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Make and repair metal parts by joining them together in the welding process

What does a Welder do?

The basic job of a Welder is to join two pieces of metal together using welding equipment. This is done in many industries, either to help create new products or to repair old ones. You might work for a welding company, strike out as a freelancer, or take a job at a manufacturing plant. Wherever you punch the clock though, your job—a combination of craft, skill, and technique—is one you should take pride in.

There are a few different kinds of welding. The difference lies in the techniques used, and they include arc, electrical, gas, and resistance welding. Some of these techniques are completely manual, meaning you hold the equipment and “freestyle” the project. Other techniques are semiautomatic—you guide a machine through the process.

This skill crosses many occupational fields. As a Structural Welder, you work on job sites, welding together huge beams for skyscrapers or bridges. Another common place of employment for Welders is a car manufacturing plant. Shipyards and airplane hangars also use your services.

In addition to the ability to handle hot metal, you also need to have technical skills. Many projects are very precise, requiring you to study blueprints or other schematics, and form seams with precision. Between the noise, bright lights, heat, and flying sparks, this job can be dangerous. So you wear special safety equipment and pay attention to your surroundings.

If you like a hands-on job that requires technical skill and an edge of creativity, a welding job may be for you.