Certified welders are among the highest paid of all the skilled trades. Welders join metals by applying intense heat from a gas or electric source to melt metal to form a permanent bond with or without the use of filler metals. Visit salary.com to learn more about salaries in this field of study.
Joining, surfacing, or repairing structures or parts made of metal or other weldable materials. You plan the sequence of operations and select your equipment according to the metals involved and the type of weld needed
Course work and practical experience to give you the skills and knowledge to determine and perform appropriate welding techniques. You’ll also learn blueprint reading and flame cutting of metals.
The use of various tools and machines related to the welding field. You weld various kinds of metals, such as mild steel, aluminum, cast iron, and stainless steel. You’ll also learn:
Saws, drill presses, grinders, power shears, metal brakes and rolls, and numerous other hand tools. You fabricate trailers, frames, racks, and swings using steel plates, angle iron, pipes, channel iron, and other structural steel.
Most welders work in manufacturing industries. Others are employed by construction firms and repair services. A skilled welder may qualify as a technician, supervisor, inspector or owner of a welding business.