How to Become a Welder

Welding has been around for centuries, and likely will still be around centuries from now. It’s one of those jobs that just don’t seem to go out of style. And the increased demand for welders today to take care of everything from NASCAR racing teams to underwater pipeline jobs has even grandmothers telling their grandchildren to consider careers in welding.

Welders basically use precise heat to melt and join pieces of metal for a variety of industrial applications or even art. Some employers may be willing to offer on-the-job training for welding, but most prefer candidates who have received formal training…either at a career college or a technical school. Options can include certificate, diploma or associate degree programs.

Quality welding job candidates will be well-versed in a variety of welding technologies, from oxy-acetylene to gas tungsten or gas metal arc welding.  They also can benefit from courses in blueprint reading, drafting, metallurgy and site safety.

Here’s something else to keep in mind: the more you know how to do in welding, the more you are worth to an employer. Whether before you leave school, or once on the job, you should consider taking courses in TIG (tungsten inert gas) or MIG (metal inert gas) arc welding processes, or other advanced technologies, to expand your knowledge and expertise.

You also should consider becoming a certified welder. The main option is to sit for the American Welding Society’s Certified Welder exam, which tests the ability to perform welding procedures in a number of different applications. Then, go out a find a job. The opportunities are virtually limitless…from construction and machinery or general purpose manufacturing to the automotive industry, oil pipeline repair and artistic welding.

Fortis Colleges and Institutes offer welding programs at campuses in Georgia, Ohio and Pennsylvania that can get you started down the path of a rewarding career in welding. Visit our Welding Programs page to find out more about your options and opportunities.

Just remember: getting ahead in welding means taking advantage of every opportunity and learning all you can to make yourself an invaluable part of whatever company you join.

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