I just finished an article about welding
as a career and how welders are in HIGH demand right now for
The same day I wrote it I received an email and a phone call about
welding jobs needing hands, one local, the other in South Carolina.
"In three years of being a staffing company owner I've only
been able to find one welder here in SC worth hiring then he got
fired a few weeks later b/c he wasn't that motivated. There's definitely
a huge need for welders. I'm trying to attract more welders to SC
for several clients right now. One client does steel for sky scrapers
and the other does stainless steel for industrial kitchens. "Ken
Carey, AGIL Staff www.agilstaff.com
I could write volumes on how there aren't enough welders, and more
on the welders who are unqualified, or not motivated to work and
do the job right. So what does that mean for someone thinking about
getting into the trade? NOW is the time to do it! The work conditions
have improved remarkably in shops as well as out in the field. Welding
jobs are safer and the pay is very attractive.
In the above article I stress the importance of researching welding
jobs and list some sites to help do so. If you're thinking about
getting a welding job, you should plan on going for the gusto in
a NICE, SAFE, WELL-PAYING company whether it be a shop welding job
or out in the field.
There is a wide diversity of welding jobs out there from safe,
clean environments to dirty, dangerous, lousy environments. There
are good paying welding jobs, and there are lousy paying welding
jobs. You DON'T want the latter. Back in the day I might have said
it was ok to work a crummy, low-paying job to get the experience,
but not now. If you get the right training, you can find a welding
job in a good company that pays well even for greenhorns.
Go to Lincoln Electric Welding School and you can be in a good
paying welding job in as little as three or four months. Go to a
community college and you can land a good job with a one-year certificate.
That is, of course, IF you bust your ass learning! I get all kinds
of students who want to go make $40 or $50 and hour, but don't want
to practice or study theory, blue prints, or metallurgy.
To land a good welding job, you have to burn baby burn. Burn rod
after rod after rod, run wire big time, practice cutting, study,
and then go back to burning. The more you burn, the more you learn
more you learn, the more you'll earn. Corny sounding but as true
as true can be. If you ain't willing to burn rod practicing, you
won't last on a good welding job.
Check out Welding Jobs Part II