Skills Needed to Be a Welder

May 12, 2021 ·

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A career in welding can be exciting, attracting skilled professionals who enjoy working with their hands. If you can see yourself in a detail-oriented role that allows you to find creative solutions to problems, a job as a professional welder might be right for you.

Keep reading to find out more about how to train as a welder and the skills needed to succeed in this role.

Welder Job Description

Welders are skilled trade workers who have the job of joining metal together with other materials. They can also make repairs to existing structures or materials.

There are many industries that employ welders to create parts and goods that are used in our everyday lives. These include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Construction and infrastructure
  • Automobile manufacturing and maintenance
  • Railroad
  • Shipbuilding
  • Aerospace
  • Pipeline transportation

Welders can work both indoors and outdoors, depending on the type of welding process being used and the specific industry or project.

Welding Skills

So what skills are important to have when it comes to a career in welding?  It’s helpful to know ahead of time when planning for your future.

Some of the most important skills for welders to possess include:

  • Attention to detail: It’s important to be able to perform welds accurately, to have the appropriate setup and preparation, and to check welds for flaws or issues as you go along. Not catching things like bubbles/porosity can impact the strength of a weld, even causing the welds to fail in some cases.
  • Mathematical skills: Welding requires having a solid grasp of math, as you often are reviewing sketches and blueprints. You would also need to estimate dimensions while making cuts to metal and trimming it down.

A welder works on a project.

  • Experience with various welds: Knowing one type of welding process is great, but having a more expansive knowledge of commonly used welding types allows you to use the most appropriate process to fit your application and makes you more valuable as a welder. You can work on a larger variety of projects when you know more welding processes.
  • Hand-eye coordination: Welding is a precise skill that requires the constant use of your hands. Having good hand-eye coordination is a must, along with good depth perception.

These are just a few of the skills necessary for pursuing a career in welding. Like any other career, having a good work ethic and passion for the craft makes a world of difference as well.

How to Become a Welder

If you’ve decided that you want to pursue a welding career, it’s important that you get the right training. After graduating with your high school diploma or GED, enrolling in a program like the Welding Technology program at Universal Technical Institute (UTI) will help ensure you get hands-on experience with major welding processes.

In just 36 weeks, students are taught four of the most common arc welding processes, which include gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) and shielded metal arc welding (SMAW).

After graduation, students will be prepared for an entry-level career in the welding industry.1 Testing for welding certifications is another step you can take to set yourself apart from others and make yourself more valuable to employers.

Getting on-the-job and hands-on experience working as a welder is important. Once you’ve spent time in the field, you could eventually work your way up into other positions, including roles like a welding inspector or a welding project manager.

Learn the Skills You Need at UTI

Professional training is important when pursuing a career as a welder. UTI offers a hands-on education that can have you prepared to enter the field when you graduate.2

You can find out more about the program by requesting information here or by contacting 1-800-834-7308.

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