Welder

$60,460 earning potential

Welders fuse and cut metal materials. They can work in several different industries, so welders might build structures or repair existing infrastructure.

This option is for you if:

You are creative or artistic

You work to a rhythm

You follow directions well

At the end of the day, you want to think, "I helped build that!"

You're patient and detail-oriented

You like a challenge

TIFFANY DEMORET

WELDER/BOAT BUILDER

Hometown: Hot Springs

Age: 27

Where I trained: National Park College and on-the-job training

What I Earned: On-the-job training

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RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Utilize welding machines to cut or fuse metals such as aluminum or steel
  • Understand blueprints and calculate dimensions and specifications for the welds
  • Safely clean, set up and maintain the equipment
  • Supervise the process to prevent overheating

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The more you know, the better you are. The better you are, the more you make. I’m still fairly new, but I’ll get there one day. Just keep building up."

COOL PERK:

Welding is a highly transferable skill that can be applied to many occupations, such as construction and manufacturing. Welders are also employed in a wide variety of different industries, so there is room to personalize your welding experience to fit your interests!

RELATED OCCUPATIONS:

Sawing Machine Operators; Welding, Soldering and Brazing Machine Operators; Cutting, Punching and Pressing Operators; Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Operators; Metal and Plastic Molding, Core Making and Casting Machine Operators

HOW I CHOSE THIS FIELD:

I picked up welding with a family friend named Tony. He and I made welding tables for fun and I fell in love with it."

WHY I LOVE THIS FIELD:

What I love most about my job is the people I work with. I’ve never worked anywhere where they treat you as if you are their family, and they care about their product."