Welder

Manufacturing & Trades

Do you love to build things with your hands?

Look at a career in WELDING.

What is it?

Welding is the process of joining or melting two or more pieces of metal, plastic, or glass together as part of the manufacturing process of building a larger structure, product, or machine. Welding is done using heat, gas, or pressure, and can take place indoors in a manufacturing environment or outdoors at a job site on land, sea, or even space.

What will I do?

Welders use various tools and machines to join materials together, like a blow-torch or automated machinery. You will study and execute designs and blue-prints, calculating the exact specifications and dimensions of what and how materials need to be welded together. After welding pieces together, newly joined pieces must be cleaned and smoothed out.

 

Can lead you to these jobs:

  • Code Pipe, Plate, or Structural Welder
  • Construction or Maintenance Welder
  • Fabricator
  • Machinist
  • Mass Production Welder Tacker
  • Robot Welder Technician
  • Welder Inspector / Tester
  • Welding Engineer
  • Welding Production Manager

Important characteristics for this job include:

  • Manual labor
  • Good eye / hand coordination
  • Long days
  • Enjoy math and science
  • Attention to detail

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Welder

Employment Stats in Lake County

EDUCATION LEVEL NEEDED

High School

MEDIAN
SALARY

JOB GROWTH
OVER NEXT 10 YEARS

%

JOB OPENINGS
OVER NEXT 10 YEARS

Source – Emsi, 2019

Interested in pursuing a career in Welding?

IF YOU ARE IN HIGH SCHOOL:
Check first with your local high school to see if they offer a Welding program. You can also register for the Welding programs offered by the Tech Campus.

IF YOU NEED TUITION
OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
:

Training grants are available to assist you with tuition or financial assistance through the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA).

IF YOU HAVE
GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL:

Check out available Welding programs offered by the College of Lake County.

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