Skilled Trades

Trends in Welding

Skilled TradesJune 08, 2018

Welding is an “old” technique made “new” through the advent of technology. First developed more than three thousand years ago when the Sumerians and Egyptians discovered how to allow copper with silver and time to make bronze, welding to most of us is using electric currents to melt metals and meld them together. But, in 2018, technology has taken welding to even broader horizons.

The trend today is toward CNC welding – welding using Computer Numerical Control methods. Utilizing digitized data and computers, welders now can control, automate and monitor welding through a machine…a form of robotic welding if you will.

Much like many areas of business, where artificial intelligence (AI) is taking over jobs once performed by skilled professionals, robotic welding is reducing the need for welders in some areas. However, some CNC welding applications are restricted to linear or rotary arcs. Sophisticated machinery, such as robotic arms, can exceed five axes, but complicated jobs require all five to be synchronized, which is difficult to do.

With the trend toward an increase in robotic welding, two scenarios come into play. Welders trained in the latest technologies and their applications in their profession will continue to be in demand…and a willingness to relocate to where the jobs are will provide welders with the best prospects. That said, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says job growth for welders should grow by some six percent through 2026. Manufacturing will continue to rely on welding as an important manufacturing process, plus the nation’s aging infrastructure – bridges, highways, buildings, etc. – will require the expertise of welders to be upgraded for the future.

One of the positives of welding, is its versatility. Welding’s basic skills apply across a myriad of industries, allowing welders to easily shift from one to another, depending on where the need is greatest. It can offer new challenges with each passing week, so welders may not get easily bored.

If you like working with both your head and hands, and enjoy bringing the “new” to an ancient art, then a career as a welder may be just what you’re looking for. Fortis offers Welding programs at campuses in Georgia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Visit our Welding programs page to learn more.