With the current state of our economic and job situations, many welders are trying to find areas that they can branch into or to relocate to areas where welding is highly sought after. Welders can make a lot of money when the economy is stable, but in our unstable times many welders have begun to consider moving overseas to find stable work. One of the main benefits to working overseas is that the pay is significantly higher than it is here and experienced welders are in high demand overseas. What we are going to do is offer you some helpful advice if you are considering working overseas.
The first thing that you need to do is to obtain your welding certification if you haven’t done so already. It is also recommended that you become certified in multiple areas which make your search for welding work much easier. If you are relatively new to the field of welding, you should also have a couple years of welding experience. The more experience you have here will make you more desirable to companies overseas that are looking for welders. They will likely choose someone with a higher amount of experience over someone who is just beginning.
If you are a certified underwater welder, you should seek work at shipyards along both coasts. Certified underwater welders have the ability to make even more money working overseas. Underwater welding is a highly sought after skill, especially among companies located overseas. You may also want to search contracts for building and development that will take place overseas. These can typically range from a six month to a two year contract. This amount of time can differ, and depending on how long you would like to work overseas, you should look for a contract that will fit that time frame.
Welders looking to work overseas can also inquire at companies that have locations all around the world. These larger companies tend to hire welders as the positions are needed. Another resource for welders wishing to relocate overseas is to apply for overseas welding jobs within the military. With military equipment located worldwide, the military is constantly looking for experienced welders who are willing to relocate and perform the necessary repairs. Working overseas can be a very rewarding endeavor both personally and financially. You will be able to experience different lifestyles and customs, as well as see locations that you never imagined you could.