Download our catalogs and learn about programs, courses, tuition, fees, admissions and much more.
State-of-the-art, 248,000 sq.ft. Avondale campus will provide you with hands-on experience with everything from undercar maintenance to advanced diagnosis. Learn more here.
Find out what some of our graduates are doing today in pursuing their successful careers.
Learn more about how we assist our veterans from VA funding to exclusive scholarships.
UTI welcomes General Education Diploma students. Find out more in our resources.
Take 60 seconds and find out how you can train in less than a year.7
By submitting this form, I agree that Universal Technical Institute, Inc., Custom Training Group, Inc., and their representatives may email, call, and / or text me with marketing messages about educational programs and services, as well as for school - related communications, at any phone number I provide, including a wireless number, using prerecorded calls or automated technology. I understand that my consent is not required to apply, enroll or make any purchase.
Ever wondered what a day in the life of a welder involves?
Welding is the process used to fuse two or more parts together by means of heat, pressure or both. It is most commonly used on metals and thermoplastics, but can also be used on wood. This process is used across a variety of industries, from manufacturing
and aerospace to shipbuilding and construction.
If you’re wondering exactly what a career as a welder entails, you’ve come to the right place! Keep reading to learn what welders do, how much they make, how to become one and more.
If you enjoy hands-on work and expressing your creativity, and are always up for a good challenge, a career in welding may be perfect for you.
Welders work on detailed projects that result in functional pieces that we rely on every day. They use precise techniques and tools to create strong welds that hold together vehicles
like ships, cars and motorcycles, as well as materials that form buildings, pipelines, military equipment, manufacturing machines and more.
Welding is a centuries-old trade that continues to support many of the world’s top industries. This presents an opportunity for welders to work in a variety of different environments, from oil rigs to manufacturing facilities to shipyards.
This is a highly specialized career, and it’s important for welders to have an in-depth understanding of the techniques and tools that are used for different types of projects. Welders must also have an awareness of safety, as this can be a dangerous
career without following critical safety guidelines.
Successful welders possess a certain set of traits. They have excellent strength, stamina and manual dexterity. They also have the technical skills needed to operate equipment
and critical thinking skills to develop solutions. Welders are often creative by nature, are able to study blueprints and diagrams, and imagine the end product in order to bring projects to life.
Welders permanently join metal parts using handheld tools or remote-control equipment. As mentioned previously, they can apply their skills in many different environments. Some of these include:
The art of welding combines science, skill and creativity. While specific duties vary depending on where a welder works, there are some responsibilities often consistent across industries. When browsing welding jobs, you’ll commonly see the following
Most welders work full-time, and overtime is common. Many manufacturing companies have multiple 8- to 12-hour shifts each day in order to keep up with around-the-clock production. Because of this, welders may work evenings and weekends.
If a career in welding sounds interesting, you might be wondering what it takes to become one. A high school diploma or equivalent combined with technical and on-the-job training are typically required to become a welder.
The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that while some employers are willing to hire inexperienced entry-level workers and
train them on the job, many prefer to hire workers who have completed training or credentialing programs.
Attending a specialized program such as the Welding Technology training program offered at UTI can prepare you to become
a welder in less than a year.1 Developed in conjunction with Lincoln Electric, this 36-week program walks students
through core concepts they’ll need to know as a welder, including:
Advantages of this type of training include being able to learn from experienced instructors in a safe and supportive environment, as well as having the ability to ask
questions and practice with industry-preferred equipment. Additionally, completing a training program like this not only provides you with valuable skills you’ll need to know, but it can also help you stand out when applying for jobs.
Graduates of UTI’s program are prepared to test for welding certifications from organizations such as the industry standard American Welding Society, which may allow them to further advance
in their career. Certifications like this are essential if you want to advance in the field, for example into a certified welding inspector role.
According to the BLS, the nation’s aging infrastructure will require the expertise of welders to help rebuild bridges, highways
and buildings. Additionally, the construction of new power generation facilities and pipelines transporting natural gas and oil may result in new jobs.
Basic welding skills are shared across industries, so welders can easily transfer from one industry to another, depending on where they are most needed. For example, welders with experience in the construction industry may also be able to find work in
an auto repair shop or vice versa.
Overall, job prospects are expected to be good for welders trained in the latest technologies. However, welders without up-to-date training may have strong competition for jobs—which means having the proper training is essential.
When it comes to salary, the BLS reports that the median annual wage for welders, cutters, solderers and brazers was $42,490 in May 2019.26 It’s important to note that wages can vary depending on the worker’s experience, skill level, the industry, location and the size of the company. For state-specific salary information, check out our list of welding salaries, ranked by
Whether you’re looking for jobs in your local area or are open to traveling for work, consider taking advantage of a career service that may be available to help you find a position. For example, UTI offers Employment Assistance to students and graduates to help them find available jobs across the country.
At the end of the day, welding is a great industry for those who are detail-oriented and looking for variety in their day-to-day work. With the right training and a good work ethic, welders can go far in their careers!
UTI’s welding technology program begins every six weeks and is offered at these campus locations: Avondale, AZ, Long Beach, CA, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX and Houston, TX. The program is also scheduled to begin winter 2021 in Lisle,
To learn more, visit our program page and request information to speak with one of our Admissions Representatives
today. In the meantime, feel free to check out these additional resources:
Ready to start? Click the button, and in 60 seconds you could be on your way to an exciting new career.
1) UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. For important information about the educational debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures.
2) For important information about the educational debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program, visit our website at www.uti.edu/disclosures.
26) Estimated annual median salary for Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019. UTI programs prepare graduates for careers in industries using the provided training, primarily as welding technicians. Some UTI graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than as a technician, such as certified inspector and quality control. Salary information for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: The average annual entry-level salary range for persons employed as Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (51-4121) is $33,490 to $48,630 (Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development, May 2018 data, viewed September 10, 2020). North Carolina salary information: The U.S. Department of Labor estimate of hourly earnings of the middle 50% for skilled welders in North Carolina, published May 2019, is $19.77. The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish entry-level salary data. However, the 25th and 10th percentile of hourly earnings in North Carolina are $16.59 and $14.03, respectively. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019. Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers, viewed September 14, 2020.) UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
Universal Technical Institute of Illinois, Inc. is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.