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.
How dangerous is welding?
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.
Do I need any specialist equipment?
No, this will all be provided for you on the course.
Will I need to purchase protective clothing?
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.
What are my options after I’m qualified?
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.
Which qualifications do I need to work as a welder?
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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