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7 Traits of a Successful Welder

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Welding is a process that involves melding metals and other materials together to create new shapes and objects. Welders apply heat, pressure and filler material to form strong joints that result in new functions or useful commodities. The work of a welder may include constructing bridges, power plants and pipelines and fabricating aircraft, cars and buildings.

A career in welding can be an exciting one—welders are needed across a wide variety of industries, which opens the door to exciting opportunities for those skilled in the craft. In addition to real world experience and the completion of a program such as UTI’s Welding Technology training program, welders often share similar traits that help them to do their job well.

Read along as we share seven common traits shared by successful welders:

An Understanding of the Craft

Welding is a complex craft that takes years of practice to fully master. In addition to being able to do the hands-on work, it’s important for welders to have an understanding of the different types of welding and know when to use each technique to achieve the desired result.

The difference between a good welder and a great one is the willingness to go above and beyond. In today’s industry, it’s not enough to use the same techniques over and over just to get by. The most successful welders see each project as an opportunity to find a creative solution to the challenge at hand. They take great pride in their work and use their knowledge and expertise to create one-of-a-kind welds that they’re proud of and will stand the test of time.

According to UTI welding instructor James Young, welders must have the desire to learn this industry inside and out. “If you’re not determined to master this craft, you’re not going to survive,” he says. Check out his story below:

Math and Science Skills

Believe it or not, math and science play important roles in the world of welding. Welders use basic and advanced math to do their work every day:

  • Fractions and decimals: Welders use fractions and decimals to cut pipe, read blueprints, measure project sizes and more.
  • Formulas: Understanding formulas allows welders to recreate shapes, determine the volume and pressure of gases, calculate shapes and volume and more.
  • Geometry: Welders use geometry to measure and create angles, form accurate joints and find the correct proportions when welding circular objects.
  • Trigonometry: Having knowledge of trigonometry operations allows welders to determine the theoretical strength of a weld, calculate degrees for angles and find the length of sides of shapes being replicated.

Employers also look for welders with science skills. For example, knowing metallurgy gives welders an understanding of how to weld metals, what metals can be combined and how they will react in different environments.

Initiative

Welders with initiative go above and beyond to complete their work and are committed to excellence. They start projects before they’re asked and are self-motivated and eager to learn. They hold themselves accountable and are capable of working both independently and as part of a team.

Welders who show initiative often take on more complex tasks, allowing them to advance in the workplace. This may involve being promoted to a role such as project manager, welding inspector or even going into sales, acting as a liaison between manufacturers, distributors and customers.

Creativity

It’s often said that no two welds are alike—which is true! With each and every project, welders have the opportunity to combine their industry knowledge and creativity to make anything from car and ship parts, building components, bridges, power plants and more.

Welders essentially create works of art. They can form any shapes to create unique parts and pieces that serve different purposes. There are countless industries welders can go into, including aerospace, shipbuilding, agriculture, automotive and even aerospace. This career flexibility provides welders with the freedom to pursue their passion.

The Desire to Learn

Successful welders are continuously learning about new techniques and industry trends. As technology continues to advance, so does the welding industry. This requires welders to stay in the know and continue to practice in order to perfect their craft.

Even the most experienced welders have the drive to continue learning about their craft. They realize that without it, they can easily fall behind. There is no such thing as becoming complacent in this industry—today’s welders are expected to evolve right alongside changing technology in order to provide the best possible services to their customers.

In order to demonstrate their desire to learn and master their craft, welders can test for the American Welding Society (AWS) certification—the industry standard. Completing AWS certification can be of great benefit when applying for jobs, as it demonstrates your ability to potential employers.

Problem Solving

Welders solve problems creatively. Challenges are inevitable, which requires welders to innovate and think outside the box to develop the best solution. Whether it’s having to repair a welding defect or making a weld in a challenging area that’s strong enough to bind the metal together, welders rely on their creativity to get the job done. For those who crave variety in a job, this could be a great fit!

Endurance

Finally, it’s important for welders to have great endurance—both mentally and physically. Welders are willing to go the distance to ensure every weld they create meets the right specifications and requirements. They always do what it takes to get the job done, even if this means early mornings and late nights.

Additionally, welders often work in very fast-paced environments and have the ability to maintain focus despite the distractions that may be going on around them. This career isn’t easy, but it can be incredibly rewarding for those with dedication, persistence and determination.

Train to Become a Welder

Do you possess these traits? A career in welding may be perfect for you. To learn more about becoming a welder, visit our Welding Technology program page and request more information today.

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