Welding

Fusing the Future: Welders Needed to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

You likely know all about grades from your welding classes. But did you know America’s infrastructure gets them too?1 Roads and highways. Grade: D. Transit systems. Grade: D-. Dams. Grade: D. Aviation. Grade: D.1 Pretty bad, right? Overall, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the country’s infrastructure a D+.1 Who’s going to fix it? […]

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5 Tips to Help Women in Welding Find Career Success & Satisfaction

How can you find career success and satisfaction as a woman in welding? Consider these 5 tips: Learn the fundamentals of metal fusing in welding training.1 Find scholarships for women in trade school.2 Connect with other women in welding.3 Wear women’s safety gear.4 Earn welding certifications.1,5 Keep reading to see how these tips might help […]

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How to Strike an Arc in TIG Welding

Striking an arc means to establish a welding current across a gap between the welding electrode and the base metal.1 Welding training programs may offer instruction in how to strike the arc in different types of welding methods, including TIG welding. What is TIG welding? And what are the 3 ways to strike the arc […]

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Welding School Grad Guide: Where Could You Apply Your Skills in the Job Market?

Once you’ve completed your welding program, where could your newly learned skills take you in the job market? Though it’s pretty easy to imagine working in a metal shop, there could be a whole wide world of welding possibilities ahead of you, from fusing the metal joints for race cars and fine electronics to helping […]

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What Are the Different Welding Positions?

The American Welding Society identifies four primary welding positions:1 Flat position Horizontal position Vertical position Overhead position1 What is a welding position? Why are there different welding positions? And how do you know which position to use? Keep reading for answers. Why Are There Different Welding Positions? Those who’ve never taken welding classes or fused […]

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6 Setup Tips for Better Stick Welds

What’s the most common type of arc welding? Shielded metal arc welding, also known as “SMAW” and “stick welding.”1,2 The widespread use of stick welding is a bit surprising, given the process isn’t that easy to learn. Many students in welding training may need a good amount of practice before they can weld a reliable […]

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The History of Welding Helmets

In welding classes, you typically have tools and safety gear you rely on daily. Among them is the welding helmet, a piece of equipment many welders might agree is indispensable.1 Since this safety item must be worn the entire time you are welding to protect your eyes and face, buying a welding helmet is perhaps […]

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Do You Have to Be Strong to Be a Welder?

Welders are skilled trades workers who shape and join pieces of metal, like steel and aluminum, using heated torches or lasers. Welding is a skill employed in many different fields, from aerospace to ship building and construction to automotive.1 If you are considering going into welding, you may be wondering: do you have to be […]

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Do You Need a GED for Welding School?

Earning a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) is often a prerequisite for getting into trade school, including welding school.1 For example, the admissions requirements section of Tulsa Welding School’s catalog indicates applicants are required to be either high school graduates or GED holders.2 Read on for more information on the GED and […]

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Is Welding School Worth It?

Yes, welding school can be worth it because a postsecondary welding education is increasingly becoming a requirement among employers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).1 While some employers are still willing to hire entry-level workers, many prefer those who have received the proper education and training in the field by way of […]

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