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Why should I join the welding industry?

Why should I choose the welding industry as a career? How many hours a day on average are the shifts? I am 16 years old and am interested in the welding industry; What is a good age to join the welding industry?

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Kyle’s Answer

Hey Alan, I have several family members who are full-time welders, and one that even owns his own welding shop. It is a great, in-demand profession that can you can build a career out of. I would start by researching welding companies, trade school programs, and apprenticeships in your area. A lot of companies are very willing to teach you required skills, and a lot of trade schools partner with local companies so that you get real world experience. There are a lot of specialty welding disciplines you can learn (such as underwater welding or welding of special materials) that can pay quite a bit of money.

Shifts are probably around 8-10 hours, either on a job site or in a shop. It is definitely physically demanding work. I would say 18 is a great age to join the industry if that is the type of work you are looking for after high school. Hope this helps!

Kyle recommends the following next steps:

Research trade schools for welding.
Research local companies and apprenticeships.
Learn as much as you can on your own!
Thank you comment icon I'm excited to put your great advice to good use! Alan
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Alan’s Answer

Hello Alan, your question 'Why should I join the welding industry?' This a question you need to answer internally yourself of the 'Why'...
For general career guidance you should choose a career you will enjoy and are passionate about, if this is welding or whatever then when you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything.

Since I not welder I cannot provide the other answers you are seeking, but remember you will be doing whatever career you choose for hours a day for many years to come so again it something you should enjoy doing and gain satisfaction from .



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Natalie’s Answer

My favorite uncle is a welder and he started around your age doing the research. He was able to get in a welding program right after high school and did that work for 30 years. He talks about how rewarding the work is and how it becomes like second nature once you get it. I hope you follow your dreams and this helps :)

Natalie recommends the following next steps:

Research welding programs as soon as possible
Ask for a welder to be a mentor
Thank you comment icon Thanks for the advice. Alan
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