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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 $
44,000
Jobs Available
11,300+
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

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Bakersfield College

Welding Certificate of Achievement

Bakersfield College
Bakersfield (0.0 Miles)

Orbital Welding Certificate of Specialization

Orange Coast College
Costa Mesa (0.0 Miles)

Welding, A.A.S.

Arkansas Northeastern College
Blytheville (0.0 Miles)

Industrial Technology - Welding Technology Technical Certificate

Ivy Tech Community College
Indianapolis (0.0 Miles)

Architectural and Ornamental Metals: Metal Sculpture Specialization, A.A.S.

Austin Community College District
Austin (0.0 Miles)

Welding Industrial Welder Level 2 Certificate

San Jacinto College District
Pasadena (0.0 Miles)

Aerospace Fabrication & Welding Certificate

Everett Community College
Everett (0.0 Miles)

Welding Certificate of Proficiency SMAW Certificate

Arizona Western College
Yuma (0.0 Miles)

Welding Technology Certificate

New Mexico State University - Carlsbad
Carlsbad (0.0 Miles)

Specialized Welding Certificate

Greenville Technical College
Greenville (0.0 Miles)

Basic Pipe Welding Certificate

Harper College
Palatine (0.0 Miles)

Advanced Welding Certificate

Central Community College
Grand Island (0.0 Miles)
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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

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Student Pipe Welder Ha

Huntington Ingalls Industries
Pascagoula ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 week 3 days ago

Welder-1

Vermeer Corporation
Greenville ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 week 2 days ago

Welder

Wastequip
New Lebanon ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 week ago

Welder B

Northrop Grumman
Sunnyvale ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 week 1 day ago

Welder - 3rd Shift ($2,000 SIGNING BONUS)

Ariens
Oshkosh ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 days 20 hours ago

Welder Helper

Koch Industries, Inc.
Baytown ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 days 20 hours ago

Welder

Henkels & McCoy, Inc
Kapolei ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 day 20 hours ago

Welder III

Progress Rail Services
Muncie ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 days 20 hours ago