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What Does a Welder Do on a Day-to-Day Basis?

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Welders and metal cutters are in high demand with the increased growth of infrastructure, construction and aerospace. A certification preparing you for an entry-level career in welding technology can be obtained from a trade school in less than a year.

With our 9-month welding technology program, you will learn a variety of different arc welding techniques including SMAW welding, MIG-GMAW welding, and TIG-GTAW welding.

What Do Welders & Metal Cutters Do?

Welders and metal cutters use hand-held or remotely controlled equipment to join or cut metal parts. Among their many responsibilities, they fill holes, indentations, or seams in metal products, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Welders and metal cutters typically perform the following.

  • Study blueprints, sketches, or specifications
  • Calculate the dimensions of parts to be welded or cut
  • Inspect structures or materials to be welded or cut
  • Ignite torches or start power supplies
  • Monitor the welding process to avoid overheating
  • Maintain welding equipment and machinery

How Does Welding Work?

Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. In this process, heat is applied to metal pieces, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. The most common type of welding is arc welding. Depending on the materials being welded, arc welding can be broken down into SMAW welding, MIG-GMAW welding or TIG-GTAW welding.

Arc Welding – Arc welding uses electrical currents to create heat and bond metals together. The type of weld is usually determined by the types of metals being joined and the conditions under which the welding is to take place.

  • SMAW (Shield Metal Arc Welding) – an arc welding process that uses an electrode and electric current to join metals. Commonly used to weld iron and steel.
  • MIG-GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding) – an arc welding process where a continuous solid wire electrode is fed through a welding gun into the weld pool, joining the two base materials together.
  • TIG-GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) – an arc welding process that uses long welding rods and slowly feeds them into the weld pool. Commonly used for thin gauge materials.

How Does Metal Cutting Work?

Metal cutters use heat to cut and trim metal objects to specific dimensions. They use the heat from an electric arc and a stream of ionized gas called plasma to cut and trim metal objects to specific dimensions.

What Do Pipe Welders Do?

Pipe welders join and repair tubular metallic pipe components to construct buildings, vessels, structures and stand-alone pipelines. Most pipe welders work on oil rigs, pipelines and refineries but they are needed across various industries including shipbuilding, automotive, construction and aerospace.

What is Combo Welding?

Combination welders prepare materials to be welded. They also weld metal components and maintain welding torches and equipment. Combo welders are trained in arc welding including SMAW (Shield Metal Arc Welding) and TIG-GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding).

Job Outlook for Welders & Metal Cutters

The aging infrastructure in the US requires the expertise of welders and metal cutters to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of welders and metal cutters is projected to grow 6 percent between 2016 and 2026. With the basic skills of welding very similar across industries, welders and sheet metal fabricators can easily shift from one industry to another without ever changing careers.

Ready to learn more about becoming a welder and/or metal cutter? The Welding Programs at MIAT College of Technology provide the hands-on training, practical experience and industry support it takes to pursue a rewarding technical career. Classes are interactive and led by dedicated instructors with years of experience working with welding equipment in a professional setting. You’ll get the one-on-one attention and personal support to pick up new skills quickly and the first-hand technical knowledge to feel confident entering the workforce.

To learn more about the Welding programs and explore if MIAT is right for you, fill out the form on this page. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a welding technician today.

MIAT College of Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

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