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what is the best way to get started as a welder

i am trying to become a welder and i have no clue where to start any ideas?#welding

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Jeffrey’s Answer

Do not take a 2-year community college welding course. You can learn everything you need to get started as a welder at a reputable, local welding school and it only takes about 12-weeks. Get a student membership at AWS (American Welding Society). Their welding forum is a treasure trove of info. You can ask (or just peruse) questions to other welders, welding engineers and welding inspectors from around the world. They (we) are always glad to help.
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Desiree’s Answer

Hi Ian - Based on my prior work in construction management, I understand that people take different routes to becoming a welder, some go to trade schools, others take certificate programs, almost all apprentice, etc. There are several different certifications that welders may hold. I suggest you research this online, review trade school courses/requirements/certifications, and/or contact a local Union. I see you're in Nebraska, maybe check out Steamfitters & Plumbers Local Union 464 in Omaha at https://www.lu464.org/index.asp .

Desiree recommends the following next steps:

Research on-line local trade schools for welding - look at their curriculum and the certificates they offer
Research welding certifications and how to obtain them
Contact a local union that supports welding and ask for career advise.
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