Recently, The Infrastructurist (a web site for those in the construction industry) named “Certified Arc Welding Technician” as one of ten infrastructure-related employment opportunities that has very encouraging prospects. When you think about vocational training to start a career in welding, your first thought is probably about skyscraper production or working in some machine shop. While these are common welding jobs, there are many other exciting opportunities out there. Any project that requires metal to be joined together needs welders. This means that welders work on projects for NASA, NASCAR, and even the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. Additionally, there are opportunities in robotics and underwater welding.
NASA, NASCAR and the Large Hadron Collider Offer Out-of-the-Ordinary Opportunities
If you’re from Texas, you’ve probably had a fair amount of exposure to NASA and NASCAR. With the Johnson Space Center and the Texas Motor Speedway, NASA and NASCAR’s presence is hard to ignore. Turns out that NASA and NASCAR have more overlap than you would think. They’re both interested in developing lightweight, durable, and fast vehicles. They also both need welders to help construct and maintain their vehicles. NASA and NASCAR aren’t the leading employers of welders, but they do give a lucky few a one-of-a-kind job.
You may not have heard about the Large Hadron Collider, but it’s a big deal. How big? It occupies a 17 mile long circular tunnel 570 feet underground Switzerland and France. It’s so big that it is currently the world’s largest machine. It’s a fair assessment to say that quite a few welders were needed to complete its construction, and many more are needed to continue its maintenance. This is just another example of the wide variety of projects that vocational training from a welding school can make available to you.
Robotics and Underwater Welding Keep Welding Interesting
Robotics is becoming more common and widespread in a variety of fields. In order to be sturdy and reliable these are often made out of metal, and because of this, they need to be welded together. The arc welding technician makes sure that a robot is maintained and always able to perform the tasks it was built to carry out.
Another out-of-the-ordinary welding career is underwater welding. Underwater welders are highly trained and must have certification as a diver. Working underwater is a very specialized branch of welding and the underwater welder is in demand particularly in places like the Gulf of Mexico where welders work on thousands of miles of pipeline, barges, platforms and anything else that needs repairs and/or welding. In order to become an underwater welding technician you need welding training, and diving training from a professional diving school.
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Whether traditional or unique, there are many projects that require welders. This is why vocational training in welding has become so popular. Tulsa Welding School has locations in Tulsa, OK, and Jacksonville, FL, but welcomes students from all over. If you live in Texas, Georgia, Alabama, or many other states, there is a Tulsa Welding School representative in your area available to inform you about all the benefits of attending our welding vocational training.