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10-weldingWelding involves the joining of metals using manual,semi-automatic and automatic arc welding equipment. Welders generally plan their work from drawings and blueprints and may use hand tools and machines to fabricate, assemble and welding to make products. Manual welding is controlled entirely by the welder, while semi-manual welding uses machines to perform some of the tasks.

There are many different types of welding depending on the material, equipment and techniques used, the nature of the final product and the degree of expertise required. These categories include Arc welders, Mig welders, TIG welders, Pressure welders, Fitter-Welders and flame-cutters. Welding provides a lucrative and rewarding career, with highly transferable skills and can offer very diverse work and challenges.

Welders are generally good with their hands and enjoy building and repairing things. As a welder, you need good hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity and the ability to concentrate on detailed work for long periods of time, often in awkward positions. You must also be able to read and understand blueprints or drawings and to follow simple instructions precisely. Knowledge of computerized tools and machinery, analytical ability and communication skills are all important for success in this field. Good math skills are an asset.

Welders are needed in many industries, but the overwhelming majority work in manufacturing and construction. They may build and repair parts of ships, automobiles and spacecraft or join beams and steel reinforcing rods in the construction of buildings, bridges and other structures. They are also employed by nuclear power plants and refineries. Because so many industries require welders they are always in demand, which means that skilled welders can choose who to work for, where to work and the area they want to work in.

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  • Blacksmith
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