You have made the choice to become a welder. This is an excellent career as jobs are plentiful. You have the option to work on ships, power plants, many manufacturing plants, construction, refineries, applications in aerospace and pipes to pipelines. You may choose to work indoors, outdoors, under water and even travel. With this career you have the opportunity to move up into supervisory positions as well as inspection positions.
Welding jobs for new graduates average medium pay is pretty basic. As you gain experience, you can double or triple your annual earnings. If you work really hard, you may make over $100,000. Of course, what you will earn depends on the area you live, how good you are at welding, the type of welding you are doing and the amount of time you have been welding. Another tip: if you master many different types of welding, you will earn more money.
To become a welder one of the options is to enroll in a technical college. If you are looking for a job in the United States you will want to get a certification from The American Welding Society as this certification is most sought after by employers. Before you enroll, think of which type of welding you want to perform.
You will learn to set up jobs per their detailed instructions, read blueprints, join metals together using different processes and you will spend much of your time getting hands on training. While you learn how to weld you will also learn how to weld safely as this is a very important part of your career. You will successfully learn how to handle the welding tools and equipment you will frequently use which includes identifying different types of metals, steel pipe welding and brazing as well as silver soldering. You should learn the different types of welding such as carbon steel, pipe joints, plug, stainless steel and cast iron welding and more.
Once you start welding you should always follow safety rules. Wear your protective welding clothing. The clothing should cover all of your body so that no skin whatsoever is showing and vulnerable to hot sparks. Check your flame retardant clothing for any signs of grease before working. If there is grease on your clothing take it off and put on new flame retardant clothing. Wear gloves as a safety precaution. Wear an arc welders mask that keeps UV rays out 100%. You do not want to end up with severe retinal damage.
Once you complete your welding certification, you can start applying for jobs. Places to look for jobs include your local newspaper, newspapers within the vicinity you are looking to work, your technical college job board, your county’s Workforce Development Center and online. Check out job searching companies such as Monster.com.
Congratulations on choosing welding as a career, getting your certification and finding a new job that you enjoy.
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