Welders are always in high demand as they’re needed in almost every single industry. If you love the idea of not worrying about where your next job will be or being affected by the recession, welding will provide you with job security and endless exciting opportunities. To top it off, you’ll never get bored or feel the need to change careers because a welder can switch from one industry to another flexibly. Or, if you’re already an experienced welder and would like to improve your skills for better job prospects, we can serve your needs too. Check out our wide range of welding courses.
Want to be a welder?
Welding has been dubbed the best kept secret in career planning. Whether you’re thinking of starting a career as a welder or hope to learn more welding techniques, we’ve got courses that are suitable for all levels. First, think about the types of welding techniques you’re interested in, and then decide if you’re after a vocational course or apprenticeship, which will involve a bit of studying and on the job training. You can choose to train on relevant courses like the ABC Certificate in Fabrication and Welding Practice at levels 1-3, City & Guilds Award in Welding Skills or EAL Award in Welding.
Not a welder? Welding could still be helpful!
Learning to weld isn’t confined to just welders or wannabe welders. Artists who do a lot of sculptures would find welding useful too. You’ll learn to spot welding, cut plasma, solder using different techniques and learn to use TIG and MIG welding machines. Other people who may want to consider welding include architects, product designers, jewellery designers and teachers.
What do you learn?
In beginners classes, you’ll be taught about health and safety welding processes and equipment, plasma cutting, oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, manual metal arc welding, metal inert gas welding, bronze welding and macro-etching. For the more advanced learners, you’ll learn to further develop your welding skills to work within the welding and fabrication industry. Assignments are very practical and depending on the levels you’re studying, the duration of the course will be reflected in that.
To become a welder, you don’t need a college degree. Welders can get a certificate in as little as nine weeks. Upon completion of some courses, you’ll achieve a City & Guilds award. Kick start your search for the right qualifications and study for full time or short courses here.
Endless job opportunities
A career in welding opens up a world of job opportunities that allow you to work in various industries with the possibility of good career advancements. Some of the fields that you can work in include inspection, engineering, robotics, education, project management and even sales.
Become a road warrior!
Welders who travel for a living are known as road warriors because they make a living literally living on the road, eat out every night and experience the world. They can be found welding in the bottom of the ocean one month and doing their job in outer space the next! Opportunities to travel and see the world are abundant and welders get paid very high salaries. If you’re adventurous and don’t mind working hard for serious cash, choose from our part time and weekend welding classes, and you’ll find yourself working in military support, on board luxurious cruise ships and even enjoy the privilege of travelling with F1 racing teams to work on some of the fastest cars in the world.
Did you know?
· Welding in space was first attempted in 1969 by Russian cosmonauts. Today, advances in welding technology have made it essential for projects like the construction of the International Space Station.
· The first car made with an entirely plastic body was assembled using ultrasonic welding.
· Metals that touch in space stay stuck permanently! This isn’t possible on Earth as the atmosphere puts layers of oxidized materials between the metals. The vacuum in space doesn’t.
If I didn’t feel like an idiot before going into my interview with Garrett Strong, the American online welding teacher who has helped train students all over the world, I did twelve minutes later when I realised I needed to put 001 before his number. It’s 8am his time, but he is more than happy to chat away about his welding hobby and the training videos he shares online. A self taught welding expert, he admits he is ‘pretty damn good’ at what he does, despite deciding not to take it up as a career. Laughing as I ask him what welding is, Garrett is funny, down to earth and despite being 3459 miles away (yes I checked) his advice is relatable and just makes sense. Whether you want to take welding up as a career, make money from it on the side, or just as a hobby, this is one expert worth listening to.
I feel like an idiot asking this, but what is welding?
(Laughs) well you can weld together steel, aluminium, titanium and all different kinds of metals. I typically weld only aluminium and steel and the enjoyable part for me is that if you have a creative outlet you can build anything. The other day I was in a restaurant and saw someone had welded a palm tree out of sheet metal – it was amazing.
So how did you get into welding?
Well it was quite simple really, I had some friends that were welders and it became an interest. Also there is a financial aspect to it, I am not a welder by career but I’ll do work on the side – it’s pretty lucrative if you get the right projects.
What is the hardest part when it comes to welding?
The hardest part about welding is when you’re melting two pieces of metal together; it is not always easy to control the weld puddle. The weld puddle is the spot of the weld at 10,000 degrees so it can be difficult for a beginner to control this. They don’t know where to start, or what the perfect welding process is. The easiest method to get the hang of as a beginner is a mid welder, which has a trigger on it. If you are using one of the more advanced methods like tig welding you’re using both hands and it can be difficult for beginners.
What inspired you to start filming your tutorials and teaching people through videos?
I was actually a teacher at an elementary school for a while. I had already started a couple of businesses online and I just thought I know how to deliver this; a lot of people want to learn but don’t know how to start. This is something a lot of people want to learn and people are often curious about. There are lots of resources out there but it’s so much easier to learn when you have a video of someone walking you through stuff. A lot of beginners don’t know how to start or what equipment they need – despite what you might hear, you do not need to spend thousands of pounds on a gigantic welder to succeed.
What is the most important thing you teach your learners?
