So, You Want to be a Welder: How to Get Started

A Career In Welding

You’ve seen the photos on Instagram…men and women welding, sparks flying in the air, amazing creations being made, and an atmosphere promoting the indomitable spirit of hard work. And now, you want to be a part of this scene yourself. So, what steps do you have to take to become a welder? Read on to find out!

1. Research

Welding is not for the faint of heart. It can be a very dangerous career, so do some legwork to find out if you’re the right person for the job. Heavy equipment, noxious fumes, hot metal, and long hours are all job hazards you may need to contend with. Search online and read about welders’ experiences with their vocation, and/or write out a “pros and cons” list if necessary to help you decide.

2. See It For Yourself

Call around to some local welders and ask if you can observe them at work. Ask if they’re looking for an apprentice. Watch online videos of welders and determine if that’s the career path you want to choose after all.

3. Get Training

Research local welding training programs. Consult the American Welding Society (AWS) for more information. Scholarships are available, so find out if you qualify.

4. Get Certified

Depending on the type of welding you want to get involved in, you’ll need certain certifications. There are also other career opportunities available within the welding field, such as welding engineer, welding inspector, and welding instructor, all of which require specific certification. AWS certification improves your chances of getting a job, and getting paid at a higher rate. Be sure to keep your certification up-to-date.

5. Get the Required Equipment

Many welders prefer to purchase their own personal equipment and safety gear. Find out what you’ll need for your particular job. From gloves and helmets to tools and equipment, Scully’s got everything you need in our online store to get you started!

6. Get a Job

Apply at various locations and start creating!

Welding is an adventurous and creative career. Congratulations on embarking on this exciting vocation!

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