Welding is an old yet innovative trade with skills that transfer to a variety of industries, from car restoration to bridge building. Arc welding, the most common type of welding today, harnesses electrical currents to create heat and bond metals together, though there are more than 100 different types of welding used across applications. Learn more about the art of welding and the skills and science behind this hands-on career.
- Entry-level welder
- Production welder
- Certified welding inspector
- Welding manager and supervisor
As of May 2012, the median annual wage for welders, solderers, and brazers was $36,300, while the top 10 percent earned more than $56,130.
Keys to Succeeding
- Manual dexterity
- Ability to endure long periods of standing
- Physical strength (may have to lift heavy metal)
- Ability to interpret two- and three-dimensional diagrams
- Good with manual or automated welding equipment
- National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)
- Manufacturing Skill Standards Council’s (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT)
- American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Fabrication, Certified Welding Inspector, Certified Robotic Arc Welder
- Institute for Printed Circuits Certification in Soldering