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What are some steps I need to take to get into the welding field?

I am a High School student looking for information about how to enter the welding field. #high-school #student #welding


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Lisa’s Answer

Hi Brett - are you talking about welding in metal manufacturing? Like welding steel columns and beams at a construction site? That's not my line of expertise but as an architect, I work with structural engineers and general contractors who do this kind of work. My first inclination would be to research structural engineering (if you are more math/physics inclined) or research steel metal fabrication (hands-on steel/welding manufacture). People who work in these industries would have more information for you. Hopefully, there are some knowledgeable ppl in this community...?

As a side note, I believe the AISC (American Institute of Steel Construction) has scholarships available:
www.aisc.org/education/university-programs/scholarship-opportunities/

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Dee’s Answer

Agreed. Check out you local steel electors union in your state and see how you can join. Depending if you actual want to be an actual union steel erector. The union would provide you with proper training. I'm not sure in your state, but in NYC you can obtain a NYC DOB welders license. If not, and you would like to be a structural engineer, you have to go to college and then go for you P.E. license in your state.

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Steven’s Answer

There are a few steps available for getting into the welding trade, but the first step will be to figure out and understand which industry you want to weld in. You have Ironworkers, Shipyards, Power and energy, Oil, Pipelines, Production, Manufacturing and many others. Each industry requires a different skill set where welding is concerned. Like others have said you have Unions you could look into joining their apprenticeship programs. Some shipyards also have apprenticeship programs available. You also have the option of trade school or tech schools. All depends on your options and choices.

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Tracy Ann’s Answer

Hi Brett - I would also like to suggest looking into local unions. Most unions offer on the job field training in wielding, as well as classes.

http://flaflcio.org/

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