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What are the most effective strategies for seeking a position in this field of welding?


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Perrin’s Answer

The most effective strategy to get hired in this field is to have expierence and knowledge on the specific type of welding job your applying for. Most companies are going to ask you those exact questions, and ask you to perform a weld test, so bring your welding gear just in case. And know someone like me who does ornamental iron may ask you to fabricate a simple piece with different pitches and material like a small railing sample mig or stick welded. Someone who makes pasteurization equipment or food processing equipment may just want to see 2 pieces of stainless plate tig welded together. Another structural company may want you to preform 3g, 5g, and 6g stick welds, or even rigging and beam walking safety.

The best advice I can give you is 1) know what you are applying for 2) know if it's something you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life, and 3) go in there with the confidence that if they advertise hiring for $14-20 an hour you get hired at $20 an hour.

I will say though, fresh out of a high school or college trade school degree with no field experience will limit your starting pay, but that doesn't mean you can't ask for a raise or reassessment in 90 days.

If you can, practice fabrication of parts, not just welding 2 plates together over and over. Weld in multiple processes and positions. At my job I MIG (GMAW), TIG (TGAW), and stick (SMAW) weld aluminum, stainless, mild steel and brass in all positions pretty much daily. I also oxyacetylene weld, but that's an out dated process. I have multiple certifications in all of them through my employer. Your school degree or certificate means you know how to weld, but each individual employer actually has to certify you for insurance purposes. The only welding certifications that have any weight out of school would be a national welding cert like AWS, or similar programs.

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Steven’s Answer

At my work i notice that a lot of the welders show confidence in there work. I have heard of welders also bring in work to show there welding skills. Provide experience if possible and or college training .

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Michelle’s Answer

Unfortunately, I cannot answer your question. I do not know anything about welding or what you need to be a certified welder. Best of luck.

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