The most important thing is to teach learners to slow down and take their time. A lot of beginners tend to rush their welds and when you do not get the weld to penetrate deep down in the metal it will not hold, which is important especially if you are welding structural joints. It needs to be well put together and you need to make sure your welds are really hot. When I first started I had several things fall apart on me and I thought what am I doing wrong here? That’s another important thing I guess, you cannot weld for an hour and expect to be good at it – there is a lot that goes into learning the different welding positions. For the most part it’s all about experience, practising and getting confident in your ability.
Are there a lot of safety aspects you need to cover?
Yeah definitely, welding without a helmet or a mask can be really dangerous – the light that comes off the welder is ultra violet so is ten times worse than the sun and can really damage your skin. You need to protect your face and wear leather gloves so you don’t get burnt. There are also safety factors to consider working with welding tools such as grinders – if you are not careful it will take your fingers off!
That sounds like dangerous stuff! Why do you think your videos and the online learning approach is so popular with your students?
Well schools are so expensive these days and if you are working full time you might not be able to commit to going back to the classroom. I’m self taught and can weld just fine. It’s more convenient to learn at home without spending a lot of money.
What are the most important aspects for students to look for when choosing a course?
Well first of all they need to do a bit of research and see what area of welding they want to get into. Whether it’s mid welding, stick welding or tig welding, you need to research it before signing up to a course.
My final question is what advice would you give someone who wants to follow in your footsteps and teach welding?
Know what you are doing – you cannot teach anything effectively unless you know it yourself. If you don’t have the experience or the qualifications don’t do it; with welding you’re working with a lot and can do damage to yourself that is irreparable. If you weld without proper eye equipment or proper helmets set to the right level you can lose your site. I always say I wouldn’t take advice on how to be rich from a homeless man – everyone’s got their own opinion on how to do things, but make sure you know what you are doing before you go teaching.
If Garrett has inspired you to feel the heat and get welding, why not take a look at the courses listed on our site? With plenty of full time, part time and online options available, we are sure you will find something to get you inspired.
Welding courses are usually very practical. You’ll use the equipment and try out welding yourself. There will be an element of theory work and you will need to learn about the health and safety guidelines governing it, but you’ll be mostly out ‘doing’ rather than sat in a classroom.
It’s not that dangerous if you’re properly trained to do it. However, there are a few things to be wary of – electric shocks, fire and inhaling poisonous fumes, for example. This is why a course is important as you’ll learn how to weld safely and what protective clothing to wear to reduce risk.
No, this will all be provided for you on the course.
You will need to wear protective clothing in order to do welding but for your course this will be provided for you. Most employers will also provide this so it’s unlikely you’ll have to buy any afterwards.
Most welders work on a contract basis and sometimes this can mean working far from home for long periods of time. Others will be employed full time by manufacturing companies.
Most employers will expect you to have some kind of qualification in this area and commonly this will be a Level 2/3 Certificate in one of the following – Fabrication and Welding Practice, Welding Skills or Engineering (in which you would pick the welding options). Many people gain these through doing an apprenticeship, so they will be employed in a welding job before they start working towards them.
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Before writing the guide, you could probably fit what we knew about welding on the back of a stamp. Fast forward a few weeks and we have become a melting pot of information about this sizzling profession. So before signing up to a course, why not sit back and take a look at the seven things you might not know about welding.
1. Explosive welding is one of the most powerful welding processes
This form of welding can accomplish what other welding methods can’t and can join nearly every kind of metal together, even the most highly dissimilar ones.
2. Blacksmiths were some of the earliest welders
Until the end of the 19th Century the only welding process was forge welding. This is a solid state welding process that joins two pieces of metal together by heating them to a high temperature and hammering them together. This is one of the oldest forms of welding and has been used for centuries by blacksmiths.
3.The first welding robot was born in 1961
In 1961 General Motors installed the first industrial robot in history, named the Unimate. The Unimate came complete with a motorized arm, which weighed more than two tonnes, but allowed the robot to perform spot welds by following step-by-step commands.
4. The first welded road bridge was built in 1927
The first welded road bridge to be constructed was the Maurzyce Bridge in 1927, built across Sludwia near Lowicz, Poland.
5. You can weld underwater
This really baffled us, but it’s true! In fact the current world record for the deepest underwater dry weld was set by Global Industries in 1990, at 1075 feet deep. A dry weld is carried out underwater with a chamber sealed around the structure to be welded. Alternatively, a wet weld is a weld performed under the sea in open water. The wet welding record was set by the US Navy in 2005, at 2000 feet deep.
6. It really does get hot
The highest temperature of burning in welding is 5000⁰C, which is around the temperature of the surface of the Sun – you can see now why it’s imperative you wear protective clothing.
7. Metal can be expensive stuff
If you are welding the right sorts of metals, welding can be a lucrative business. For example, the most expensive metal ever made by man is Californium 252, which has an estimated value of $6,500,000 per gram. In fact at this moment in time there are no more than five grams of Californium 252 in the world. This wonder metal is used in medicine in the treatment of cancer, and in various industries checking welded joints. (Yes, we thought it looked a little underwhelming too).
If you fancy putting the gloves on and having a go at welding for yourself, why not take a look at the courses listed on our site? Jump into the melting pot (but don’t really); with plenty of full time, part time and online options available what are you waiting for?
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