about the job

In short, welders join metal parts together. They also fill in holes and seams by using high-heat joint equipment. Given the strength of these joints, welders commonly work on ships, cars, and building structures.


what you'll do

Welders use construction documents, plans, specifications, and sketches to understand the tasks involved in a project. They calculate the dimensions that they need and inspect structures. Using high-heat torches, they permanently join metal together, while monitoring equipment eliminates overheating or material malfunction.



Welders require special training. Some welders complete a few weeks of classes, while others complete postsecondary coursework; others may combine training and work experience. Many secondary-level technical schools allow aspiring welders to take certification tests, and further training is available in postsecondary institutions such as vocational–technical institutes, community colleges, and private welding, soldering, and brazing schools.

all the other details

Skills needed

Attention to detail
Manual dexterity
Physical stamina
Physical strength
Spatial orientation 
Technical skills

what you'll get paid

The average starting salary is $40,240 but will vary depending on experience and training.