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How does one start as a traveling welder ?

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yoonji’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team

Hey Alexzander!

YoonJi from CareerVillage here! I asked some Professionals in our volunteer community about your question here, and Marco D. graciously responded with some guidance. He is a welder based in Venezuela who currently works at an oil & gas company.

He shared the following:

1st Step: You should be certified as a welder and up to date on the latest techniques and innovations in this field, as welding processes are constantly changing . As a new welder, you should be able to weld SMAW-GTAW-GMAW-FCAW, the four main types of welding (MIG – Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), TIG – Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Stick – Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and Flux-cored – Flux-cored Arc Welding (FCAW).

2nd Step: Have a valid passport to be ready to travel.

3rd Step: Be prepared to work in the areas you're looking for a job and take the necessary safety courses like H2s exposure and safety within confined spaces.

I hope this is helpful. If you have follow-up questions, please continue to post them on CareerVillage, and we'll do our best to get them answered!
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Daniel’s Answer

Traveling can mean worldwide or within the state. Getting certified in the different processes will help you land a job sooner but some companies can certify you through their in-house training program and move forward from there. If you don't have any major reasons not to travel I would see who's hiring and what they do for compensation so have an idea of what is the best fit for you at that time.
Having a good customer service background can never hurt if you're working with a distraught customer with broken equipment losing money by the minute on his farm.

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