Career Guides: Welder

There are welding jobs to be had in many industries, but welding work is only made of five subcategories: artwork, construction, structural repairs, freelance and custom welding.  Work requirements vary depending on the job chosen, but all employers require applicants to have a welding license. Welding is dangerous work, and specialized training is required to do the job safely. In this guide, you will learn more about the various types of welding work.


Structural Welding

Some of the most common welding jobs include the repair of buildings, bridges and anything else made of metal. Structural welding positions are inherently dangerous, but the safety equipment worn by welders is top-quality. Structural welders have to work in all-weather conditions and high places, and the danger of the job means that they earn above-average salaries.

Custom Welding

Work as a custom welder comes with greater design freedom, and applicants can find work in automobile design, structural engineering, and many other fields. Custom welding jobs are typically obtained via referral; to be successful you’ll need to show a portfolio of quality work.

Artistic Welding

There are a range of welding jobs to be found in the art field. Artists, art restorers, movie and television set designers and museum curators are all looking for welders with artistic sensibilities to create structural supports, intricate designs and larger sculptures. To work in the field you’ll need artistic ability, quality welding equipment, precision and technical skill—the success of a job depends on the welder’s ability to interpret plans and bring them to life without impacting the original design.

Construction Welding

Construction welders can find work building support beams, foundation structures and temporary fencing. Larger renovations may require the help of a welder to remove metal beams, secure structures and make changes, and welders also have a hand in design, planning and project advice.

Freelance Welding

Some welders find success going into business for themselves, taking responsibility for budgeting, resource allocation and staff management. The amount of effort required to run a welding business varies depending on the type of clientele; most welders work for someone else for at least ten years before opening a business of their own.

A trained welder can find a job as a fabricator, consultant, business owner or sculpture artist, and the entire welding industry has changed as technology has developed. Welding is still a dangerous job, but proper safety procedures and higher-than-average compensation make the field a viable choice for many workers.

This article was written by Amy Fowler on behalf of Westermans, welding equipment retailers including seam welding machines. Follow this link to their site to see their seam welding machines and other welding equipment.

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