As we’ve previously discussed here at the blog, welders remain in demand during an otherwise tough economic market. Whether you’re looking for your first job (fresh welding degree or certification in hand), you’re an experienced welder looking for a new challenge (or maybe a new location), or you want to get out of the shop and into the classroom as an instructor, there are plenty of opportunities for you to explore.
Entry Level Welding Jobs
API Heat Transfer has two welder positions open in Buffalo, NY. Applicants must have experience with MIG and TIG welding, reading blueprints, and using overhead cranes. To learn more, visit their jobs board.
Norfolk Southern Corp is hiring a freight car repairman (also referred to as a Carman). Applicants should have knowledge of burning, welding, and the operation of heavy fabrication equipment. The position is in Conway, PA, but there is a 6-12 week training in McDonough, GA. To learn more, visit the position listing.
General Dynamics Information Technology is hiring a welder in Chula Vista, CA. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and 1 year welding experience. Technical or vocational training is preferred but not required. View the position listing for more information about this position.
Traditional Welding Jobs
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is hiring a Structural Steel Inspector. Qualifications include a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in engineering or technology, certifications and experience in structural steel inspection, knowledge of the AWS code. To learn more about the position or to apply, visit the PANYNJ jobs board and search for “welding.”
The Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is hiring a pipe welder in Kuparuk, AK. In addition to pipe welding, the position performs basic rigging procedures and structural steel fabrication. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, as well as 4 years of experience. To learn more or to apply, view the full job listing.
MATCOR Metal Fabrication is hiring an NPI welding engineer to provide support and troubleshooting at their facility in Morton, IL. A high school diploma and at least 8 years of experience with sheet metal welding are required. To learn more, see the position listing.
Teaching and Education Welding Jobs
Chippewa Valley Technical College, in Eau Claire, WI, is seeking applicants for a full time fabrication and welding instructor, as well as part-time welding instructors. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent (7 years of education, certification, and work experience are deemed equivalent to a bachelor’s degree), minimum 2 years of relevant work experience, and the ability to lift up to 50lbs. To learn more specific details about qualifications and requirements, click on the position titles above or visit CVTC’s job board and search for welding.
Lincoln Tech is looking for welding instructors at three of its campuses – Grand Prairie, TX; Denver, CO; and East Windsor, CT. The positions involve teaching both in the classroom and in the shop. Applicants must have 5 years of experience, a high school diploma or equivalent, and knowledge of several different welding techniques.
Lone Star College has 9 positions currently open across its network of campuses in Texas. Positions range from full time faculty to part time lab assistant and stage production crew. To learn more about these positions, visit Lone Star’s job board and search for “welding.”
Not ready yet?
If you aren't sure you have all the skills, experience, or training under your belt, or you aren't exactly certain which direction you want to aim your welding career, don't worry. There are plenty of resources for you to explore here at WeldMyWorld.com. Page through our archives of posts on Welding School and Job Info and Welding Certifications to find ideas for welding careers, information on certifications and programs, and tips and advice for passing your certification exams.
Take some time to learn what kinds of careers are available in welding before you make any assumptions about your options and corner yourself into a career that isn't right for you. This trade offers a broad range of niches and specialties, so don't limit yourself by not looking into all the options. Who knows what your perfect welding career may end up being?
And if you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments!