Welders who want to pursue a full-time career will need to learn more than basic welding techniques if they want to succeed in their field. Welding instructor Marty Rice shares at the Fabricator that while technique is important, employers are looking for the following in their prospective employees:
An Understanding of Metallurgy
If you weld with too much heat, weld with too little heat, or fail to preheat your metal work piece, do you understand what will happen? Employers want reliable welders who not only know how to weld but understand the details of the process. For example, if you warp a piece of metal, you could create significant safety or environmental hazards.
Specialized Knowledge for Tasks
If you’re applying to a job that will involve specific welding techniques, make sure you learn them before showing up for the job interview. Employers generally want trained employees who know the most effective ways to weld the metal they work on.
Knowledge of Welding Codes
Welding codes aren’t just for inspectors. Before interviewing for a welding job, make sure you understand the relevant welding codes for your particular industry. Your employer wants welders who won’t create a series of headaches by fabricating welds that will get flagged by an inspector.
Excellent Work Habits
The simple practices that make for a good employee anywhere will serve you well in a welding career. Learn to show up early for work, communicate with your co-workers, and focus on your tasks. Learn what your supervisor or boss expects of you, and then exceed those expectations.
Getting a welding job isn’t rocket science, but it will take significant training and planning before you’re ready to have a go at it.