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What is a good first-time job for a welding career?

I'm 18 years old and in trade school for welding. Any advice would be helpful. Is there a specific place I should be looking for the best opportunities?

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Vanessa’s Answer

My advice as female in a trade for the last 9 years of my life would be is to GO JOIN a union. With Welding you can go join the elevators union. I.U.E.C look up on google in the area you live. The pay is over six figures, pension, medical and 401k. You can also join the union for the Iron workers in your area. There is a lot of demand . We need more workers. I joined a union at 21 and I’m blessed with a great income and benefits.
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Edison’s Answer

Hi Aidan;

From my experience, I started building homes at first, I can speak from the experience I have on hiring technical and professionals in the construction and assembly business.

I’d suggest you start small- find someone who does the line of work you are interested in, and become an apprentice. As an apprentice sometimes they will pay you a minimum amount, however you’ll be trained in exactly what you are looking for!

I recently hired someone to weld a few things for me, this man became a welder by volunteering his time, soon enough he started working with a stage company building stages for huge name in the music industry! That is where this took him!

I wish you the best in your career development!

Edison recommends the following next steps:

Find a company that is looking for apprentices
Find a field of work you will enjoy working at/ with
Make sure is easy to travel to/ accessible and in your area of interest
Start small
Allow yourself to make some mistakes and correct them as you learn
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Kristy’s Answer

Hi Aidan,

I am not sure if you are a MIG/TIG/Stick welder, so bare with me:

For MIG welding, auto-repair shops would be a good place to start.
For TIG welding, try to get into sanitary stainless steel welding through food plants. Some companies will train you on this welding and it's an in-demand skill.

The reason I know this is because my ex was a sanitary TIG welder, XD

Wish you the best of luck,
Kristy

Kristy recommends the following next steps:

Contact your local auto-repair shops for MIG welding postions.
Contact local food plants for TIG welding postions.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, this is really helpful. Aidan
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