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How to Become a Welder in Florida

Feb 15, 2023 ·

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Welding technicians are creative and meticulous, transforming strong metal materials into structures and parts.

In Florida, there are no state requirements for becoming a welder. That means you’ll be against some stiff competition for professional welding positions!

To be prepared for the welding industry, aspiring welders should build a foundation of credentials, skills and experience. Students of Universal Technical Institute’s Welding Technology program can do just that by learning skills like1:

  • Principles of welding
  • Pipe welding
  • Engineering and fabrication
  • Welding applications

Continue reading to learn more. We relay our learning-based strategy on how to become a welder in Florida!

Get a High School Diploma or GED

Welding in Florida doesn’t require certification or licensing. However, even entry-level welding jobs often require specific credentials and some years of work experience. While these requirements could vary among job openings, most ask for a high school diploma or GED.

Like Universal Technical Institute, most trade schools also require a high school diploma or GED to enroll. That’s because these documents establish that the graduate has completed a structured curriculum, an accomplishment that needs critical thinking, reasoning, and discipline.

Without these documents, you could face a tough journey in pursuing a career. If you want to be a welder but don't have a high school diploma or GED, make getting one your top priority!

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Attend a Welding Trade Program

So, you have a high school diploma or GED. But are you really prepared for a welding job?

To help with your job search, complete a trade program like UTI’s Welding Technology program and earn a diploma. This documentation can help you get noticed by employers who are looking to hire those who have specific credentials and hands-on experience.1

Unlike learning on the job, getting the training you need beforehand can save you a lot of frustration. In the controlled environment of a welding classroom, you can make mistakes more freely and improve with the support of instructors who have industry experience. Before pursuing a welding job with higher-stakes responsibilities, technical schooling can help you iron out any rookie mistakes.

UTI’s welding program was developed in collaboration with Lincoln Electric, a leading brand in the industry, and is designed to take 36 weeks to complete. That's a little less than nine months to learn industry skills and earn a diploma!

In our Welding Technology program, students learn various welding techniques. Our welding courses help students learn four different types of welding:

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Start Seeking Welding Opportunities

Becoming a welder in Florida may be easier with trade school credentials since they indicate training that helped technicians develop their skills beforehand. With a diploma from UTI's welding program, for example, graduates can demonstrate that they have the skills and knowledge needed to take on entry-level responsibilities.

Additionally, Lincoln Electric helped develop our welding curriculum according to industry standards. For that reason, students can trust that they’ll get industry-aligned training to prepare them for an entry-level welding career!1

Our manufacturer and employer relationships also mean opportunities through our Early Employment Program!36 In this program, students can obtain part-time jobs while completing their training.    

It’s important to note that eligibility requirements and conditions for these positions are established by participating employers and are between the employer and the student. Eligible applicants for the Early Employment Program must also be enrolled at or currently attending UTI (program currently offered at select UTI campuses based on employer availability and hiring needs).

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Learn How to Become a Welder in Florida at UTI!

There are no laws preventing people from entering Florida’s welding industry without training, but if you want to learn how to become a welder in Florida with some hands-on experience and training, our program can help get you prepared.18

Our 36-week Welding Technology program teaches students essential welding skills that can help prepare them for a career in the industry. UTI’s manufacturer relationships also mean students can train on equipment used in the field.

We have two Universal Technical Institute Florida campuses, and our Miramar location offers the welding program. When you're ready, apply to our welding school and take another step toward an exciting career! 

UTI Campuses That Offer Welding Training

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1) UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.

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18) UTI now offers all of its automotive, diesel, motorcycle and marine technician training in a blended learning format consisting of online lecture courses along with in-person, hands-on lab training.

36) Students enrolled in select UTI programs are eligible to apply for the Early Employment Program. Participating employers will contact selected applicants to conduct interviews. Hiring, employee retention and compensation decisions are made solely by the prospective employer. Employer participation and program details are subject to change. For additional information, please contact Career Services. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.

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