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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 $44,190 in May 2020.26 This
means half of welders earned more and half earned less. Keep in mind that salary depends on several factors, including experience, employer, demand and cost of living in the area.
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!
Classes in UTI’s Welding Technology program begin every six weeks and are offered at campuses in Avondale, Arizona; Long Beach and Rancho Cucamonga, California; Lisle, Illinois;
Bloomfield, New Jersey; and Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston, Texas.
The program is scheduled to begin in early 2022 in Mooresville, North Carolina; and Austin, Texas; and is coming to Exton, Pennsylvania.
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
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1) UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
2) For program outcome information and other disclosures, visit 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 2020. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. UTI graduates’ achievements may vary. Individual circumstances
and wages depend on personal credentials and economic factors. Work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer and their compensation programs affect wages. Entry-level salaries may be lower. 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 $34,399 to $48,009 (Massachusetts Labor and Workforce
Development, May 2019 data, viewed June 2, 2021, https://lmi.dua.eol.mass.gov/lmi/OccupationalEmploymentAndWageSpecificOccupations#). 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 2021, is $20.28. 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 $16.97 and $14.24, respectively.
(Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020. Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers, viewed June 2, 2021.)
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