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Opportunities in a variety of industries mean career flexibility and a competitive salary for skilled welders
You probably have an idea what a welder does but do you know what a career in welding looks like? Can you see yourself attending welding school and working as a welder? Before you answer, see how many statements in the following list describe you:
If you agree with those statements then you should consider training for a career in welding because those are some of the job perks the modern, skilled welder can expect. But that’s not where they stop. You’d be surprised what a dynamic future that welding can offer.
From the tallest skyscrapers to tiny electrical components–if metal is being used, welding likely is, too. The industries most people associate with welding, like construction, will continue to see a demand. But there are many more that rely on welders. For instance:
It’s the specialty welding applications that can offer the most opportunity and highest welding salaries. Automated welding processes that use robots, lasers and electron beams are becoming more common, so welders with advanced skills will be in higher demand. Welders who are willing to travel or work in more extreme conditions can earn higher pay.
Welding requires more than just heat and muscle. Like many careers in the skilled trades, welders work with their heads, as well as their hands.
Successfully bonding two pieces of metal together requires some pretty cool science, powerful tools, advanced technology—and an artist’s eye. Not only must welds be strong but in cases when they will be exposed, painted or coated, welds also need to be clean and tidy. It’s a skill that requires training and practice to master.
Welders must also be able read blueprints and construction documents, inspect structures and materials, and maintain equipment. Welders are an important part of the manufacturing team and process, so they must have an understanding of the role they play and the importance of their work.
You’d think it would require years of training to start a career path in welding but that’s not so. You can prepare for that career by getting your welding education in just 36 weeks in UTI’s Welding Technology program. In those 36 weeks of training, you’ll learn about the most common welding techniques and applications, giving you a solid foundation from which to pursue a job1,2 or to continue specialized training. Arc welding methods you’ll learn during your training with UTI include:
Graduates of the program will be prepared to apply for their weld certification from the American Welding Society, the worldwide leader in welding industry certifications.
We’ll talk in more detail about the welding techniques listed above in a future post, so stay tuned.
Many tech schools offer a welding program, find out what sets UTI's Welding Technology Program apart from the rest here.
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