• National Median Pay


  • Real Go-Getters Make


  • Hourly wages up to



  • 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 Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Recommended Education

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

Preferred Education

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

Advanced Education

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

Recommended Training

Welding- related work experience

Advanced Training

Apprenticeship program

Recommended 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



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


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


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


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