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