Learning Center for Welders

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Welding jobs are in high demand these days. In fact, so much so that most employers now have a permanent Help Wanted sign.
If you're thinking about becoming a welder, come check out these great articles.
If you're already in the biz, we've got some great stuff for you too.

 

 Welding Codes - Welding codes are compiled here in the United States by the AWS, American Welding Society. There are more than 240 AWS-developed codes in all, recommended practices and guides which are written in accordance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) practices.

 Welding Schools by State - Welding is one of the hottest jobs in the trades, but it does require training. In fact, the more training and certifications you get, the more money and opportunities you'll have. The following is a list of welding colleges and schools (about 500 of them in all) sorted by state that offer classes, degrees, and certifications. 

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  A Beginner's Guide to Welding - Thinking about becoming a welder? Even the most experienced of welders got their start in the same place: the beginning. Come check out this simple but helpful video that shows you how welding can be used in everyday life.

pen-icon.png Becoming a Welder - Part 1: Learning How to Weld - Welders help build and connect the world together. The fields are seemingly limitsless, everything from manufacturing to auto racing. You can work close to home or on the other side of the world. best part is, salaries for welders are higher today than they have ever been, and job demand is just as high. Come find out exactly what you need to do if you want to become a welder.

pen-icon.png Becoming a Welder - Part 2: Getting Your Certifications - While still in an entry level position like an apprentice, the demands of the job will pretty much remain menial. It’s important to understand what will be required of you moving forward, however. Different types of welders do different types of jobs. Before you decide on which type you’d like to be, first you must review the choices.

pen-icon.png Becoming a Welder - Part 3: Finding the Right Job - Right now, the average pay for welders is in the $50,000 a year range. Remember, that’s just the average and figures in apprentice pay as well. That means that more qualified and experienced welders are making anywhere from $80,000-$100,000 a year. In some cases, welders are earning in the $150,000 per year range.

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  Stick Welding Tips & Techniques - Stick welding, also known as shielded metal arc welding, is the welding process using consumable electrode coating to lay the weld. Come check out this great video on stick welding techniques and tips.

pen-icon.png 3 Best Paying Welding Careers - Believe it or not, some welders make more than doctors. It’s true, and all without the 10 years of college and heavy debt that goes with it. It’s all about supply and demand and right now welders are in high demand. If you want to make big money as a welder, be aware that you need to choose the right field.

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 18 Great Welding & Fabrication Tips - Everybody can always use a little help when it comes to welding techniques. Here are 18 of the most popular helpful tips that come in handy every day.

pen-icon.png Welding - Where the Jobs Are - This is the story of Spence Brennan, an assistant manager at a Chinese restaurant who was sure he could do better. What he found out was, he could. The 22-year-old found that a career in welding was not only more exciting, the pay and opportunities for advancement were much brighter.

pen-icon.png Young Welder Makes $140,000 a year - Justin Friend is the son of two PhD’s, so one might naturally assume that he would be heading for a college education as well. But five years ago, after graduating from high school, Friend decided upon taking another path: a career in welding.

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  Underwater Welding - Ever thought of becoming an underwater welder? It's not just one of the most exciting fields in welding, it's one of the highest paying. If you're not too fond of the ocean, it may not be for you. But if you like added excitement, underwater welding might just be the right choice. Come see what's it's like for yourself.

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  MIG Welding Basics - MIG welding, or gas metal arc welding,  is a welding process in which an electric arc forms between a consumable wire electrode and the workpiece metal. For those you just getting started, and even for those of you who just needed a refresher course, here is a great video on MIG welding basics.

pen-icon.png5 Reason Why You Should Become an Oil Rig Welder - Skilled trades are in high demand these days and for those who have the skills, wages are oftentimes higher than for those with college degrees. Welders are one of the best examples where some are making in excess of $100,000, even $150,000. One of the highest paying fields is for that of the offshore oil rig welder.

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  TIG Welding Basics - TIG welding, also known as Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, is an arc welding process that uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode to produce the weld. Come check out this great video that will take you through the basics.

pen-icon.png Meet Kelcy Warren, the Billionaire Welder - Ever wonder if you can get rich by being a welder? Become a millionaire? A billionaire? The answer is Yes. This is the story of Kelcy Warren of Energy Transfer Partners who got his start welding alongside his dad when his was just a teenager. If it could happen to him, it could happen to you too.

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Come check out some other great welding books

Welding Inspection Technology Workbook  Welding Inspection Handbook  Welding Handbook Volume 2: Welding Processes, Part 1  The Procedure Handbook of Arc Welding