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What is a Welder?

A welder is a master craftsperson who works in every area of the construction industry where metals and alloys are joined.

The expertise of a welder includes installation, maintenance, and repair of all types of piping systems as well as join structural steel brackets and supports for such systems. A welder has to work in many different environments and in all types of positions

Welders will study blueprints, drawing, and specifications for the job and must measure, cut and weld using various welding methods and tools. Welders need to have good dexterity and attention to detail, as well as technical knowledge about the materials being joined and the best practices in the field.

How to Prepare for the Trade

  • Knowledge of general math – algebra, geometry, trigonometry
  • Knowledge of general science – chemistry and physics
  • Drafting and blueprint reading
  • Good science and English skills

Welding is a specialized tool of the Piping Industry’s pipefitting trade. The five-year training program through the Piping Industry allows apprentices to obtain 8,500 hours of on-the-job training – including 350 hours of welding training – under the direction of a professional pipefitter while earning a competitive wage.

Click here to learn more about the Piping Industry apprenticeship program and to take the first step towards an exciting career.