Is Pipe Welding a Good Career?

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Are you planning your career? Are you interested in learning more about a career in pipe welding? Pipe welders are in demand4, and you can learn welding techniques from Tulsa Welding School. So, what is pipe welding?

What is Pipe Welding?

Pipe welding is a method of joining two pipes together. The different welding techniques that a pipe welder must be experienced with include arc welding, MIG welding, and TIG welding.

Arc Welding – the different types of arc welding include SMAW, GMAW, and FCAW

  • SMAW – shielded metal arc welding for pipe welding with no flux or shielding gas.
  • GMAW – gas metal arc welding that offers better control to deliver high-quality welds
  • FCAW – flux-cored arc welding that provides high productivity for pipe welding.

MIG Welding – metal inert gas welding that processes an electric arc between an electrode and a metal workpiece.

TIG Welding – tungsten inert gas welding produces high-quality welds and is best used for high-precision welding jobs.

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How Do You Become a Pipe Welder?

Completing the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School is a great way to become a pipe welder. You can be ready for a welding apprenticeship in as little as seven months. This program offers interactive workshops and welding training with industry-standard welding equipment. Plus, TWS uses the latest virtual reality technology to provide a safe environment to practice welding skills. During the Professional Welder program, you learn about welding fundamentals, GMAW and FCAW processes, structural welding, basic and advanced pipe welding, and complete a welding capstone.

Is Pipe Welding a Good Career?

Yes, there are many benefits to a career as a pipe welder. They include:


There is a demand for pipe welders. The U.S. infrastructure and increased government funding to fix this infrastructure means additional welders are needed. There will be 47,600 openings for welders projected through 2031.4 Most of these openings will be as a result of baby boomers retiring.

Career Variety

In addition to oil and gas, you can work as a pipe welder in many industries. Pipe welding is used to build scaffolding and water treatment plants. Pipes can be located in difficult-to-reach places and require more skill than most other welding techniques. You are trained to take on most challenges if you can weld pipes.

Room for Advancement

Welding is more than a job; it is a career. Robotics and AI are not coming for all welding jobs. Many pipe welding jobs need human judgment and the ability to maneuver tight spaces.

The career of a welder has room for advancement. Once you become a licensed journeyman welder, you can gain additional experience and test for a master welder license.

Want to Learn More?

The Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School starts by helping you know what it’s like to be a welder in interactive workshop courses and welding booths. You’ll be trained in structural, flux core, and pipe welding in as little as seven months. You’ll also be prepared to excel in job interviews and welding tests for various certifications.

Read about the types of welding careers you can pursue with your skills. Ready to start a Professional Welding program? Contact us today.