A career in joining metals
Welding is the process of melting specific parts of two or more metal solids, connecting them and allowing the metal to solidify as one piece. There are many different types of welding, including stick, mig, tig, flux-cored, pulse arc, oxy / fuel cutting, plasma arc cutting, air carbon cutting and pipe welding.
Welders must truly understand their equipment, including all aspects of safety and safe operation. They also need to know all the requirements, standards and specifications they are expected to meet for every welding task they perform. If you're a beginner who is interested in welding, check out what courses are offered by the technical and trade schools in your area. Most courses will run from 32 to 48 weeks, depending on the intensity of the course.
Most people who search online for "welding school" are actually looking for courses in welding training. There are many trade schools out there that offer training in a number of different welding techniques.
When browsing through the websites of possible schools, be sure to look for the logo of the American Welding Association's SENSE program. SENSE is Schools Excelling through National Skills Education. It's a program that provides national skill standards for the training and qualification of welding personnel. There are three levels students advance through, designed to maximally prepare them for today's workforce.
Jobs in the welding industry are expected to steadily increase over the next several years. Welders work in a variety of job situations, from assembly lines to large construction sites, mobile sites to underwater. There are many options open to you if you are a skilled welder.