Your Step by Step Guide to Becoming a Welder
So, you think you want to learn how to weld? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Not only is welding a fulfilling and potentially lucrative career, but welders are currently in high demand. Starting your high-paying career in welding could be less than a year away. If you’re getting serious about starting the process of becoming a professional welder, then here is a general step-by-step explanation of what this journey will entail.
- Ensure you have the necessary prerequisites
Most welding schools will require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent in order to enter the trade school. Make sure you account for this as a necessary first step in case you do not already have one of these certifications.
- Determine which welding program is right for you
There are many factors that go into determining which welding school is right for you. Location, pricing, and the length of the program may all be important details for you to consider. While no one can make this choice for you, we recommend conducting some preliminary research on schools you think you might be interested in. Additionally, here at Sidney Lee Welding, we are always happy to answer any questions that you may have.
- Enroll in your welding program of choice and complete all of the required courses
Next comes the hard part! During this phase you will be learning the ins and outs of welding and preparing for your future career as a tradesperson.
- Pass required standardized tests by the American Welding Society
We get it. No one likes tests. But we promise that if you have done your homework and understand the processes of welding, you will have no problem passing these exams!
- Begin looking for work as a welder
This is the fun part – the moment you’d been studying your butt off for! And you will likely find work without waiting too long, like we said, there is currently a high demand for this skill.
- Renew your licenses every 6 months (as often as required)
Most welding licenses require renewal every six months. Make sure that you check on the requirements for your specific welding certifications and keep up-to-date with any actions required on your end.
And, that’s it! While we know it can sometimes seem daunting to start in a new direction, all of us here at Sidney Lee Welding can personally attest to how rewarding and fulfilling a career it is. Make sure to reach out if you have any further questions or want to discuss welding equipment you might need as you embark on this journey of yours!