Welding professionals specialize in joining materials like stainless steel, brass, aluminum, and steel to create products. Welders make an average of $16.13 an hour. Becoming a welding professional involves meeting various testing and training requirements that offer the essential skills needed to work in the industry.
Requirements & Eligibility
To become a welder, you will be required to meet all prerequisites for the welding school in Florida that you will be attending. While you are not required to attend welding schools to work as a welder in Florida, You will be required to pass the American Welding Association (AWS) test, which is almost impossible to pass without adequate training and education.
Application Process & Costs
• Research welding training courses as well as the welding school you would like to attend
• Call the welding school you would like to attend and inquire about the application process, costs as well as tuition fees and other types of fees.
• Apply for the welding course.
• Once admitted, attend the welding course and earn your certificate.
• Most welding courses last between a few weeks to several months.
• Once you finish your training, contact the AWS to set up a certification test. However, before you take the test, attend an AWS seminar to learn more about the test.
• Receive the AWS license and start working as a welder in Florida.
Welding internships offer students the opportunity to practice what they have been learning in the classroom. Many welding licensing schools encourage students to work as interns in industrial settings so that they can hone their technical skills and gain hands-on experience in using welding equipment and technology.
There are different types of online welding programs ranging from a basic welding certification to associate degree or bachelors degree in welding. Some employers look for welding professionals who have a high school diploma and have passed several welding tests while others prefer candidates who have at least an associate degree from a technical school. Online welding training can take anywhere from a few weeks up to two years to complete. Courses cover topics in metallurgy, pipe layout, and welding symbols among others.
Maintaining Certification/License & Renewal
Most welding certifications are administered by the American Welding Society. Welding certifications are designed to ensure the welding industry maintains a high standard of skill, knowledge, and technique. Welding courses include structural welding and pipe welding. Maintaining a welding license in Florida involves taking the welding recertification test once the license to practice expires.
Salary & Job Prospects
Welding professionals working in the electrical and natural gas industries earn relatively higher salaries than those in any other industry. The median salary for welders in all industries is $40,040 per annum. Welders in electrical power generation earn a median salary of $66,550 yearly as of May 2013.
Welders in the natural gas industry earn about $62,130 per annum; structural and architectural industry $35,760 annually, and motor vehicle industry $34,280 yearly. Underwater welding professionals earn an average 51,070 per year.
Welding professionals with their own equipment usually earn more than those who do not own welding equipment. Additional welding credentials can also increase your pay ceiling because it opens up opportunities in different welding occupations. The amount of pay you receive as a welder is determined by your skill level, experience, and location. Generally, welders working in remote, dangerous locations such as offshore rigs earn more than those who work in less risky locations.
Welding is a very promising profession. There is an increasing demand for welders, especially in the oil and gas as well as construction and architectural industries.