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Is there something else related to welding?

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Thank you comment icon Hi Devin, could you give some more information about why you enjoy welding? It will help me get a better idea of some suggestions to offer! Hannah Ollen

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Jodie’s Answer

There is an art center focused on welding in Minneapolis. It is the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center that you might find interesting as it is offers training in traditional welding as well as non-traditional welding (art, jewelry). This would give you exposure and understanding of what careers are available. Copy and paste this into your browser. https://www.cafac.org/
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Dave’s Answer

Yes there is definitely something else related to welding. Mechanical engineering is a great career. With some background in welding and how things are built, mechanical engineering has a wide variety of options. Designing parts for automobiles or motorcycles. Also designing parts for special machines. But you can still be a welder and do all of that if you like to weld and fabricate metal projects. Myself I build motorcycle gas tanks and frames on the side. I work full time building testing chambers and shrouds for NASA and companies of the like.
Thank you comment icon im trying to get some more on site fabrication experience. Any advice is welcome Garrett Owen
Thank you comment icon Hey man. I’m a welder too I would like to know how I could get into NASA as well. I have the Tig, Mig and stick down very well. Sam Lindsey
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Zachary’s Answer

You could also look into Electrical work. Get a good understanding of what is actually happening around you when you weld something. It’s very hazardous without the proper ppe, it won’t show at first but years later. I love welding and I’m skilled but I had to stop as a full time job. Besides the sparkies make the most money!
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Stephen’s Answer

There are so many different jobs related to welding. Manual welders, and Fabrication welders work inside a shop making parts. Onsite welders who assemble the parts that come from the fabrication shop into buildings and structures. Maintenance welders who do repairs on existing things that need repair. Welding operators who don't do any welding but run robotic welders, and automated systems to perform welding. Each type of welding has a welding supervisor who is in charge of all the welders and tells them what to weld, and how to weld it.

I am a Welding Inspector and once welding has been completed its my jobs to make sure all the welds are good and wont fail. I work with Non destructive testing technicians who perform specialized tests like X-rays to see inside the welds. I report to a Welding Engineer who's responsible for all the welding on a job. They plan what welds are needed, if the welds need to have an inspector check it, what type of welding to use.

There are also many specialized types of welding like underwater welding or explosion welding that are unlike any other types of welding.
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