Not sure where to begin in your welding career journey? Don’t fret, you have options! In fact, in Houston, you have a few ways to become a welder.
How Do I Become a Welder in Houston?
You have two options to become a welder in Houston.
You can graduate from Tulsa Welding School or go directly to become an apprentice. While starting as an apprentice may sound like the quicker option, you can actually learn more, get more practice and cut down on the years that you need to be an apprentice by attending Tulsa Welding School’s Professional Welding program. Most students get a trade school diploma and then become an apprentice before getting a license as a journeyman welder in Houston.
As an apprentice alone, you may only learn one aspect of the welding job and miss out on your ability to become a multi-skilled welder that can take on any welding project. This is the main benefit of attending the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School.
When you attend Tulsa Welding School, you get hands-on training from experienced instructors. This gives you personal attention from instructors and the ability to create lasting friendships with classmates.
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What Does a Welder Do?
Professional welders use hand-held and remotely controlled equipment to join or cut metal parts. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, welders do the following:
- Read and interpret blueprints, diagrams, and specifications.
- Calculate and measure the dimensions of parts.
- Use testing to inspect structures or materials to be welded.
- Use welding equipment to cut or join metal parts.
- Maintain welding equipment and machinery.
How Long Does It Take to Become a Welder in Houston?
The Professional Welder program at our Houston, Texas campus can be completed In as little as 7 months. During this program you can learn structural welding, fluxcore welding, and pipe welding.
As a Professional Welding program student, you will learn the fundamentals of welding processes like:
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) – also known as stick welding, SMAW uses a flux coated consumable electrode with a metal rod at the core to create an electric arc between the metal and the electrode. The flux coating provides a protective layer of slag. As the metal rod inside the electrode melts it forms a weld.
Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding – also known as Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), brings two pieces of metal together between the surface of the weld and a continuously fed filler electrode. Mig welding requires reverse polarity.
Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding – uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode that delivers a current to the welding arc.
Are Welders in Houston in Demand?
Welders are in demand in Houston.* Despite the limited growth potential reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are still over 47,000 openings for welders projected each year for the coming decade.
Are There Any Welding Associations in Houston?
There are a few associations that support welders. One of the most recognized in Houston is the American Welding Society.
American Welding Society
The Houston chapter of the American Welding Society offers certification exams and provides information for professional welders that are looking for opportunities within Houston. AWS also has events to support professional welders in Houston.
Want to Learn More?
Ready to become a welder in Houston and start a rewarding career? You can start by contacting one of the TWS team members to learn more about the Professional Welder program. We can answer any questions you have. Call (855) 806-4921 today to get started.
Interested in learning more about welding training? Read about different training options to see which is the best path for you.
*According to BLS data the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX area employed 15,110 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers (514121) through May 2021 http://data.bls.gov/oes.