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what should be my first step to become a welder ?

should i go to college or go straight to work for welding

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Michael’s Answer

If u have a local welding shop that will hire u before u can get signed up for classes do it but go to school don't be a fool get that degree most employers want to see that degree!
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Jeffrey’s Answer

If you have a local welding shop that is willing to hire you as a helper and train you as a welder, that's a great option (and no cost).

But if you are looking for more formal training to start out, I would recommend a local welding school that provides a 12-week welding course. You do have the option of a 2-year community college "industrial arts" type of AA degree, but from my experience the 3-month course gives you all the basics you need to get hired and working, with less of a debt burden to pay off.

Jeffrey recommends the following next steps:

Seek out a local shop and see if they'll hire a helper/welder trainee
Locate a local welding school that offers a 12-week welding course with certificate upon completion
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Tina’s Answer

I have a friend who is a Master Welder. He had a little training in high school , but the best option was he went to the local Welders Union in his city. They provided hands on training and he developed skills to graduate from the program. He then was provided with an internships and a paid career. He has gone on the Master Weld, teach etc. He never went to college and makes 6 figures a year.
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