$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.
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
Hometown: Hot Springs
Where I trained: National Park College and on-the-job training
What I Earned: On-the-job training
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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."
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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."
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."