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
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