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WELDING CAREERS PRESENTATION:
WELDING IS A REWARDING CAREER
1- Welding Does Not Require a College Degree. High paying welding jobs require skills, not degrees. Obtaining professional welding certifications for your field is what matters most to get financially rewarding welding jobs.
2- Low Education Costs. On average, today’s four-year college students spend $127,000 for a bachelor’s degree, graduate with around $30,000 in student loan debt, and take an average of 21 years to pay the debt off. On the other hand, completing a welding training program costs an average of $33,000 and students finish with an average of $10,000 of debt (source: weldingdigest.com article "Continuing college or going to technical school – which makes more financial sense?" by American Welding Society, 2019.)
3- Ability to Earn High Wages. Prevailing wage in California is approximately $75/hour. Starting salary for someone without a professional welding certification is approximately $14/hr. Starting salary for someone with at least one professional welding certification is approximately $18/hr. Someone with multiple welding certifications can start at $20-$30/hour.
4- Numerous Career Paths to Choose From, such as:
- Aerospace Welding (build parts of rockets, spacecraft and aircraft)
- Automotive Welding (build or fix cars)
- Ironworker Welding (Build warehouses, hospitals, schools, commercial centers, etc)
- Pipe Welder (build natural gas and oil pipelines, or work in oil refineries fixing piping systems)
- Underwater Welder (build or repair underwater pipelines and structures, or ships)
- Shipyard Welding (build a ship! such as for the U.S Coast Guard or commercial ships)
- Food & Beverage Welding (food processing plants, breweries, wineries, beverage industry)
- have your own welding and fabrication shop
- have your own welding rig and be your own boss!
5- Skilled Welders Are Always in High Demand. In fact, there’s a significant shortage of skilled welders! Industries are in desperate need for certified, skilled welders, which creates competitive wages.
6- Job Stability or Adventure. Many welding jobs, in particular in Manufacturing, can be long term, stable jobs. Project-based welding jobs, such as in Construction or Pipeline, are more adventurous; when one project ends… you have future projects to look forward to!
7- Be Your Own Boss. If you are a hard worker, self driven, and can invest in a welding rig (truck with welding equipment), you can be your own boss! Rig welders typically earn higher wages, around $100/hr, and they also assume higher responsibilities.
8 - Live Close By, or Travel. There are welding jobs everywhere, including overseas. You can find a good paying welding job in your area, or you can choose a welding career where you can travel.
9 - Physically Demanding Jobs - or Not ! You can choose a welding career that suits your physical needs! Some welding jobs, such as in the Construction and Pipeline industries, are physically demanding. Other welding jobs, such as in aerospace and other manufacturing, are not ! Some welding careers require staying in a booth and welding sitting down, sometimes standing up. Others require hard physical work, such as heavy lifting, getting in small areas, climbing, etc.
10 - Retirement Outlook:
- Becoming a Welding Instructor
- Becoming a Welding Inspector
- Becoming a Foreman, Manager or Supervisor
- Weld ‘til you drop !
NOT SURE WHICH WELDING CAREER IS RIGHT FOR YOU? VISIT OUR CAREER ADVICE PAGE!
MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT WELDING CAREERS
SOURCE: Weldingdigest.com article "Mythbusting: facts about a career in welding" by American Welding Society
In this video, Instructor George Rolla, SCWI, CWE, CW, explains technique for welding vertical with flux core.
Certified Welder: A welder who has qualified within a range of limitations, by successfully completing a welder performance qualification test, and has been "certified" by the testing official who witnessed the test, certifying that all testing was conducted in accordance with applicable codes and specifications.
For example: a certified welder may be "qualified" to weld in the flat position only.
Qualified Welder: A welder who is qualified to perform welding tasks within a specific range of limitations of welding variables.
This welder has demonstrated his or her ability, by performance qualification testing, that he or she is qualified to perform welds within specific limitations such as welding process, welding position, material thickness, etc. in conformance with the requirements of a welding code or standard using specific welding variables as described in a Welding Procedure Specification (WPS)
Qualification: Quality or accomplishment that fits a person for a specific function, job or task.
Welder Qualification: Specifies the capacity and/or ability of a welder to perform specific welding tasks.
Welder Certification: A Testing Official will "certify" that a welder has successfully completed a welder performance qualification test in conformance to an applicable Welding Code or Standard.
Welder Performance Qualification Test: A welding test required to be taken to become qualified to weld under the specified requirements of a welding code or standard, e.g. AWS D1.1
Welder Certification Test: Welder performance qualification test needed to become "certified".
A "Certified Welder" may only be "Qualified" to weld in the Flat Position or with SMAW welding process. Although this welder is "certified", his or her qualification range has limitations.
A "Certified Welder" is only "Qualified" to weld using the welding process he or she tested with (example: SMAW or FCAW, etc).
A "Certified Welder" may have tested in accordance with AWS D1.1 on 3/8" steel plate, thus he or she would only be "Qualified" to weld a maximum thickness of 2T or 3/4".
CWI / AWS Certified Welding Inspector: A welding inspector that has been certified by the American Welding Society in accordance with the requirements of AWS QC1 Standard for the Certification of Welding Inspectors. The individual possessing this certification is an individual who has demonstrated having general knowledge of welding and the ability to judge the soundness of welds.