“I know my skill will sell. Wherever [I] go, that knowledge goes with me.” —Casey Hanevold, Wells Technology

Meet Casey

Watch the video

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.

Employee badge

Strong placement

82% of welding students are hired within 6 months of graduation.

Graduation Cap

A growing field

549 students graduate each year from welding programs in Minnesota.


Working conditions

Internal climate might get hot and dusty, requiring use of a facemask.

Warning Symbol

Safety first

You’ll need to adhere to all safety best practices and policies.

  • Manufacturing welding technician
  • Welding technician
  • Fitter
  • Maintenance technician

Less than 1 year, 1 year, 2 years

Learn About MN Companies


Research and information taken from Career OneStop, Career Manufacturing, CAREERWise Education (formerly iSeek), Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic, Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Workforce Assessment Initiative, National Association of Manufacturers, O*NET, The Manufacturing Institute, U.S. Department of Labor and Wanted Analytics. Information is subject to change without notice.

Thank You to Our Partners


360: Leading the Manufacturing Talent Revolution


Minnesota Precision Manufacturing AssociationTri-State Manufacturers' Association


Midwest Manufacturers' AssociationMinnesota Department of Employment and Economic DevelopmentWest Central Initiative