Welding is a satisfying profession that covers a range of jobs. If you know how to use profile cutting and welding equipment, you’ll find that there’s no shortage of employment opportunities. You could have the chance to work underwater, on an oil rig, on a building site, or in a machine shop. Your options range from building bridges, to performing vital repair work on an oil rig.
Because of the importance of the structures that you will be working on, welders are required to pass stringent tests. You will need to get certified for each piece of profile cutting and welding equipment, and there are certifications for different materials too.
You will have to keep your skills up to date, and get re-certified frequently, so that your employers know that they can depend on the quality of the work that you do.
The easiest routes to certification are to attend a good trade school, or to serve an apprenticeship in a welding shop where you can learn the basics on the job. If you go the apprenticeship route, then you will get valuable experience that will help you to get in to the job that you want further down the line.
The work you’ll do
Welding jobs can involve long hours. Basic construction jobs will most likely have standard 40 hour weeks, but overtime may often be available, especially if you’re working to a strict deadline.
Offshore jobs vary, but often they involve being on the rig for two weeks, working twelve hour shifts, followed by two weeks of shore leave, before you return for more twelve hour shifts. There are overseas assignments, and these often involve longer hours. the work is physically demanding, and requires a lot of concentration.