• National Average Median Pay

    $45,000

  • Real Go-Getters Make

    $67,000

  • Hourly wages up to

    $25/hour

Responsibilities

  • Set-up and operate welding and joining processes for lab tests, and perform welding experiments
  • Work in cross-functional engineering teams to develop and test new products
  • Conduct training programs and field service activities for clients
  • Support related manufacturing requirements
  • Interpret welding related requirements and troubleshoot welding problems

Education & Training

Education and training that can lead to a successful career may include:

Minimum

High school diploma or equivalent

Minimum

Associate degree in welding, metals fabrication, engineering technology, etc.

Education

Certificate in welding, metals fabrication, machining, robotic welding, etc.

Education

Bachelor’s degree in welding, material science, welding engineering, etc.

Training

Apprenticeship program

Training

Related welding work experience

Certification

AWS Certified welder

Essential Skills

  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Highly motivated and self-directed
  • Effective written and oral communication
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Proficient with hands on and automated arc welding and cutting processes
  • Able to identify weld discontinuities and read blueprints

Work Environment

Many welding technicians work in shop or lab environments. Field service on active construction sites and travel opportunities for this career are common in some industries. 

Top Industries

Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Agricultural Equipment, Automotive Components, Electronic Devices, Aerospace and Aviation Components
Transportation

Transportation

Motorsports, Aerospace Components, Light and Heavy Railway Equipment, Shipping and Maritime Vessels
Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Bridge & Highway Construction, Building & Structural Components, Utilities & Capital Projects

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