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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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$ 26,000 - $ 61,000
$ 40,000
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)
A Day In the Life
A Day In the Life

"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."

Job 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 I Certificate

Neosho County Community College
Chanute (42.2 Miles)

Welding II Certificate

Neosho County Community College
Chanute (42.2 Miles)

Welding Technology Certificate

Butler Community College
El Dorado (81.0 Miles)

Welding, A.A.S.

Wichita State University Tech WSU Tech
Wichita (94.8 Miles)

Welding Certificate

Wichita State University Tech WSU Tech
Wichita (94.8 Miles)

Welding Fast Track Certificate

Wichita State University Tech WSU Tech
Wichita (94.8 Miles)

Welding Technology Certificate

Ozarks Technical Community College
Springfield (134.2 Miles)

Welding Technology, A.A.S.

Ozarks Technical Community College
Springfield (134.2 Miles)

Metal Fabrication/Welding Technology, AAS

Johnson County Community College
Overland Park (137.5 Miles)

Metal Fabrication/Welding Certificate

Johnson County Community College
Overland Park (137.5 Miles)

Welding Technology Certificate

Kansas City Kansas Community College
Kansas City (149.6 Miles)

A.A.S. Welding Technology and Management

Metropolitan Community College (MO)
Kansas City (149.7 Miles)

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