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.
Where: Northern Regional College
What: Advanced Welding
by Robert - September 2013
I recently completed this course as a way of hopefully gaining some codings, unfortunately I found it to be a complete waste of time and money. Firstly, I turned up every week and welded away for the duration but whilst the tutor himself... more
EAL is the specialist, employer-recognised awarding organisation for the engineering, manufacturing, building services and related sectors. We are the only awarding organisation to invest in the industries we serve and the skills of those who work within them. Our commitment to partnering industry and focus on our core sectors gives us unrivalled knowledge and understanding of employer skills needs. This results in qualifications that carry weight and respect with employers and deliver real career benefits for learners.
Welders, often known as welder fabricators, cut, shape and join materials to make products and components in a wide variety of industries including construction, shipbuilding, engineering, transport, power, automotive, aerospace, and offshore oil and gas. They also work in these industries carrying out repair and maintenance of equipment and machinery. Although welders primarily work with metals and alloys, they can also cut and join composite materials. Welders use a range of welding and cutting techniques in their role. Some common methods include: oxyacetylene –...more
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