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How would i go about getting into the welding field

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David’s Answer

You can search for a trade school or vocational school near you to take classes. Search for local welding shops and go visit and ask if they would tell you about it and answer some of your questions about welding. Maybe they would consider allowing you to help out as a volunteer or even pay you a bit as you show your value to them. Read online about welding. I taught myself how to mig weld and bought a welder and used it to weld about 100 patches into a rare and valuable old car I'm restoring. I love welding. Have fun learning.
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Emily’s Answer

Hi Gloria,

In order to get into the welding field, you should first start looking into local welding classes. Depending on what kind of job you are looking for, you could attend a class that has an artistic focus (i.e. community art class, sculpture class or degree) or a vocational focus (i.e. trade school). You most likely will need a high school diploma or GED, as well as training (both from a class and potentially on-the-job training as well).

Personally, I learned how to MIG weld (one of the two most common types of welding) through my Sculpture major at my college. I took a Metal Sculpture class that taught me everything I needed to know to weld safely. This type of class was a good introduction into welding, but if I wanted to do this as a full-time career, I would try to take a class at a trade school as well to learn more about how to apply these skills.

Additionally, I would recommend trying to reach out to people who currently work as welders and ask if you can spend a day shadowing them. This will help you get a better feel for what the day-to-day life is like as welder.

Emily recommends the following next steps:

Take a MIG welding class
Spend a day shadowing a welder
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