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Welding is the most common method of permanently joining together two pieces of metal, using heat generated by lasers, gases or electricity. It is an essential technique for building and repairing a huge variety of different structures such as ships, airplanes, automobiles, railroad cars, spacecraft and many other products that we use in our daily lives.

Trained welders are employed in a wide variety of industries across the United States, although the majority of jobs are in manufacturing, particularly of transportation equipment (motor vehicle body and parts, ship and boat building), machinery (for agriculture, construction, and mining), and architectural and structural metals.

Training courses for welding begin at every-level, up to and including bachelor’s and associate’s degree. These programs usually follow the Standards for Education and Testing established by the American Welding Society. Amongst other things, an associate’s degree program will teach you about different welding techniques and how to carry them out safely, to inspect completed work, to understand written, verbal and diagrammatic instructions, and to test and assess the properties of different metals with regard to their weldability. A bachelor’s degree program focuses more on the managerial and technical positions available within welding and includes classes on technological and design problems and how to solve them, law and ethics, health and safety, manufacturing techniques, business management, and welding automation. The varied welding industry impacts on virtually every industry on the globe, and as a result, a career in welding offers vast options for employment and personal development.

Publish date: February 10, 2011