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What are somethings I need to know about going into welding as a career

I am a hard worker and I have a passion for welding and would like to continue is a career #career #job #welding

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Josh’s Answer

Andrew provided a good answer above. I will give you a different perspective. There are so many different types of jobs in the welding field be sure to keep your mind open to different types of welding gigs. I visit many businesses that have welders doing many different types of operations. Being employed by a business that someone else owns has its perks and can pay well. Many small businesses exist that are owner operator only. I know a man that builds handrails and stair rails in his barn and makes a very good living doing what he loves. I have another acquaintance that started with a mobile welding rig on the back of his truck and now has a very good business welding construction and agricultural equipment on sites when they break. If you have the motivation and drive you can start something small and make it into a great career. Remember to learn about the safety aspects needed to keep yourself healthy and safe when welding. There are many areas of welding such as fumes, flash, and electrical issues you need to be aware of to keep yourself safe.
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It somewhat depends on the field of welding or what welding process (GTAW, SMAW, FCAW, etc) you are interested in. But the constants are:
1) Let your work ethic speak for itself-what you seek out is what you’ll get. If you’re content with only doing the minimum requirements then the minimum advancement and minimum payoff is all you will get. Anyone can go very far in this trade that wants to, I’ve watched one person who started as a helper with no experience become a good welder very quickly because he sought it out. He came in early and stayed late and even came in on his own time on weekends to practice and asked others to teach him. I e watched another fitter who’s work ethic is so great he’s now the straw boss. Be willing to start from the bottom and know that what you put in is what you’ll get back. Hard work is always seen, even when you think no one is watching.
2) Be comfortable enough to ask questions from your co workers and supervisors. No one will ever fault you for wanting to learn or make sure you’re doing something right.

Andrew recommends the following next steps:

Consider getting certifications in different processes
Research the welding fields that interest you and look at their job markets
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