Not specific to welding, but what I can tell you is that many employers look for the qualities below:
- Communication skills
- Honesty and integrity
- Problem-solving skills
- Eagerness to learn
Here's an article I found that can help you find answers to your question: https://www.thefabricator.com/thewelder/article/arcwelding/what-employers-expect-from-welders as I do not have any experience in the field of welding.
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