Welding

Is It Worth It Being a Welder? 5 Career Considerations

There is no one-size-fits-all career that will work for everyone, so it’s worth it to consider your interests, aptitudes and goals when embarking on any career path. Welding is the type of career that typically requires technical training, specialized knowledge, physical strength and attention to detail. If you’re thinking about investing in welding training, it […]

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What Is Needed to Start Welding? 4 Quick Tips for Beginners

Welders will likely be needed to rebuild America’s infrastructure in the coming years.‌1‌ If you want to play a part in keeping the country strong, now might be a good time to find out what is needed to start welding. Here, we’ll take a look at the skills, tools and training that could be helpful […]

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Can Welding Be Self Taught? Exploring Your Welding Training Options

Are you thinking a career in welding could be right for you? But you’re wondering how to get started? You might be happy to know that you don’t need a 4-year college degree to become a welder. 2 So, does that mean you can teach yourself to weld? See if welding can be self-taught in […]

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What Is the Best Welding Rod for a Beginner?

Of the hundreds of different types of welding rods out there, where should a beginner start? Different welding school instructors may recommend beginner welding rods for different purposes, so be sure to consult your welding training teachers. If you’ve yet to enroll in welding school, you could consider using the 6010, 6011 and 6013 welding […]

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Do You Push or Pull When Stick Welding?

Stick welding is one of the most commonly applied techniques in the family of arc welding processes.1 It’s likely one of the first processes you’ll learn about in your welding classes. And there are some important considerations for getting it right: Should you push or pull the weld pool? When stick welding, you should always […]

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How Old Are Welders? Investigating the “Skilled Trades Shortage”

In recent years, news agencies and the American Welding Society have spotlighted the aging welding workforce to underscore the potential for a skilled trades shortage.1 How old are welders? The median age of a welder in 2019 was 39.5, according to charts of U.S. Census data.2 In 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BSL) reported […]

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What Is the Easiest Welding to Learn?

What qualifies as the “easiest” type of welding is ultimately subjective, but metal inert gas (MIG) welding is generally thought of as one of the easiest types of welding to learn for beginners.1 This welding process is sometimes referred to as the “hot glue gun” of the welding world because it uses a handheld gun […]

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