire feed or MIG welder, TIG welder or plasma cutter. Some welds are done by hand while others involve robots. 

Welders may do their work while bending, stooping or working overhead. Safety gear is critical to protect their eyes, skin and clothing. 

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Median Salary $
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Jobs Available
46,180+
Two welders cut metal in an automotive factory
Welders let sparks fly at a car factory, one of the many industries where this job is in high demand. (Credit: wi6995/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Interpret blueprints and measurements 
  • Weld components 
  • Use and maintain specialized machines and welding systems
  • Assess quality of welds and identify flaws
  • Follow strict safety regulations, including wearing safety gear
Education + Training

Employers require a high school diploma, certification and technical training, but there are several ways to achieve that goal. A certificate from a technical school can take from six to 18 months. An associate degree takes two years. Required classes may include advanced mathematics, metallurgy, blueprint reading, welding symbols and pipe layout. Techniques taught in classes include arc welding, soldering, brazing, casting and bronzing. An apprenticeship provides similar instruction and paid, on-the-job training.

YOU MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Have steady hands and good coordination
  • Have sound mechanical skills
  • Can translate blueprints into reality
  • Can communicate well
  • Possess the physical strength to lift heavy objects
  • Can follow detailed safety instructions

Welder training in your area

Coordinates

Welding Technology Diploma

Tri-County Community College
Murphy (0.0 Miles)

Welding (NCCER) Certificate

Alvin Community College
Alvin (0.0 Miles)

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) Certificate of Accomplishment

Long Beach City College
Long Beach (0.0 Miles)

Welding Technology, A.A.S.

Ranger College
Ranger (0.0 Miles)

Welding Advanced Certificate

Moraine Valley Community College
Palos Hills (0.0 Miles)

Professional Certificate in Pipe Welding

State Fair Community College
Sedalia (0.0 Miles)

CNC/Metalworking Career Program (NIMS Certification)

Delaware County Community College
Media (0.0 Miles)

Short Term Welding Technology Intermediate Welding Certificate

Peninsula College
Port Angeles (0.0 Miles)

Welding Automation Certificate

Chattanooga State Community College
Chattanooga (0.0 Miles)
Aaniiih Nakoda College

Welding Certificate

Aaniiih Nakoda College
Harlem (0.0 Miles)

AWS Sense 1 Certificate

College of DuPage
Glen Ellyn (0.0 Miles)

GMAW/Fabricator Technical Certificate

Waukesha County Technical College
Pewaukee (0.0 Miles)
Meet Ambassador
Travis Edmonds
Meet Ambassador
Travis Edmonds

"When I first started, I just needed a job," says Travis Edmonds. "But now that I've been here 17 years, it's more than just that. I found myself, I found a career."

Travis loves being a welder because there are so many different things you can do once you learn the skill. It's a career that has taken him all over the U.S. and even the world. He's always looking for new challenges — and welding keeps on providing them.

On top of that, it's fun. "If you get bored in welding, you're doing something wrong."

Find Welder Jobs in Your Area

Coordinates

Welder - Morton

G&D Integrated Distribution, Inc.
Morton ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 6 months 1 week ago

welding Worker

Department of Defense
Kings Bay ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 5 months 1 week ago

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Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc.
San Diego ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 8 months 1 week ago

Combo Welder (EVERGREEN)

TD Garden
Raleigh ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 11 months 3 weeks ago

Welder

F. B. Foster
Bedford ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 year 8 months ago

Welder

Department of Defense
Philadelphia ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 5 months 1 week ago

Starship Pipe Welder - Temporary (Day Shift)

Space Exploration Technologies
Brownsville ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

A Class Aluminum Structural Welder

Austal
Mobile ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 months ago