Welder Arc welding

Job description

A technique in which metals are welded using heat generated by an electric arc.

Education requirement

Welding education requirements vary by employer. Some employers require welders to have a high school diploma and require completion of employer-based welding tests. Other employers look for a certificate or undergraduate degree from a technical school, vocational school or community college.

Skill needed to accomplish this job

Strong ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and blueprints.

Extensive knowledge of various welding techniques, including TIG welding, oxy-fuel welding, and arc welding.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Skilled in both mechanical and manual welding practices.

Experience needed

Welding education requirements vary by employer. Some employers require welders to have a high school diploma and require completion of employer-based welding tests. Other employers look for a certificate or undergraduate degree from a technical school, vocational school or community college.

Salary

$25,000 – $80,000

Advantages

 High Job Satisfaction – Welders tend to get highly motivated and satisfied looking at the finished construction or automobile. It becomes a matter of pride as Welders play a major role, especially in the construction industry.

 Good Pay –According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers mean annual wage was $40,040 in 2014. BLS states that the top paying industry as Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution, which paid $69,120 in 2014.

According to BLS, the states that paid the most for the Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers and their respective annual mean wages in 2014:

• Alaska - $71,910

• Hawaii - $59,120

• District of Columbia - $57,390

• Wyoming - $52,980

• North Dakota - $50,310

 Choices – A welder could specialize/apply in construction, oil, gas, automobile, military, aerospace, shipping industries and more

 Relocation – They can relocate to exotic or far away countries as experienced Welders are needed all over the world

 Career Advancement – With further study and certifications, a basic Welder can move up the ladder without much difficulty

 Technology – It would be exciting to use high tech equipment and advanced tools

 Job Outlook – Employment of Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers is expectedl to grow up to 6% from 2012-2022, according to BLS

Disadvantages

 Hazardous – Welders might have to work in high above the ground. They use high intense heat to weld together metal pipes and metal particularly

 Discomfort - Might be working crooked and in cramped places

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