“I know my skill will sell. Wherever [I] go, that knowledge goes with me.” —Casey Hanevold, Wells Technology
What do welders do?
Study the science of materials and metals (metallurgy) to know how they work together. Melt pieces of material together to form new parts or products. Work in a manufacturing plant, outside, underwater or even outer space.
Plan work from drawings or specifications or use your knowledge of fluxes and base metals to analyze the parts to be joined. Handle diverse materials such as titanium, aluminum and plastics.
Upsides & Downsides: Facts you should know
A good living
Welders in Minnesota make $39,970 a year on average.
82% of welding students are hired within 6 months of graduation.
A growing field
549 students graduate each year from welding programs in Minnesota.
Internal climate might get hot and dusty, requiring use of a facemask.
You’ll need to adhere to all safety best practices and policies.
- Manufacturing welding technician
- Welding technician
- Maintenance technician
Less than 1 year, 1 year, 2 years